IITA in Uganda

Uganda is a landlocked country that borders Central Africa and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the West, Kenya to the East, South Sudan to the North, and Tanzania to the South. It has a tropical climate with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August) and semiarid ecology in the northeast.

Agriculture is one of the most important sectors in Uganda; it employs approximately 69% of the population and contributes nearly a quarter of the GDP. The main agricultural crops include grains, sugarcane, cotton, tea, and coffee which accounts for 20% of total export earnings and a third of foreign exchange earnings. Under the National Development Plan 2, there is an emphasis on agro processing and value addition of traditional cash crops mainly in cotton ginning, tea processing, coffee hauling, and tobacco handling.

IITA has been in Uganda for the last 25 years.

Quick Facts

  Capital: Kampala

  Currency: Ugandan shilling

  Area (total): 241,038 sq km (93,072 sq miles)

  Population: 41.9 million people (World Bank 2016)

  IITA staff: 112


IITA’s mandate crops in Uganda are:
Banana & plantain, Cassava, Soybean, Maize and Cowpea

Contact us

Reach our Uganda Office the following channels:

  Dr. Laurence Jassogne

  IITA Country Representative



  Plot 15 East Naguru Road, Kampala, Uganda