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  • GMO cassava could help Nigerian farmers prolong crop storage

    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 […]


    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 […]

  • RADIO SHOW- Agricultural Biotechnology and GMOs in Nigeria

    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 […]

  • Youth and Agricultural Biotechnologies

    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 […]


    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 […]


    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, […]

  • What Exactly are GMOs?

    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 […]

  • Biotechnology, Africa’s Next Frontier

    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 […]


    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 […]

  • Aflatoxin contamination effects in Nigeria and IITA’s Pilot Challenge Project for Implementers

    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, […]

  • 10 big trends in agriculture all young people must know

    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 […]

  • The Zeer Pot- Preserving Our Food

    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 […]

  • Ways ICT Can Transform Nigeria’s Agriculture

    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 […]

  • Researchers successfully grow “seed yams in the air”

    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 […]

  • Nigerian Researcher develops solar tent dryer for cocoa

    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, […]

  • Africa: Feeding Africa Through Agricultural Innovation

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The beauty of the Rabbit

    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 […]

  • A fungus to the rescue

    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 […]

  • Nigeria releases two extra-early maturing white maize hybrids


    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 […]