IRS: 9, NRS: 53
- Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA), Phase 4: 2017‒ 2022
- Project to combat Cassava brown streak disease in DRC (CBSD–RDC), 2016‒2020
- Tuendele Pamoja II in collaboration with Food for the Hungry (FH) in South-Kivu and Tanganyika,2017‒2020
- Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa (N2Africa) Phase II
- ACAI: African Cassava Agronomy Initiative
- Reviving Agricultural Research for Development (R4D) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
IITA came to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1974, when the government invited the Institute to implement the National Cassava Programme (PRONAM) to tackle cassava bacterial blight disease in collaboration with the Institut National pour l’Etude et la Recherche Agronomiques (INERA).
With the success of PRONAM, from 1983 IITA engaged in more collaborative research on grain legumes (cowpea, groundnut, and soybean) and maize as well as natural resource management and building the capacity of national research staff. This was done through a project within the Ministry of Agriculture known as RAV (Recherche Agricole et Vulgarisation), later known as SENARAV (Service National de Recherche Agricole et Vulgarisation), up to 1990. In the early 2000s, as cassava production collapsed due to the “resurgence” of cassava mosaic disease (CMD), IITA was once more asked by the government to rehabilitate the crop as a major component of the seed system, especially the production of healthy planting materials through multiplication.
In 2012, IITA established its offices in Kinshasa to tackle all cassava problems and in 2014 established a research complex with laboratories and processing centers in Kalambo.
Currency: Congolese franc
Area (total): 2.27 million km2
Population: 78.74 million (2016)