Back to the future: Africa’s agriculture offers its youth perspectives

Bonn, April 26, 2018. Agriculture can become the key to success in Africa. This is one of the core messages conveyed by German and international experts on Africa and development, who met in Bonn on 26 April on the occasion of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture’s (IITA) board meeting, hosted by the Center for Development Research at Bonn University (ZEF).

Banana improvement project team meets in Arusha, Tanzania, to track progress

A team of international researchers implementing an international project with the goal to boost banana production in Uganda and Tanzania, will this week, 23‒27 April, gather at Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Arusha, Tanzania, to review their progress and plan next years’ activities.


IITA’s approach to engaging youth in agriculture and generating employment Increasing youth engagement in profitable agriculture and agribusiness is critical for sustainable agricultural development. IITA’s youth-in-agribusiness program was initiated in 2012 and is now being used by other development organizations and donors to drive an Africa-wide movement that is helping increase youth employment, generate jobs … Continue reading ENABLE

Biorisk Management Facility (BIMAF)

IITA and partners have initiated the establishment of a Biorisk Management Facility (BIMAF) under the authority of CORAF/WECARD. It is the first concrete action in the overall strategy of CIRACC (Centre International de Recherche pour une Agriculture Résiliente aux Changements Climatiques). BIMAF will facilitate the development of multi-country projects beyond its geographic scope to fit … Continue reading Biorisk Management Facility (BIMAF)


Banana and plantain Banana and plantain are perennial crops that take the appearance of trees as they mature. Diverse cultivars are grown. Musa are believed to have originated in Southeast Asia but their introduction into Africa is unclear. Read more Cassava Cassava is a perennial woody shrub with an edible root, which grows in tropical … Continue reading Crops


(Dioscorea species) Yams are starchy staples in the form of large tubers produced by annual and perennial vines grown in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, South Pacific and Asia. There are hundreds of wild and domesticated Dioscorea species. White Guinea yam, D. rotundata, is the most important species especially in the dominant yam production zone … Continue reading Yam

Headquarters and Hubs

Headquarters and Western Africa Hub Headquarters and Western Africa Hub PMB 5320, Oyo Road, Ibadan 200001 Oyo State, Nigeria Tel: +234 2 7517472 | USA Tel: +1 201 6336094 | Fax: +44 208 7113786 International Mailing Address IITA, 7th floor Grosvenor House 125 High Street Croydon CRO 9XP UK IITA-Nigeria (Ibadan) PMB 5320, Oyo Road, … Continue reading Headquarters and Hubs

Project progress workshop “Improvement of banana for smallholder farmers in the Great Lakes Region of Africa”

Convenors: Danny Coyne and Rony Swennen (IITA, Tanzania) and Prof. Karoli Njau (NM-AIST) Local Organizing Committee: Scola Ponera, Cornel Massawe (ARI) Participants – Project participants and partners of the Breeding Better Bananas – “Improvement of banana for smallholder farmers in the Great Lakes Region of Africa” project – Collaborators including project related MSc and PhD … Continue reading Project progress workshop “Improvement of banana for smallholder farmers in the Great Lakes Region of Africa”