Our research-for-development (R4D) programs

IITA research for development

IITA has aligned all its research programs to the new CGIAR Research Programs. We conduct research on the following thematic areas: Biotechnology and genetic improvement, Natural resource management, Social science and agribusiness, and Plant production and plant health.

We are involved in nine CGIAR Research Programs, namely, those on the (1) integrated systems for the humid tropics, (2) policies, institutions, and markets, (3) maize, (4) roots, tubers, and bananas, (5) grain legumes, (6) agriculture for improved nutrition and health, (7) water, land, and ecosystems, (8) climate change, agriculture, and food security, and (9) genebank.

We lead the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics (Humidtropics) which addresses challenges in agricultural systems in the humid tropics. This CGIAR Research Program gives us an umbrella for all other CGIAR Research Programs which are components of the system. These could be commodity programs, such as maize, cassava, banana, or legumes, which could provide the institutional framework for socioeconomic studies, market, policies, and natural resource management. This CGIAR Research Program will have a major impact in attaining system-level outcomes.

CGIAR Research Programs

CGIAR (www.cgiar.org) is a global research partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for sustainable development. CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. It is carried out by the 15 centers which are members of the CGIAR Consortium in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector.

Research will be conducted through a portfolio of CGIAR Research Programs that addresses today’s most pressing agricultural research-for-development challenges:


Biotechnology and Genetic Improvement


CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas

Natural Resource Management


CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics


CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems


CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

Social science and agribusiness

Policies, Institutions and Markets

CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets


CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health

Plant production and plant health


CGIAR Research Program on Maize

Grain Legumes

CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes



The conservation of plant genetic resources.

Other CGIAR Research Programs

Information on the other CGIAR Research Programs are available here.

Dryland Systems

CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems


CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems


CGIAR Research Program on Wheat


CGIAR Research Program on Rice, or the Global Rice Science Partnership

Dryland Cereals

CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals

Livestock and Fish

CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish

Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

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