MAIZE – 2013

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The CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) has been designed to generate and provide new technologies, know-how, methodologies, and novel tools. The program has been organized around nine strategic initiatives that house sets of activities. IITA has been implementing activities clustered around the various strategic initiatives in West and Central Africa for the last 2 years. The highlights for 2013 … Read More

Roots, Tubers, and Bananas – 2013

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The CIP-lead CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers, and Bananas (RTB) is one of the programs that engage the most scientists at IITA. RTB is organized around a number of delivery, discovery and learning, and support Flagships; IITA is actively involved in several of those, contributing broad expertise on cassava, banana, and yam, ranging from molecular plant breeding and pathology … Read More

Agriculture for Nutrition and Health – 2013

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The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), led by IFPRI, pursues two strategies: to influence agricultural research to focus its contributions on improving health and nutrition outputs and outcomes, and to enhance collaborative research among the agriculture, nutrition, and health research communities. The program is organized around five components: (1) Nutrition-sensitive value chain, (2) Biofortification, (3) … Read More

Water, Land, and Ecosystems – 2013

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IITA’s contribution to the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land, and Ecosystems (WLE) is focused on identifying integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) interventions for the sustainable intensification of farming landscapes, and the development of site-specific recommendations for moving such interventions to scale. Heterogeneous farming landscapes provide the context for site selection and are also the domain within which recommendations are … Read More

Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture (CCAFS) – 2013

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CCAFS was among the first CGIAR Research Programs to start. CIAT is leading this global, collaborative effort involving all 15 CGIAR centers. IITA is involved in activities in Africa where the main collaborators are NARS partners in the west and east African humid zones and CGIAR centers CIAT, ILRI, ICRAF, Bioversity, and IFPRI. CCAFS’ vision is to reduce poverty and … Read More

Genebanks – 2013

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The collection, conservation, documentation, and facilitation of the effective use of plant genetic resources are central components of efforts to enhance food security. IITA’s Genetic Resources Center (GRC) houses key germplasm collections of the major staple crops of sub-Saharan Africa, cassava, cowpea, maize, yam, soybean, banana and plantain, also of African yam bean, bambara groundnut, winged bean, and other legumes. … Read More

Grain Legumes – 2013

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As a partner in the ICRISAT-led CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes, IITA participated in three Product Lines in 2013: PL1. Drought and low-phosphorus tolerant common bean, cowpea, and soybean; PL4. High nitrogen-fixing chickpea, common bean, faba bean, and soybean; and PL5. Insect-smart chickpea, cowpea, and pigeonpea production systems. IITA’s work was focused on cowpea and soybean and carried out … Read More

Policies, Institutions, and Markets – 2013

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The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) is a program of research designed to bring about improvements in policies, institutions, and markets for achieving impact in the four areas that constitute the system-level outcomes of CGIAR—improved food security, reduced rural poverty, improved nutrition and health, and more sustainable management of natural resources. PIM’s work was reorganized in … Read More

Humidtropics – 2013

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As the lead center of Humidtropics, the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics, IITA has embraced the challenge and the opportunity to broaden its contribution to the global strategy towards poverty alleviation, food security and nutrition enhancement, and environmental integrity management. Through the Humidtropics’ Executive Office, the Institute oversees the conduct of integrated systems research that … Read More