IRS: 9, NRS: 53

DRC-Bukavu, DRC-Kinshasa


IITA came to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1974, when the government invited the Institute to implement the National Cassava Programme (PRONAM) to tackle cassava bacterial blight disease in collaboration with the Institut National pour l’Etude et la Recherche Agronomiques (INERA). With the success of PRONAM, from 1983 IITA engaged in more collaborative research on grain legumes (cowpea, groundnut, and soybean) and maize as well as natural resource management and building the capacity of national research staff. This was done through a project within the Ministry of Agriculture known as RAV (Recherche Agricole et Vulgarisation), later known as SENARAV (Service National de Recherche Agricole et Vulgarisation), up to 1990. In the early 2000s, as cassava production collapsed due to the “resurgence” of cassava mosaic disease (CMD), IITA was once more asked by the government to rehabilitate the crop as a major component of the seed system, especially the production of healthy planting materials through multiplication. In 2012, IITA established its offices in Kinshasa to tackle all cassava problems and in 2014 established a research complex with laboratories and processing centers in Kalambo.

Quick Facts

Capital: Kinshasa

Currency: Congolese franc

Area (total): 2.27 million km2

Population: 78.74 million (2016)

Contact us

Zoumana Bamba
Country Representative

243 99021 2603

Samuel Munkiba
Station Administrator

  +243 990212603

4163, avenue Haut-Congo Quartier Revolution, Commune de la Gombe Kinshasa, Republique Democratique du Congo

Kabike Delvaux Baly
Station Administrator

+243 994 453 271/+243 819 645 215

Route Kavumu, Km 18, bifurcation Birava Site UCB (Université Catholique de Bukavu),