Effective Project Administration

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IITA’s success depends largely on our partnerships, hence, external capacity building of national partners is very important to IITA. Over the years, IITA has been working with partners to achieve this. Last year staff from the Project Administration Office (PAO) participated in several launching meetings or annual project meetings to train and work with the partners on project administration and … Read More

Training and Seminars

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In 2015, IITA focused its efforts on providing training for partners in the national programs, especially scientists and research technicians. Training programs include Professional Capacity Advancement Program, Graduate Research Program, and Short-Term Courses. Table 1 shows the breakdown for degree-related training: postgraduate students recruited (54 MSc and 45 PhD with 62 males and 37 females) and those who completed the … Read More

Scaling N2Africa products through Private-Public Partnerships

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Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa(N2Africa) is a project that is working to expand the farm area planted to grain legumes (common bean, cowpea, groundnut, chickpea, faba bean, and soybean) and enhance their yields to improve smallholder farmers’ incomes and food and nutrition security. At the end of Phase 1 (2010 to 2013) the project had … Read More

DeMISSTifying the soybean seed system in Malawi

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In Malawi, soybean is the lifeblood of thousands of smallholder farmers. It offers them a myriad opportunities: a readily available market, attractive farm-gate prices, and the potential to improve their nutritional security. However, current production levels are low, averaging less than 1 t/ha. There is minimal adoption of improved varieties and agronomic practices because these farmers, in particular, have limited … Read More

Integrated soil fertility management and coffee-banana intercropping in climate-smart agriculture

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Figure 1. Key building blocks of CIALCA’s integrated livelihood systems R4D.

The impacts of global changes become more and more tangible, particularly on how we grow food, and governments, researchers, farmers, and other stakeholders are increasingly turning their attention to ClimateSmart Agriculture (CSA). With the rapidly changing climate, CSA builds on three dimensions: (1) intensifying productivity; (2) enhancing resilience; and (3) reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture … Read More

Our Finances and Supporters

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A decade of CIALCA: Lessons learned from integrated systems R4D in the Great Lakes Region

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The Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) emanated from three individual project proposals submitted by IITA, Bioversity International, and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) that were approved by the Belgian Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGD) in 2006. As the projects were to operate largely in the same parts of Rwanda, Burundi, and DR Congo, … Read More

CBSD in East Africa: The fight continues

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Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) is a viral disease that rots cassava roots and renders them useless. Before the twenty-first century it was largely restricted to coastal Eastern Africa. However, in the early 2000s, new outbreaks were reported from mid-altitude areas (>1000 m above sea level) of south-central Uganda, western Kenya, and northwestern Tanzania, precipitated by huge increases in the … Read More

East African Highland Banana: Saving the future by understanding the past

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Banana (Musa spp.) is one of the world’s most popular fruits and a mainstay on the family table along with rice, wheat, and maize. Bananas produce few, if any, seeds and are instead vegetatively propagated by taking a part of the plant—an offshoot or a sucker—and sticking it into the ground to grow a genetically identical “copy” of the mother … Read More