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.

We are in more than 35 countries in Africa


West Africa Hub


South Africa Hub


Central Africa Hub


East Africa Hub

IITA Hub Head Quarters

Country Offices

Project Offices

We safeguard the future

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

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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.

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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