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:
- increasing yields of food crops by 60%
- lifting over 11 million Africans above the poverty line
- revitalizing 7.5 million hectares of badly degraded farmlands
- reducing the number of malnourished children by 30%