Why waste time and resources? Genomic-aided selection accelerates variety development in IITA’s maize breeding programs.


Genetic diversity is the foundation of any crop improvement programme; therefore, breeders routinely assess the genetic diversity in field crops via different marker techniques. In Africa, biotic and abiotic stresses continue to challenge crop production throughout the continent. This is particularly evident under the current climatic conditions. At IITA, different molecular approaches are being deployed... Continue Reading →

It is not just about producing seeds; quality check and assurance are paramount at every stage: Overview of IITA maize seed production and dissemination pathways.


Successful crop production is linked to having the right seed, of the right quality, grown in the right environment and under the right conditions. Consequently, production of quality seed is paramount in ensuring a food secure future especially in sub Saharan Africa. However, to be effective, a viable partnership between researchers, farmers, and the private... Continue Reading →

RUFORUM Recognizes Individuals Making Impact on Africa’s Development 2021


During the 7th Africa Higher Education Week and the RUFORUM Triennial Conference in Benin, RUFORUM recognised individuals making significant contribution in transforming their communities and institutions. Four Categories of people were awarded during the official opening ceremony at Palai de Congres, Contonou, Benin. As a Network, RUFORUM periodically recognizes individuals and groups who have made... Continue Reading →

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