Towards Food and Nutrition Security: Where is IITA going in the next half century?


Field visit to CIALCA project sites by partners Burundi women dance to welcome visitors during farmers open day.

The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). The anniversary was celebrated to reflect two milestones: the first 50 years, covering the period from its inception up till now; and the next 50 years, covering the present to the next 50 years. The first core event, held on 24 July, celebrated the achievements of the institute and its people – researchers, staff, alumni, partners and donors – that have been part of the history and success of the institute.

The second celebration event was a conference organized to address the challenges, opportunities and strategies for ensuring food and nutrition security for the coming 50-year period. The conference had a foresight and futuristic focus; this is pertinent particularly given the key challenges of population growth and climate change and their impact…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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