Dr. Nteranya Sanginga, Director General and Dr. Bernard Vanlauwe, Director R4D from the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) met with the management of SLU on 8 June 2017. The aim of the visit was to discuss and explore further collaborations between IITA and SLU.
During the day of the visit, several SLU researchers presented their projects for the IITA delegation.
SLU and IITA have several ongoing collaborations, such as Biofortification of Cassava (Erik Alexandersson, Department of Plant Protection Biology, SLU), Youth Agri-Entrepreneurship (Kostas Karantininis, Department of Economics, SLU), and others.
The discussion during the meeting circled around the continuous collaboration and plans for the way forward, but also how to best complement each other, how to generate resources and funding, new possibilities etc.
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IITA is research-for-development (R4D) organization, providing solutions to hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources in Africa. Since 1967, IITA has worked with international and national partners to we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity.
IITA is guided by an ambitious strategy–to lift 11.5 million people out of poverty and revitalize 7.5 million hectares of farmland–by 2020. As one of 15 research centers in the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food secure future, IITA is engaged in several CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs).
IITA’s R4D programs are focused on four crucial areas: Biotechnology and Genetic Improvement, Natural Resource Management, Social Science and Agribusiness, Plant Production and Plant Health and Nutrition and Food Technology.