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Innovations Vital for Food Security
The African Executive
July 21-28, 2010
Agricultural innovations are still relevant in transforming livelihoods in Africa, a stakeholder lecture on “Food and Culture” has heard.
Using a case study of the cassava revolution in Africa, researchers estimate that resource-poor farmers in Nigeria, alone, traded improved cassava stems—a part that is often neglected for having commercial value—worth more than US$1 million (about N150m) in five years. Professor Lateef Sanni, IITA Scientist, says that this increase in incomes of farmers came between 2003 and 2008.
Organized by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate General, Lagos and IITA in Ibadan; the “Food and Culture” lecture brought together experts in the food and agricultural sector including a guest lecturer from Tufts University. Stakeholders reviewed the US agricultural experience and brainstormed on areas that Africa could tap into.
In his presentation titled:…
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