A survey done within the SLU Global theme "Efficiency of farming systems", in early 2013, addressing the broader SLU community suggested substantial interest for SLU scientists to cooperate with the International Institute of Tropcial Agriculture (IITA) along a wide range of themes.
The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in September 2012 between SLU and IITA supports this commitment to strengthen institutional relationships towards enhancing science capacity and relevance for both institutes, ultimately aiming at the development and promotion of more effective tools and interventions to improve livelihoods of African farmers.
Towards enhanced cooperation - activities
One of the the expected outcomes of the workshop is identification of major research areas of cooperation enhancing synergies between IITA and SLU research programs.
The workshop in Alnarp was a follow-up to the previous meeting in Nigeria, aiming at concrete plans of cooperation including joint research proposals
During the inauguration of SLU Global in September 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding were signed between SLU and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture,, Nigeria. It iwas the Vice Chancellor for SLU Lisa Sennerby Forsse and Director General of IITA, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga, who signed the five-year cooperation agreement. Photo: Eric Bongcam-Rudloff
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), headquartered in Ibadan, Nigeria, and actively present in all sub-regions of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), has as major goal to improve the livelihoods of rural populations in SSA.
The research agenda is focused around four major thematic areas: