Introduction

Last month I was delighted to host Christian Witt (Senior Project Officer for N2Africa at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). In addition to updating Christian on N2Africa we joined discussions with a large, high-level delegation from Ethiopia visiting Wageningen.

The Ethiopian delegation was led by H.E. Dr. Eyasu Abraha Alle, Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, H.E. Ato Tesfaye Mengiste, State Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources (standing on the photo) and H.E. Prof. Fekadu Beyene, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries. I had the opportunity to chair a session about crops and soils, and together with Tamiru Amanu (N2Africa business development officer in Ethiopia), we presented N2Africa’s progress in Ethiopia to them. In our discussions, H.E. Dr. Eyasu Abraha Alle impressed on us the importance of pulses in Ethiopia’s food security and for export. He also expressed his strong support for the work that N2Africa is doing together with partners in Ethiopia.
I’m just back from a visit to Nigeria where I met up with Comfort Ojo (N2Africa PhD candidate) and Mahamadi Dianda (N2Africa rhizobiologist) at the IITA headquarters in Ibadan. It was great to be able to discuss ongoing research and to visit the very impressive laboratories and greenhouses. We also took the opportunity to visit some field experiments of PhD students working on N2-fixation at IITA (see photo. Left to right: Tom Schut1, Eniola Moses2,  Ben Faloye2, Dianda Mahamadi2,  Ken Giller1, Ojo Comfort1,  Adegboyega Taofeek2, Fabamifobee Timilehin3 - 1 Wageningen University & Reseach, 2 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, 3 internship student).

In this Podcaster we have a rich array of stories from field and country updates. We announce the Maize-Legume Cropping Guide published through the African Soil Health Consortium with strong contributions from many N2Africa staff. We also have some links to partner projects and news items. Below we introduce Eva Thuijsman who has joined the N2Africa team in Wageningen to assist with data analysis and project reporting. While some N2Africa countries in East and West Africa are in the middle of the cropping season, many staff are already on annual leave, or about to take leave. We wish you all a well-deserved rest and trust that you will be back re-energised in August and ready to Put N2-fixation to Work!

Ken Giller

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