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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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The Nigerian Government’s role in the establishment of IITA
June 15, 2017

IITA’s 1000-hectare land was actually a donation of the Nigerian government, with an annual rental fee of one peppercorn (if demanded)….

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Peppercorn used as IITA annual rental
June 15, 2017

The 1000-hectare land that the IITA campus rests on was donated by the government to the Ford and Rockefeller foundation. The…

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Myers’ “mandate”
June 15, 2017

Will Martin Myers, a representative of the Rockefeller Foundation, wrote a 38-page document entitled “International Institute of Tropical Agriculture: Tentative Scope…

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