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.

Areas of focus

We are in more than 35 countries in Africa

IITA Hub Headquarters
Country Offices
Project Offices


Bad news for Fusarium wilt: “Breeding Better Bananas” means business
27 November 2017
Celebrating IITA50 in Rwanda: How collaboration between CGIAR and scaling partners can make science work for farmers
22 June 2017
IITA and Partners Launch Project to Control CSBD/CMD for Rwanda and Burundi
30 May 2017

Special Initiatives

Biorisk Management Facility (BIMAF)

The establishment of BIMAF was initiated by IITA and partners under the auspices of the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD).


The Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment (ENABLE) Youth program is a continent-wide expansion to the IITA Youth Agripreneurs initiative. It provides opportunities for underemployed young people.

Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)

Technologies for Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) is a bold effort across Africa to scale up available technologies to transform key agricultural value chains.

Upcoming events

  • All day

    Agripreneurship: The Underexploited Opportunity
    Date: Thursday, 8 March 2018
    Time:  09:00–12:00
    Venue: Theatre 301, University of Nairobi
    Key note speakers
    Dr Victor Manyong,
    Director, Eastern Africa
    International Institute of Tropical Agriclture (IITA)

    Dr Bitange Ndemo, Associate Professor,
    University of Nairobi

    Ms Betty Maina,
    PS, State Department of Industrialization,
    Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development
    Panel discussants
    Mr Benson Muthendi, Youth Enterprise Development Fund

    Elly Atieno, International Potato Centre (CIP)

    Mr Emmanuel Ngore, Kenya Representative, Young Professional for Agricultural Development (YPARD Kenya)

    George Marechera, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)

     Youth Fund Kenya |  @YouthFund_Ke @bensonmuthendi @YPARD @YpardAfrica @emanuelngore @aatfafrica @Cipotato

    Speaker biographies 


  • All day

    Shehu Shagari Way, Three Arms Zone, Abuja, Nigeria

    Shehu Shagari Way, Three Arms Zone, Abuja, Nigeria

    No additional details for this event.


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