Africa's leading partner for research for development

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a non-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity.

Our focus

We are all over Africa!

As the major agricultural research organization in Africa, IITA has research and administrative hubs and stations spread across the continent. Focusing primarily on sub-Saharan Africa, our hubs are divided into West, Central, East, and Southern.

We safeguard the future

IITA has made a long-term commitment to conserve Africa’s plant and animal genetic resources for future generations.

We are 50!

IITA celebrates its 50th year of founding in 2017. The Institute was formally established as an autonomous, nonprofit organization on 24 July 1967.

Our work

Screen grab of IITA Documentary trailer (The Visionaries) video
IITA Documentary trailer
Screen grab of '50 years of improving lives of farm families in Africa' video
50 years of improving lives of farm families in Africa
Screen grab of '50 years of adding value to African agriculture' video
50 years of adding value to African agriculture

Strategic initiatives