Facing declining oil prices, the Nigerian government has reached out to identify new sources of income and explore new markets. Investments in agriculture look promising.
Many local industries depend heavily on cassava and Nigeria is the biggest cassava grower in the world. However, cassava yields are comparatively low. The Economist, in a recent special article about Nigeria, examined these changes and highlighted the role of scientists from IITA in developing higher yielding cassava varieties, which can make a key contribution.
Read more about this recent development and the work of IITA scientists in The Economist special article about Nigeria published on June 20th.