AUC commends IITA’s research activities

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His Excellency, Prof. Mohammed Belhocine, the Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation at the African Union Commission (AUC), Addis Ababa, visited IITA Headquarters on 5 April. He was accompanied by the Pan African University Institute of Life and Earth Sciences Ibadan (PAULESI) staff and other dignitaries. The purpose of the visit was to discuss partnership opportunities with the Institute’s management team and meet with the researchers and scientists involved in training PAULESI students.

Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery (P4D), welcomed the team and gave an overview of IITA’s research activities. He said that the Institute ensures that research developments are extended to the farmers and other beneficiaries.

In his speech, Prof. Belhocine spoke of his special ties with the Institute’s focuses and goals. He commended the IITA’s agronomists, who have researched and helped the users understand the part of the soil that is good for germination to ensure Africa is food secure.

“I am very excited to be here and want to commend what the Institute is doing to make Africa independent in food security to ensure a sustainable continent,” Prof. Belhocine said.

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