IRS: 4, NRS: 11
- Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA)
- ICT for scaling agricultural innovations
- CGIAR Research Program on Roots Tubers and Banana (WUR, FP5)
- IFAD Cassava brown streak disease control
IITA has a long history of collaboration with the Rwandan agricultural sector dating back to 1980. Achievements from this collaboration are many and varied. It has been able to breed new cassava lines, four improved banana varieties and four improved soybean varieties released in Rwanda by the national cassava, banana, and bean programs. IITA also played a leading role in averting food security crises by combating cassava Mealy Bug, Mosaic virus and Brown Streak diseases as well as BBTD in banana.
Macropropagation, an innovation by IITA has been widely adopted by the public and private sectors in the country. For the next 2-4 years, the organization has a project portfolio of approximately 6m dollars in Rwanda. IITA has developed human capacity through training of 10 MSc and 5 PhD researchers in Rwanda in partnership with Inter/national universities and trained 400 partners’ staff. As a result, IITA alumni are now key decision makers in the government or public system which facilitates scaling of research concepts products and outcomes (e.g., ISFM, SI, SDSRI).