GoSeed – Seeding Africa’s future

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As a business unit of the IITA Business Incubation Platform (BIP), GoSeed is charged with the production and marketing of quality breeder and foundation seeds/planting materials of IITA mandate crops to private seed companies for production, distribution, and sale of quality certified seeds/planting materials to farmers. Awareness and use of quality seeds/planting materials of improved IITA maize, cowpea, soybean, and … Read More

IITA BIP – Bridging science and private sector

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The dictionary defines ‘incubate’ – as a verb – to mean “to develop; grow; take form” and “to develop or produce as if by hatching; give form.” The word is usually associated when hens produce chicks. In a way, through our Business Incubation Platform (BIP), this is not a far-fetched description of what we do: we conceive ideas and technologies … Read More

NoduMax – Giving legumes a good fix

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Picture of the NoduMax team at factory start-up

The NoduMax legume inoculant is a product that contains nitrogen-fixing rhizobia able to colonize the roots of soybean and literally transform the crop into a “biological factory” drawing valuable nitrogen from the atmosphere, improving both the crop and soil. The development of NoduMax as an enterprise within the IITA Business Incubation Platform (BIP) is indeed timely considering that soybean farmers … Read More

aflasafe TM – Safer crops for a healthier tomorrow

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Picture of practical aflasafe field application after training, Kafanchan

Biological control is a natural, safe, and cost-effective scientific solution that drastically reduces aflatoxin contamination in maize and groundnut. The principles are based on crowding out aflatoxin-producing strains of Aspergillus flavus with carefully selected native strains of the same fungus that cannot produce aflatoxins. This biocontrol concept was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). … Read More