Oct 06 2017
The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is currently seeking approval from the Nigerian government to conduct confined field trials (CFT) of cassava genetically engineered to prolong root storage — the most nagging challenge of cassava breeders.
The trials, which would be carried out by IITA in collaboration with several universities in Switzerland and Germany, would test cassava […]
May 17 2017
By: Modesta Nnedinso Abugu Program Assistant for the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology-Nigeria Chapter and Fellow of Cornell University’s Alliance for Science Program
Nigeria will be the world’s third most populous country by 2050, according to the United Nations’ (UN) projections for West Africa. As a Nigerian, I don’t know if this news should make me happy […]
Feb 01 2017
This is an opportunity to get informed and make science based decision as an individual and a nation on the issues relating to biotechnology and GMOs
In the spirit of creating more awareness on Agricultural Biotechnology and GMOs in Nigeria, Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology(OFAB) Nigeria has intensified its nationwide radio programs now available on every radio […]
Feb 01 2017
Agriculture, Biotechnology and Youth
In the 1850’s, Louis Pasteur discovered fermentation process which implicates involvement of microbes, this is called the initiation of biotechnology in soil microbiology. Later when direct extraction and characterization of microbial DNA from environmental sample became possible around time period of 1900’s-2000’s, then the concept of soil has been changing which include not […]
Feb 01 2017
Recently, I visited one of the Genetically Modified Cowpea on-farm trials sites in Zaria, Kaduna state. My encounter with the farmers, scientists spurred me to write this article which focus on the challenges of cowpea farming in Nigeria.
Cowpea, commonly known as beans is grown in all parts of Nigeria but the crop seems to do […]
Jun 30 2016
Why should the Government want to Plot such an Evil on us? So asked Timothy, a farmer I met some days ago in a farm behind Asokoro district Abuja after he heard so much negative stories from the critics of GMOs.
Timothy, like so many other farmers and consumers in Nigeria having heard so much myth […]
Jun 21 2016
The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has called on Nigerians not to panic over the issue of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO). She said presently no genetically modified organisms are officially grown in Nigeria.
The Minister stated that, “what we have approval are for field trials”. “All the GMOs in Nigeria officially approved are under experimental fields, […]
May 02 2016
Genetically modified organisms (GMOS) should be given a chance in Africa to help solve the continent’s food, agriculture and human security challenges. They might be world’s most controversial food, but the science is just as simple as any other scientific innovation you can ever think of, I need you to take your minds back to […]
Apr 20 2016
President of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Arch. Kabiru Ibrahim has said Nigerian farmers are completely in support of the introduction of agricultural biotechnology.
“Farmers are completely in support of bio-technology but it is brief-case farmers are the ones who are making noise about it,” he told journalists during the 2016 National Agricultural Show […]
Apr 20 2016
The former Tanzanian Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives, Hon. Adam Kigoma Malima, has described modern biotechnology as the next frontier Africa has to conquer in order to ensure food security.
He stated this at a week-long Africa leadership course on strategic planning and grassroots organising by the Cornell Alliance for Science (CALS) which took […]
Apr 20 2016
As a graduate of biotechnology and genetics I am poised to write to authorities in the agriculture sector, policy makers, sister and supporting Ministries departments and Agencies, opinion leaders, well spirited individuals, private sector and students to describe the usefulness and applications of this novel field of agricultural biotechnology and show how it can contribute […]
Dec 20 2015
Application Closing Date
15th January, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Aflatoxin Contamination in Nigeria
Aflatoxin contamination is a global problem affecting 4.5 billion people in developing countries. Among the most carcinogenic substances known, aflatoxins are produced by some species of Aspergillus fungi that are most commonly found in grains such as maize and groundnuts. In Nigeria, […]
Dec 02 2015
Agriculture appears to present more and more opportunities in the future just as it does today, if not more.
More and more people will demand food, especially as the world fight against poverty and hunger continues for one thing. For another, Agriculture will continue to be mechanized, more technology -based and extremely marketed. All this will […]
Aug 21 2015
It’s no news that for over 4 thousand years ago, farmers have employed the use of solar energy in drying their crops and heating their water. Today is no different except that the Solar energy system technology has now gone advanced since the late 19th century when it was first discovered by A. E Becquerel […]
Sep 24 2014
Three newly improved vitamin A cassava varieties with yellow roots have been released by the Nigerian government, stepping up efforts to tackle the problem of vitamin A deficiency especially among women and children in the country. These new varieties were developed jointly by IITA and the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) Umudike.
The three […]
Sep 16 2014
If you live in Nigeria like me and you are reading this, chances are that you have problems with electricity in your town or city. We have a good-sized refrigerator, but we cannot power them with charcoal?
Change Your Food Storage Mind-set
Do you know more food than you might think can go for some time without […]
Sep 15 2014
What is ICT?
ICT (Information and communication technology) is an umbrella term that include any communication device or application, encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and e.t.c, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such videoconferences and distance learning . ICTs are always involving and […]
Dec 27 2013
Researchers at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have successfully grown seed yams in the air using aeroponics technology, raising hopes and more options for the propagation of virus- and disease-free planting materials.
In preliminary trials, Dr Norbert Maroya, Project Manager for the Yam Improvement for Incomes and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) project […]
Oct 05 2013
Mr Folorunsho Babarinsa, a researcher at the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), Ilorin, said the institute had developed a Solar Tent Dryer for cocoa beans.
Babarinsa said in Abuja on Wednesday 3rd October that the dryer was developed to revive the country’s lost glory in cocoa production and boost export of the commodity.
According to him, […]
Oct 04 2013
After the agriculture heyday of 30 years ago, the sector got scant attention, especially from African presidents whose nations were well endowed with natural resources, like oil-rich Nigeria. But many African leaders are returning to a focus on what their nations can grow.
Nigeria, for example, was once a major exporter of groundnuts, or peanuts, cocoa […]
Oct 02 2013
Roots and tubers provide great opportunities for long-term poverty alleviation and food security, says Ghanaian President
Improving the competitiveness of root and tubers will help in alleviating poverty in Africa, considering that 80 percent of people in the rural areas depend on agriculture as a source of livelihood, according to Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama today.
“Root and tuber crops (sweet potato, cassava, and yams) provide great opportunities for long-term poverty alleviation […]
Aug 21 2013
Contributed by Femi Adesola
The rabbit with the scientific name Oryctologus cuniculus belongs to the small order largomorpha. Rabbits were wild in Europe and were believed to migrate from the Europe into England between 11th and 12th century, while several breeds of it were known in the 16th century. In 1596 Agricola started the identifications of […]
Aug 19 2013
Whenever the name fungus – or its plural fungi – is mentioned, the first image that comes to the mind of an agriculturist or anyone with the knowledge of plant pathology is that of a disease-causing microorganism. So, to many, it may be surprising to hear that a fungus can also be used to fight […]
Aug 19 2013
By Godwin Aster(Communication Officer,WCA-IITA)
Nigeria has released two extra-early maturing maize hybrids with combined resistance/tolerance to Striga, drought, and low soil-nitrogen.
The extra-early hybrids, originally known as IITA Hybrid EEWH-21 and IITA Hybrid EEWH-26, are now designated Ife Maizehyb-5 and Ife Maizehyb-6. They were developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and tested extensively in Nigeria […]
Aug 08 2013
Women comprise the majority of farmers in many rural African communities, but their farming operations are carried out menially with few or no innovations, so they incur a lot of losses and earn very little. Due to religious and socio-cultural dictates, many of the rural societies where these women live frown on close interaction between […]
Aug 07 2013
How can we make African researchers and research centers work faster and collaborate more efficiently with other stakeholders?