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

Gearing up for impact: IITA’s vision and mission

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In 2017, IITA—the first agricultural research center in the African link of international organizations—will mark 50 years of supporting national systems and nourishing the African smallholder farmers. Our mission remains: to offer a leading research partnership that facilitates agricultural solutions for hunger, poverty, and natural resource degradation throughout the tropics. To make sure that we meet our goal, we continue ... Read More

Message from the Director General

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Dr Nteranya Sanginga Director General In 2017, we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary – half a century spent in nourishing Africa through research-for-development! Not many international agricultural research centers have made it this far. I cannot imagine an Africa – or a world for that matter – without IITA. However, as we look towards this milestone and beyond it ... Read More

Message from the Board Chair

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Bruce Coulman Board Chair The mission of IITA is to be the leading research partner facilitating agricultural solutions to overcome hunger, poverty and natural resource degradation throughout the tropics. The Institute’s 2012-2020 Refreshed Strategic Plan established an ambitious goal of lifting 11 million people out of poverty and revitalizing 7.5 million hectares of degraded land by 2020. IITA social scientists ... Read More

BIP: BUSINESS MORE THAN USUAL

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BIP: Business more than usual 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 … 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.

Rajesh Manoharan

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Postdoctoral Fellow, IITA, Nairobi, Kenya I was selected for a postdoctoral position for the project titled “Yam tissue culture and genetic transformation” under the guidance of Dr Leena Tripathi. I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to work with a successful research team at IITA that already has a good reputation on its work on developing transgenic banana and cassava … Read More

Renee Bullock

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Postdoc researcher, Humidtropics, IITA, Nairobi, Kenya As a gender researcher, it is my job to ensure that due consideration is given to the different ways in which individuals may experience constraints and opportunities to improve their lives. This involves mainstreaming gender in our projects and activities and ensuring that we generate evidence to demonstrate how interventions may influence men, women, … Read More

Jeroen Huising

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Senior Soils Scientist and Project Leader, SR4, IITA-Ibadan, Nigeria I joined IITA in March 2014 to lead a project to support soil health consortia in Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, basically to facilitate the scaling out of Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM). Concurrently, I also lead a special initiative by IITA to establish a Soil Research-for-Development (SR4D) platform. … Read More