Ex- DVC heads IITA- led cassava project



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A don, Prof. Lateef Sanni, has been appointed the Project Manager of Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Cassava Seed System Phase II (BASICS II).

The project, the News Agency of Nigeria reports,  is led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan.

IITA’s Digital Extension and Advisory Services Specialist, Mr Godwin Atser, announced the appointment in a statement on Thursday in Ibadan.

NAN also reports that Sanni was a former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development) at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

The statement said that BASICS II was initiated to transform the cassava seed sector by promoting the breeding and dissemination of improved varieties thereby creating a community of seed entrepreneurs across the cassava value chain.

The project, it added, would focus on Nigeria and Tanzania with a spin over effect on other African countries.

The statement said Sanni had garnered over 30 years experience in research, consultancy and collaboration as a postharvest expert on tropical root crops.

“In 2008, he won the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Award in Regional Technology Development in sub-Saharan Africa.

“He served as the Postharvest Scientist with the Cassava Mosaic Disease Project and Cassava Enterprises Development Project (CEDP) at IITA from 2004 to 2007; he is skilled in managing complex multi-disciplinary projects,” the statement said.

It further said prior to the appointment, Sanni successfully served as the Country Manager for Nigeria in a five-country projects,  Cassava: Adding Value for Africa II (CAVA and CAVA II).

The project was hosted in the Natural Resources Institute of the Greenwich University, Maritime, UK; and the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.

It added that the CAVA and CAVA II  were sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from May 2008 to March 2019.

“While at FUNAAB, he also coordinated IITA-African Cassava Agronomy Initiative’s component on the validation and dissemination of IITA-ACAI recommendations to commercial farmers.

“Sanni is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Institute of Management Consultants Nigeria and the President, International Society for Tropical Root Crops,” the statement said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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