Africa’s leading partner
for research for development

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a non-profit institution
that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger,
malnutrition, poverty,and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across
sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security,
increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity.

Areas of FOCUS

IITA’s main priority is ensuring a food secure future for sub-Saharan Africa.
We focus on key research themes that address staple food crops, including
banana and plantain, cassava, cowpea, maize, soybean, yam.

IMPROVING LIVELIHOODS

IITA aims to improve the
livelihoods of smallholder farmers and
their families. read more

ENHANCING NUTRITIONAL VALUE

The majority of the rural population in
Africa depends on what they grow to
feed themselves. read more

IMPROVING CROPS

Improving crops in sub-Saharan
Africa is one of IITA’s top
priorities.read more

MAKING HEALTHY CROPS

Some of IITA’s most important work is
concerned with producing and keeping
crops healthy. read more

MANAGING NATURAL RESOURCES

Natural resource management, particularly on sustainable intensification of farming systems, receives major attention.
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Strategic INITIATIVES

WHERE We Are

IITA has 24 stations in 16 countries, and works
through projects in 35 countries

LATEST

Upcoming Events

06mayAll Day11BoT meeting

20mayAll Day24The International Association of Research Scholars and Fellows (IARSAF) 22nd annual symposium

Ripe coffee cherries
Step-wise promotion of coffee, climate smart agriculture, and good agronomic practices to increase production…
23 May 2019

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