New Leadership: Second Female Board Chair appointed for 2022


The RUFORUM Network is pleased to announce  Professor Theresia Nkuo-Akenji as the new RUFORUM Board Chair effective immediately. On the 8th December 2021 during the RUFORUM 20th Annual General Meeting in Cotonou, Benin, Profesor Nkuo Akenji  was elected as the new board chair replacing Professor George Kanyama-Phiri, the former Vice Chancellor of Lilongwe University of... Continue Reading →

Bringing hope to frustrated maize farmers in West and Central Africa (WCA) through IITA Striga resistant genotypes: A battle against the deadly parasitic weed.


With thousands of farmers in West and Central Africa (WCA) battling the invasion in their farms by the deadly parasitic weed Striga,  the introduction of two new resistant varieties; TZLComp1Syn W-1 (Sammaz 16) and IWDC2SynF2 (Sammaz 15) developed by IITA in partnership with the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria in Nigeria brought hope to frustrated... Continue Reading →

IITA’s Integrated Molecular and Conventional Breeding Scheme for Enhancing Genetic Gain in Maize.


Mpofu Taddias Prince Shortly after completing my MSc. studies at Gulu University, I was offered an opportunity for internship at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) based in Ibadan, Nigeria under a research program entitled “Integrated Molecular and Conventional Breeding Scheme for Enhancing Genetic Gain in Maize in Africa”. The program is under Dr.... Continue Reading →

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