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
Email: iitaATcgiar.org
URL: www.iita.org

Media contact:
Jeffrey Oliver, o.jeffreyATcgiar.org


Agripreneurs explore opportunities in the seed sector

Diversity of cowpea seedsMembers of the IITA Youth project have explored opportunities in the seed sector, making visits to seed companies across Nigeria. The exploratory visits in 2012 were aimed at exposing them to the potential in the seed sector.

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IITA 2012-2020 Refreshed Strategy – long version

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture’s refreshed strategy serves as a guide and goal for the effective and efficient implementation of its agricultural research for development (R4D) and contribution to development impact in the tropics.

Healthy yam seed production

Yam species are a staple food for at least 60 million people in West Africa, particularly those in poorer income groups. However, production of yam is severely constrained by the cost and availability of healthy seed yam planting material, with farmers…


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