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June 18, 2020
TAAT Excites Beninese Farmers with Pro Vitamin A Cassava Varieties
A staple to about 350 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, cassava, had been declared in 2003 by African Heads of ...
June 9, 2020
How BASICS is changing Nigeria’s cassava seed sector, creating seed entrepreneurs
For the past decades, Africa has been grappling with the sustainable diffusion of improved cassava varieties due to a weak ...
June 1, 2020
IITA scientist develops a cheaper and faster tool for identifying whiteflies
A CGIAR-IITA scientist has developed a more cost and time effective molecular diagnostic tool that can accurately identify different subgroups ...
May 28, 2020
IITA banana research paper in Wiley’s Plant Pathology journal among the most downloaded
A paper published by a team led by scientists from IITA was among the top 10% most downloaded of all ...
April 23, 2020
How did an ancient plant from Latin America become Asia’s second-most-important cash crop?
Valued at dining room tables and factory floors alike, cassava is worth about $10 billion in Asia. The continued growth ...
February 25, 2020
What’s next for CGIAR?
If you don’t know what CGIAR is, stop reading or ask Bill Gates (“you’ve probably never heard of CGIAR, but they are ...
November 25, 2019
Grant will support expanded use of artificial intelligence for crop health
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A research team developing artificial-intelligence-based solutions for diagnosing and managing threats to crop health has received ...
November 21, 2019
In the war on emerging crop diseases, scientists develop new ‘War Room’ simulations
Farmers rely on seed systems for access to high-quality, disease-free planting material at the start of the season. Good seed ...
November 16, 2019
Lowly camote to save the day – for food security and climate-change resiliency
Camote (sweet potato) chips, anyone? How about camote cue, or the simple boiled camote? Did you know there is more ...
August 7, 2019
Africa and Asia will propel the world’s population towards 10 billion – but are their food systems ready?
Improving access to other key inputs like water and fertilizer, as well as wider technical services such as agricultural machinery, ...
April 22, 2019
FoodSTART+ featured in the latest iMPACT magazine issue
FoodSTART+ Principal Investigator, Diego Naziri, and CIAT Market Access Specialist, Brice Even shared how the partnership between grant projects and ...
April 11, 2019
University of Florida Researchers Develop Model to Help Keep Crop Seeds Healthy
Working with international researchers, University of Florida scientists have developed a model that will help protect good seeds, which are ...
June 7, 2018
Calling On Nature To Combat Insect Pests In Vietnam’s Cassava Crop
"Good bugs, huh?” –farmers and homeowners alike all too often give a blank stare when questioned about the beneficial insects ...
June 6, 2018
World Potato Congress highlights scientific advances
Tubers were the talk of the town in Cusco, Peru during the week of May 27, when the 10th World ...
April 23, 2018
Tanzania: Banana Experts Meet to Discuss Hybrid Varieties
An international project whose goal is to boost banana production in Tanzania and Uganda brings together a team of international ...
October 16, 2017
New mobile app diagnoses crop diseases in the field and alerts rural farmers
Researchers who developed a new mobile application that uses artificial intelligence to accurately diagnose crop diseases in the field have ...
May 12, 2017
Saving the world – Nature editorial
A long and almost uncrossable distance separates fundamental plant research carried out predominantly in rich countries, and the production of ...
April 12, 2017
BASICS targets sustainable seed system to transform cassava production
Stakeholders in the seed sector have been advised on the need to work towards a sustainable seed system in Nigeria ...
October 5, 2016
Uganda: Search for Ways to Improve Cassava Shelf Life
Millions of Uganda rely on cassava not only for food security but as a means of livelihood. However, an issue ...
October 5, 2016
Stakeholders combat banana bunchy top disease
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has intensified efforts aimed at preventing the further spread of Banana Bunchy Top ...
May 2, 2016
Nigeria: $11.6m for Sustainable Cassava Seed System
A four-year $11.6m project ending 2019 to develop a commercially sustainable cassava seed value chain in Nigeria, was recently launched ...
May 1, 2016
New Project To Build Commercially Sustainable Cassava Seed System In Nigeria
A four-year project (2015 – 2019) to develop a commercially sustainable cassava seed value chain in Nigeria, was officially launched ...
April 13, 2016
Uganda: High post harvest losses in cooking bananas
Cooking banana is the main staple crop in Uganda produced mostly by smallholders for food and income. However, the cooking ...
April 6, 2016
Making use of sweetpotato vines as silage
When James Francis Ojakol enrolled for a Master degree in animal science at Makerere University, he had no idea how ...