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New pest identified in West and Central Africa!

May 24th, 2018 / IITA

A new pest—southern armyworm, Spodoptera eridania (Stoll)—has been discovered in West and Central Africa!
This introduced second armyworm species from the Americas was first found in cassava fields in south-eastern Nigeria in December 2016, reported Dr Georg Goergen, Entomologist/Biocontrol Specialist and Head of IITA’s Biodiversity Center in Bénin. Its presence was …

Promote alliances in cassava R&D to aid food security

January 10th, 2017 / SciDev.net, UK

Strengthening collaborations among institutions and small-scale cassava farmers could help Central Africa reduce hunger and foster nutrition security, experts say.
Research scientists from academic institutions and policymakers say that collaborations in research and development would promote innovation to address the challenges of nutrition insecurity such as stunting in children. See …

How African agriculture exchange internships w/ Israel benefit university students

October 7th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, by B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru

Hard-working students are being selected to participate in an exchange internship programme to Israel where they are expected to learn advanced skills in agriculture. The Israeli initiative is open to African countries mainly in West and Central Africa. The first Ugandan students to benefit from this initiative were 41 students, …