Monday, March 8, 2021

DG endorses IITA Cassava Weed Management Project

The Board of Trustees of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, and 300 reseachers, Dr Kenton Dashiell endorsed the efficient mechanism of the IITA-managed Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP)

The Board of Trustees of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, and 300 reseachers, Dr Kenton Dashiell endorsed the efficient mechanism of the IITA-managed Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP)

His presentation, which focused on the IITA’s Partnership for Delivery strategy, highlighted the institute’s renewed commitment to impact on farms and how the institute was responding to Africa’s agricultural realities in the context of food security and wealth creation.

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Other projects which featured in the presentation were the result project on the control of aflatoxins, N2Africa, the IITA Business Incubation Platform, and the IITA Youth Agri-Business program.

Dr Dashiell who oversees a portfolio of projects said the vision of the Partnerships for Delivery Directorate was to ensure that the excellent research being generated is delivered at scale, support policy dialogues, and promote youth and private sector entrepreneurship.

Dr Alfred Dixon, Project Leader, Cassava Weed Management Project stated that: “The IITA Cassava Weed Management Project began in 2014. It has five components—three focusing on research and two on delivery and effective project management. “All these components are integrated in a research-for-development model,”.

The integrated weed project which aims to reach 125,000 farmers in its 5 year circle is said to have been showing farmers the best approaches to control weeds in cassava farming systems, making farming cassava less burdensome, and increasing yields.

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