Africa’s farmers will have room to grow

A vital research program that has already had significant impact on the lives of African farmers will accelerate its work for their benefit, thanks to new funding from one of the world’s most important philanthropic organizations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

New look for Agriculturist

“We are really pleased to inform you that the NEW LOOK for New Agriculturist has now been launched. See highlights featured below including Kathy Sierra’s perspective, a news item on the CGIAR awards and CG articles also in Focus On, Developments and news in brief items.”

IITA aircraft incident

IBADAN, Monday, 8 January 2007 – The light aircraft of the International Institute of Tropical Agrticulture (IITA) was involved in an incident on Saturday 6 January 2007 in the late afternoon.

Grant for Cassava Promotion in Africa

The W.K. Kellog Foundation has given a grant of US$599 800 to IITA to promote NEPAD Pan Africa Cassava Initiative (NPACI) for sustainable economic growth, food security, and poverty alleviation in Africa.

IITA – Award winning science

Two IITAscientists were among few recipients of this year’s Science Awards conferred by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), at its recent annual general meeting in Washington DC.

GM bananas to fight wilt in Africa

There is no doubt that farmers and governments have tried to make the most use of available methods to fight banana wilt. But these efforts need to be supported with additional alternatives-developing transgenic banana varieties resistant to banana Xanthomonas wilt (BXW).

Controversies in science

This week SciDev.Net has published a pair of practical advice article. The one offers guidance to journalists reporting on controversies in science, the other supports scientists and science communicators to explain them to the public: