A Global Agricultural Research Partnership

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the world’s leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

IITA is a non-profit international organization founded in 1967 and governed by a Board of Trustees.

Its award-winning agricultural research for development (R4D) addresses the needs of the poor and vulnerable in the tropics. It works with public and private sector partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce risk to producers and  consumers, and generate wealth from agriculture.

The Institute’s R4D covers the following themes: biotechnology and genetic improvement, natural resource management, plant production and plant health, and social science and agribusiness.

For the last 45 years, IITA’s agricultural R4D has delivered over 70 per cent of CGIAR impact in sub-Saharan Africa. It has achieved this impact by focusing on key tropical food crops, such as banana and plantain, maize, cassava, soybean, cowpea, tree crops, and yam.

With the mission to enhance food security and improve livelihoods through R4D, IITA tackles these challenges by pursuing these interrelated objectives: improving food security, increasing the profitability of foods and other agricultural products, reducing risks to producers and consumers, and helping national entities to expand agricultural growth.



PMB 5320, Ibadan, Oyo State

Mailing address:
IITA, Carolyn House
26 Dingwall Road, Croydon, CR9 3EE, UK

Contact information:
Telephone: +1 201 633 6094, +234 2 7517472
Fax: +234 2 2412221, +44 208 7113786

Media contact:
Jeffrey Oliver,


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Producing Gari from Cassava

Rapid urbanization throughout sub-Saharan Africa is currently being accompanied by a growth in demand for convenience foods. Cassava roots provide an ideal raw material for many of these types of…

Production du gari à partir du manioc

L’urbanisation rapide observée partout en Afrique subsaharienne s’accompagne d’une demande croissante et conséquente d’aliment. Les racines de manioc fournissent des matières premières idéales pour un grand nombre de ces types…


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