Gearing up for impact


To make sure that we meet our goal, we continue to focus on ensuring four system-level outcomes

From the DG and the Board chair

Dr Nteranya Sanginga
Director General

In 2017, we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary – half a century spent in nourishing Africa through research-for-development! Not many international agricultural research centers have made it this far. I cannot imagine an Africa – or a world for that matter – without IITA.

Bruce Coulman
Board Chair

The mission of IITA is to be the leading research partner facilitating agricultural solutions to overcome hunger, poverty and natural resource degradation throughout the tropics. The Institute’s 2012-2020 Refreshed Strategic Plan established an ambitious goal of lifting 11 million people out of poverty and revitalizing 7.5 million hectares of degraded land by 2020.

Our Stories

Training and Seminars

In 2015, IITA focused its efforts on providing training for partners in the national programs, especially scientists and research technicians. Training programs include Professional Capacity Advancement Program, Graduate Research Program, and Short-Term Courses.




In 2015, IITA scientists published 154 publications in peer-reviewed,
Thomson-indexed journals. Selected articles from the different hubs
are presented here.

Our Finances and Supporters

Funding for 2015 was $107.315 million, of which 99.3% came from CGIAR investors and 0.7% from other sources. (net of indirect cost recovery of $10.711 million), Expenditures were $106.422 million of which 91.1% was used for program expenses and 8.9% for management and general expenses.

Funding: top 10 donors, 2014 and 2015