Understanding and overcoming the challenges facing the poor and the smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa is important in achieving greater impacts through agricultural research for development.

IITA focuses its research for development around farming system-based outcomes primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, while recognizing that the products of its research will be relevant for tropical Asia and America. Our research supports innovation processes to achieve a reduction in food insecurity and poverty.

IITA’s strategic goals include:

Our measures of success

Million Africans out of poverty
Million hectares of land into sustainable use
Yield increase

Success stories

TAAT Cassava Compact: Supporting the Togolese Government Initiative on cassava
Identifying priorities for a global cassava research program
Edible insects: a neglected resource for food security in Africa