And more tree plantings….

The 2012 tree planting season drew to a close as the International Association of Research Scholars and Fellows (IARSAF) planted 50 trees beside the lake on 9 October to while holding their symposium at IITA, and Dr Ylva Hillbur, IITA’s Deputy Director General, Research for Development, planted a tree on 21 November to mark the launch of the global Humidtropics program (, 15-year innovative CGIAR research program led by IITA. The tree planted by Dr Hillbur is Pterocarpus santalinoides, known as gbengbe in Yoruba, which has medicinal uses, edible leaves and seeds, and fragrant yellow flowers that attract bees.

School raises over $2000 for Forest Project On 12 December children and staff from the Ibadan International School visited IITA to present Deni Bown, Forest Project Coordinator, with a giant cheque for N348,780 (naira), the equivalent of $2,204 (US dollars). This magnificent donation was the result of the school’s annual Mathbuster Challenge, a sponsored program to encourage children to learn and enjoy mathematics alongside learning about the charity or “good cause” of their choice – which this year was the Forest Project.

  /Ylva Hillbur plants tree-for launch of Humidtropics

IIS students of all ages regularly visit IITA and the forest to learn about Nigeria’s natural heritage and concerns about deforestation and other environmental issues but it was the class that raised the most who came to present the cheque, followed by a walk in the forest and a picnic. And guess who was the uninvited guest at the picnic? You will never guess as it was a hare that scampered in front of us as we sat eating sausage rolls and cup cakes! Thanks to the wonderful staff and students of Ibadan International School for their support of the IITA Forest Project and for the learning partnership we have developed.

Ibadan International School raise N348,780 for Forest Project

African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon)

The African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon), known as arere in Yoruba and obeche in Bini, is a large fast-growing tree, reaching 65 m (213 ft), usually with a straight trunk and buttresses up to about 8 m (26 ft) high. It belongs to the family Sterculiaceae and is common in semi-deciduous rainforests from Sierra Leone to Gabon and Congo, including secondary forests where it may fill gaps as a pioneer species.

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