UN Deputy Secretary-General visits IITA in Ibadan, Nigeria

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The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Hajia Amina J. Mohammed, visited IITA headquarters in Ibadan as part of a series of tours to national and international partners working to alleviate climate change challenges. UN plans to address several developmental issues include acceleration of the sustainable development goals and climate change in Nigeria.

Meeting briefly with the IITA Director General and Regional Director for West and Central Africa of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, Nteranya Sanginga, and some key staff, the UN Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) was given a briefing on IITA’s climate change activities. She was taken to an exhibition that showcased some of the Institute’s activities and innovations addressing climate change issues and food insecurity in Africa, including the genebank, crop improvement work on various crops, including cowpea, and forest and biodiversity conservation activities.

Speaking during the visit on 4 December, Hajia Amina Mohammed said, “There is so much going on at this level, I’m not sure it informs the global level, so we need to be demand-driven. We need to know what is expected from countries like Nigeria, as there is a huge science space and we need to respond to these demands rather than just share the north-south divide.”

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