International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

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.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the 16 International Agricultural Research Centres funded by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Its mission is to enhance food security, income and well-being of resource-poor people, primarily in the humid and subhumid zones of sub-Saharan Africa by conducting research related activities to increase agricultural production, improve food systems and sustainably manage natural resources, in partnership with national and international stakeholders. IITA is involved in 12 networks and is the coordinating centre for the Ecoregional Programme for the Humid and Subhumid Tropics of Subsaharan Africa. This is a network, which specific objectives are to identify, develop and promote technologies for sustainable production and post-harvest systems for small- and medium-scale farmers. It conducts research activities in benchmark areas and at pilot sites located in moist savannahs and in humid forests.

As the major agricultural research organization in Africa, IITA has research and administrative hubs and stations spread across the continent. Focusing primarily on sub-Saharan Africa, our hubs are divided into West, Central, East, and Southern. Present in 11 African countries, IITA is uniquely placed to meet the continent’s demands and deliver our research goals directly to communities.

In Central Africa, IITA’s regional hub is in Kinshasa in the DR Congo. There also the Bukavu station in the DR Congo.  Other stations in the region are located in Cameroon, Rwanda, and Burundi.

In Eastern Africa, IITA has stations in Kenya, Uganda, and two sites in Tanzania, in Arusha and Dar es Salaam. The station in Dar es Salaam is the regional hub.

In Southern Africa, IITA has stations in Malawi and Mozambique with the regional hub in Zambia.

In Western Africa, IITA has stations in Benin, Accra and Tamale in Ghana, and Abuja, Kano, and Ibadan in Nigeria. The IITA Ibadan station is the regional hub and also the IITA Headquarters.


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