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UF, IITA partner for agric research

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University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences(UF/IFAS) is partnering the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), to carry out research in the agricultural sector and check pollution.

Speaking on the partnership, the leader of UF/IFAS, Jack Payne, said: “Africa has two great sources of appeal from a scientist’s point of view. One, it offers a great opportunity to put science to work and improve lives. In addition, it is home to crops of talented scientists such as those at IITA who are invaluable partners.”

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Payne signed the agreement during the World Food Prize events in Iowa, while Director General, Nteranya Sanginga signed on behalf of
IITA.

Sanginga, who did this after participating in a panel discussion organised by UF/IFAS on the armyworm’s threat to African food security, said, “IITA and UF/IFAS share a common approach to science. We see discovery as a source of solutions, a catalyst for action, and the foundation for international cooperation. Combining our expertise will accelerate inquiry and proffer solutions to the challenges armyworm pose.”


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