Bringing IITA research results into the open

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For many years, one of the most common criticisms levied against international agricultural research centers is that many of its intellectual products are usually relegated to the proverbial ‘shelf’ once a research project is completed and the required reports have been submitted to funders. Such a practice has deprived intended beneficiaries— resource-poor smallholder farmers—the opportunity to better their lot through … Read More

Innovations in big data

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Modern advancements in Internet data, computer hardware and software, global standards, online collaboration platforms, and mobile technologies now allow the easy integration of various data management processes that were previously strictly separated. In agricultural research, these advancements have revolutionized how information is captured, pre-processed, automated, analyzed, and accessed by multiple users in different locations at near real-time. This has accelerated … Read More

Towards a gender-equal IITA

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A strong point of the IITA 2012–2020 Refreshed Strategy is its emphasis on promoting gender equality across the institute, specifically stating that “gender equity is to be ensured in all areas of operation”. This means that a gender perspective is to be integrated into every aspect of the formulation, development, and implementation of IITA policies, initiatives, projects, and activities. This … Read More

BIP: Business more than usual

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IITA’s Business Incubation Platform (BIP) supports the Institute’s strategic goals and accelerates the commercial development of its proven and profitable R4D technologies, ensuring close alignment with R4D, the institute’s research arm. BIP focuses on two avenues of commercial development: the creation of innovative and commercially-viable products by IITA scientists, and the initiation and building of a network of public and … Read More

IITA Youth Agripreneurs: Building the future of Africa today

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The IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) is breaking new ground and recording successes in Nigeria—its birthplace—and the hubs. For 2015, a landmark achievement of IYA was that the proposal to train about 140 young people from the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria on agribusiness was approved. The project, which is sponsored by Chevron Nigeria Limited, will give IYA the opportunity to fully … Read More