IITA to partner with NIHORT to improve livelihoods through horticulture
IITA collaborates with private and government institutions to ensure sustainable agricultural development and proper execution of programs. In line with this, the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) visited IITA headquarters on 18 August to discuss collaboration on horticultural crops when implementing Partnerships for Delivery (P4D) projects. The visit focused on mango as this is a NIHORT mandate crop, and IITA has a mango orchard.
Hilde Koper-Limbourg, IITA DDG, Corporate Services, welcomed the team and introduced them to corporate service activities. She stated that two units—Facility Management Services (FMS) and the Forest Center—manage the IITA mango orchard. “We are looking forward to our discussions today as we explore opportunities for partnerships.,” she said.
Kenton Dashiell, IITA DDG, Partnerships for Delivery, explained that we expect opportunities to support economic development in conflict and climate-affected regions, particularly in northeast and northwest Nigeria. The program objectives would include horticultural crops that will reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and reduce hunger and poverty.