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8/13/2019 IITA Bulletin No. 2201
Issue No. 2201 25-29 November 2013
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Board commends IITA Management team
Refreshed IITA strategy aims to raise 11 million out of poverty, restore 7.5million hectares of degraded land
The International Institute of TropicalAgriculture has refreshed its strategy,with a vision of raising 11 million peopleout of poverty in the tropics and alsoredirecting 7.5 million ha of degraded landinto sustainable use.
The refreshed strategy has been approved bythe IITA Board of Trustees and emphasizesthe need for scientic research to achieveresults at the farm level
In Ibadan, addressing more than 200 nationaland international scientists during the week-long annual planning week (otherwise knownas Research-for-Development Week), Dr
Nteranya Sanginga, IITA Director General,called on scientists to ensure that the outcomeof their research is creating this favorableimpact.
In his presentation, Its time for IITA, DrSanginga gave a picture of the constraintsto development in the tropics, particularly inAfrica. He highlighted factors such as poornatural resource management (soils, water,and biodiversity), yield gaps, postharvest
losses, and pests and diseases as majorconstraints to the growth of the region.The unfolding scenario has placed
responsibility on IITA as a research Institute
to help tropical nations to overcome thechallenges.
Everyone is looking up to IITA to providesolutions to food insecurity in Africa, hesaid.
Dr Sanginga who assumed ofce two yearsago also gave a progress report, highlightingthe successes recorded, the problems, andthe task ahead.
During the period, the Institutes researchreputation soared to a record high.Three scientists were honored for their
achievements. Dr Charity Mutegi wonthe 2013 Norman Borlaug Award for FieldResearch and Application; Dr Georg Goergenwas honored by eminent international fruit
y taxonomists of the Royal Museum forCentral Africa, Tervuren, Belgium (MRAC)and the Natural History Museum, London,England; Dr Tahirou Abdoulaye receivedan award from the Purdue University for
protecting precious cowpea grain frompests in storage. Funding to the Institutehas doubled and the number of scientic
publications in high impact factor journalshas risen.
Central to the growth is also the upgrade inhuman and infrastructural resources. In thelast two years, a modern Science Buildinghas been built and commissioned in Dar esSalaam, Tanzania; the IITA headquartersin Ibadan has gone through a remarkableupgrade. The Institute has also begun theconstruction of the building in the SouthernAfrica Hub. Staff welfare has also receivedclose attention while attention is being givento retaining and motivating excellence.
Dr Sanginga said that the growth of theInstitute had never compromised researchquality but emphasized that researchersshould not rest on their laurels but ensurethat delivery is sustained.
There is no excuse we must deliver anddeliver, he said.
The Board of Trustees of the InternationalInstitute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)has commended the Management team ofIITA under the leadership of Dr NteranyaSanginga for the excellent management ofthe Institute.
Addressing staff during a Town Hallmeeting in Ibadan, Chair of the Board,
Dr Bruce Coulman said, IITA is well-managed.
We are very impressed with the growth ofthe institute And IITA is fortunate to havedynamic leader, he added.
The verdict of the Board received a loudovation from staff.
Dr Coulman reiterated that the research
by the Institute is relevant and clearlydemonstrates that IITA is Africas agriculturalresearch leader.
The Town Hall meeting also witnessedthe recognition of scientists who havedistinguished themselves in variousdisciplines and the presentation of awards todeserving staff.
BoT Chair Coulman addresses staff during Town Hall meeting in Ibadan
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Addressing the capacity gaps in AfricaDirector General (Partnerships andCapacity Development). He highlightedthe abysmally low number of scientists
per million of population in sub-SaharanAfrican countries.
While China has 1071 researchers per
million people; Ethiopia, Mozambique,and Togo have (each) less than 50 scientistsper million.
Dr Dashiell said part of the reason why thePCD Directorate was created was to helpaddress this gap through training.
The Directorate comprises thefollowing Ofces: Communication,Project Administration, PartnershipsCoordination, Proposal Development, andCapacity Development.
The Deputy Director General highlightedthe achievements of the Directorate andalso introduced the Business IncubationPlatform (BIP)a new initiative under theDirectorate that will provide opportunitiesfor scaling up technology with a privatesector perspective in view.
The need for partnerships and capacitydevelopment was brought to the foreduring a thought-provoking presentation
by Dr Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy
More than 200 researchers in Ibadan for R4D
About 200 scientists and staffconverged on Ibadan between 25 and29 November for the 2013 annual planningweek, otherwise known as Research-for-Development Week (R4D Week).
Researchers and staff were welcomed bythe Deputy Director General (Research),Dr Ylva Hillbur, who also gave a summaryof activities for the week.
She explained that the event was aimedat promoting interactions and knowledge
sharing among staff, and collectivelyplanning ahead.
This years theme for the week-long
event was It is IITAs time. The themewas adopted from pronouncements earliermade by the Vice Chair of IITA Boardof Trustees, John Grifth, during theceremony of laying the foundation stonefor the IITA building for the SouthernAfrica Hub in Zambia.
The week provided opportunity forresearchers to make presentations oncurrent programs and projects, discussnew initiatives, hold workshops on specic
research themes and CGIAR ResearchPrograms, present posters, hold meetings,and socialize.
Hillbur welcomes staff
Melba Mussagy,AgroenterpriseDeve lopmen tSpecialist This yearsR4D Week was,in my opinion,
better than last years in terms of thescientic content. However, I think the
poster presentations could have been betterorganized. Probably next year, make the
poster sessions a mandatory activity thatpeople must attend and appreciate.
G e z a h e g nT e s s e m a ,A s s o c i a t eP r o f e s s i o n a lOfce R4DWeek is a goodopportunity forus to know whatother scientistsin the differentstations and Hubsare doing. This
bringing togetherof professionals is very educational,especially for the new staff.
Y u k i k oK a s h i h a r a ,
P o s t d o c t o r a lFellow - YamBreeder Apart from thechance to meetdifferent IITAscientists from
the various stations of IITA and knowwhat they are doing, R4D Week givesus a great opportunity to see where wecould collaborate with other researchers,especially in the same eld. I liked the
poster session, I think it is better organized
than last years session.
Debo AkandeThe meetinghas been veryinteresting and aneye opener for meas a new scientist.The R4D Week
provides theopportunity forme to understandthe mode of
operations ofIITA and also gives a deep insight in my
program and other projects as well.
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IITA must deliver to remain on top says theDirector of Finance
The Director of Finance, Mr OmoshalewaSholola, has said that IITA had a strongnancial base with positive growth rate
but added a caveat that researchers mustfully implement projects for the Instituteto sustain its growth.
While giving nancial updates on thepast, present, and future, Mr Shololadescribed 2013 as a successful year forIITA, emphasizing that projections were
in line with targets.We are doing pretty well, he said.
What is ready, what is cooking?
The Corporate Services Directorategave progress report to scientists andother staff at the 2013 R4D week in Ibadan.
Mr Kwame Akuffo-Akoto, DeputyDirector General (Corporate Services) gavea presentation, Providing cost-effectivesupport services to impact-driven research:What is ready and what is cooking, to
highlight the achievements made by eachof the Units under the Directorate.
Some of the achievements include theupgrade of staff, review of per-diemand travel policy, refurbishment ofinfrastructure and labs, and improvementin internet services, among others.
Mr Akuffo-Akoto reafrmed thecommitment of the Directorate to givegreater attention to staff welfare andmorale, and to keep up the refurbishment
of the Institutes infrastructure andlaboratory facilities. The Directoratecomprises the following components:Hubs Administration, FacilitiesManagement Services, Human ResourcesServices, Supply Chain, Information andCommunication Technology, Hotel andCatering, and Security and Plant Protection.
Kenneth Oraegbunam unfolds IITA E-Research Roadmap
To harness the power of advancedInformation and CommunicationTechnologies, IITA is developing aroadmap on E-Research.
Kenneth Oraegbunam, Senior TechnicalAnalyst, explained that the vision is todevelop an infrastructure for m