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Picture of Cowpea
Dual-purpose cowpea
December 1, 2017

In the late 1980s, there was an increase in the production of cowpea by around US$650 million annually in Nigeria alone….

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Picture of Drs Edward Pulver (left), and Eric Kueneman (right)
New soybean for Africa
December 1, 2017

Before IITA was set up in Ibadan, high-yielding soybean cultivars from the USA could not be grown in Africa without what…

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Looking back: Battling the Cassava Mosaic Virus
November 22, 2017

In 1971, Dr S.K. Hahn arrived in the IITA campus in Ibadan to establish a Root and Tuber Improvement Program. However,…

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Picture of Hans R. Herren (right) and Peter Neuenschwander (left)
The first achievement of the Biological Control Center for Africa
August 25, 2017

In the 1980s, the Biological Control Center for Africa was set up by IITA in Cotonou. Beforehand, in the late 1970s,…

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IITA’s first collaborative projects
July 16, 2017

IITA’s first project involving research cooperation was established in 1971 with the Overseas Development Administration in the UK. The project focused…

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Picture of participants at the First Bellagio Conference.
The Consultative Group on International Agricutural Research*
July 16, 2017

IITA is part of the 15 international research centers scattered across the world under the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research…

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The two principal founders of IITA
July 8, 2017

The idea of a research institute in sub-Saharan Africa was first discussed by Forrest Hill and George Harrar of the Ford…

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The start of IITA’s Training Program, and progress to date
July 7, 2017

A. Hugh Bunting, Chairman of IITA’s Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1979, wrote a report on training for staff of…

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Picture of main entrance under construction, 1969.
IITA50-LookingBack: PPS and the IITA Campus
June 26, 2017

The IITA Campus we know today owes its history to the institute’s Physical Plant Services (PPS). Plans for the first phase…

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Biafran War almost impeded IITA establishment!
June 15, 2017

The official legislation that would eventually construct IITA was just being reviewed by representatives of the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations when…

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