The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has appointed the immediate past Director General of IITA and President of the Africa Agricultural Leadership Institute (AALI), Dr Nteranya Sanginga as the new Emeritus Director General of IITA.
Dr Nteranya Sanginga’s appointment came as a reflection of his outstanding contributions to agriculture and food security in Africa and at a time when the Institute is aligning its vision with strategic partnerships towards transforming the seeds and food systems on the continent.
With his other positions as Special Envoy for Feed Africa, Champion for Fertilizer and Soil Health Summit, and Special Adviser to the DRC President on agriculture matters, IITA hopes that he would bring his decades of experience in leadership and research to his new appointment.
Speaking about the new role, Sanginga said he would do his best to deliver with excellence on the responsibilities that come with the role. “It means a lot to me and shows how special IITA is. I have taken note of the responsibilities associated with my new role and will do my best to deliver,” he said.
Congratulating Sanginga, IITA Director General and CGIAR Regional Director for Continental Africa, Dr Simeon Ehui, said the recognition is well deserved and Sanginga’s dedication to IITA’s mission has been invaluable.
“I look forward to his continued support for the Institute on the continent in his capacity as the Emeritus DG,” he added.