IITA in Democratic Republic of Congo
IITA came to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1974, when the government invited the Institute to implement, in collaboration with the National Agricultural Research Institute Institut National pour l’Etude et la Recherche Agronomiques (INERA) and the National Cassava Programme (Programme National Manioc – PRONAM) to tackle all cassava problems—mainly cassava bacterial blight—through research for development.
In 2012, IITA established its offices in Kinshasa and in 2014 established a research complex with laboratories and processing centers in Kalambo.The Democratic Republic of the Congo shares a border with Zambia to the south, Zambia to the east, Namibia to the south and has the Atlantic Ocean to west. Angola’s capital city is Luanda. It’s land area is 1.25 million sq km (481354 sq miles) and estimated population in 2016 was 28.8 million. Angola has around 4.9 million hectares (49000 sq km) of arable land based on statistics in 2013. In 2015, there were approximately 14.75 million Angolans made up the agricultural population.
Featured Projects in Democratic Republic of Congo
- Action to Control Cassava Brown Streak Disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI)
- Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa (N2Africa) Phase II
- The Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA), Phase 4
- Tuendelee Pamoja II (TP II)
Currency: Congolese franc
Area (total): 2.27 million km2
Population: 78.74 million (2016)
IITA staff: 59
IITA’s mandate crops in Democratic Republic of Congo are:
Cassava, Maize, Soybean, Banana, Cocoa, and Coffee