IITA, Cassava Growers sign MoU to improve Seed Varieties

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The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has signed a pact with the Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) for the second phase of the Building of Economically Sustainable and Integrated Cassava Seed System (BASICS-II) project, AgroNigeria reports. The move will improve cassava seed varieties and will birth a new role for cassava seed producers and root farmers in Nigeria, IITA said. Director-General of the Institute, Nteranya Sanginga, was represented by the officer in charge of IITA Abuja, Gbassey Tarawali, during the signing. According to him, the project will provide an…

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COVID-19: UNECA says remittances to Africa shrinks by $18billion

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The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has said that COVID-19 pandemic is likely to cost the African continent $18 billion in remittances. A new report launched by UNECA on Wednesday, entitled “Preserving Remittances in the Time of COVID-19”, highlighted the “severe impact” that the global COVID-19 pandemic has had on remittance inflows to Africa, mainly due to the situation of migrants in most affected countries. The report was launched by UNECA, in partnership with the anti-poverty organization ONE. The report noted that remittances have steadily increased over the…

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COVID-19: UK to sponsor digital literacy training in northern Nigeria

Ben describing digital training training project

As part of Nigeria’s National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (2020-2030) vision to transform the country into a leading digital economy that would provide a quality life for all Nigerians in 10 years, the United Kingdom Government, through its Prosperity Fund Digital Access Programme, has signed a resilience training agreement with Tech4Dev, to carry out Basic Digital Literacy Training for rural clusters in northern Nigeria to enhance pandemic resilience. The agreement was signed on October 5, 2020, by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and the Nigerian non-profit organisation,…

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Prioritise inclusive jobs creation, World Bank urges African countries

inclusive jobs creation as highlighted by the world bank's Africa' Pulse

The World Bank Group admonishes sub-Sahara African countries to prioritise policies that will guarantee inclusive jobs creation on the continent. Focusing on the paths to recovery for the continent, the Bank projected African economy will enter into a recession for the first time in 25 years. Reversing this, however, will require policies that prioritise firstly, sustained growth and secondly, inclusive jobs creation. The Bank disclosed this in a report titled Africa’s Pulse: Charting the road to recovery. “Steady recovery in Sub-Saharan Africa after the COVID-19 pandemic requires policies that foster sustained growth and…

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