NIGERIA - HarvestPlus, the organisation leading global effort to end hidden hunger, has given an award to Dr Alfred Dixon, known by his peers as “Dr. cassava,” and currently Project Leader for the Cassava Weed Management Project/Head, Project Coordination Office at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in recognition of his outstanding performance towards the rapid development of provitamin A cassava varieties in Nigeria.
SOUTH AFRICA - In order to address Africa's poor agricultural productivity international players are intent on criminalising traditional seed saving practices.
ZAMBIA - Food Reserve Agency (FRA) executive director Chola Kafwabulula says the high moisture content remains a challenge in rolling out the maize purchase exercise to all the parts of the country.
KENYA - The government has ordered exporters of fresh produce to Europe to either adhere to the laid down health standards or close shop as the country fights to save the multi-billion shilling horticulture sector from collapse.
NIGERIA - Improved maize germplasm developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and disseminated across Africa is improving livelihoods, and the impact on the continent is greater than earlier imagined.