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About IITA
About IITA
About IITA
About IITA
About IITA
About IITA
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About IITA

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A presentation of who we are and what we do.

A presentation of who we are and what we do.

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  • 1. Who we areOur research for development activitieshave delivered over 70% of the CGIARspositive impact on the food security andlivelihoods of over 500 million people insub-Saharan Africa and beyond. www.iita.org www.iita.org
  • 2. R4D context“Africa is the 2nd largest continent, butthe least industrialized.” - FAO“75% of the world’s poor continue todepend on agriculture for theforeseeable future.” - DFID“There are 48 researchers/millionsub-Saharan Africans compared to3,000/million people in OECD countries.”- UNESCO 2005.“To reduce extreme poverty and hunger,we should produce more food in a waythat creates wealth and addressesproducer risks.” - IITA www.iita.org
  • 3. Where we areOur R4D activities reachapproximately 85% ofnational systems in Africa. www.iita.org
  • 4. What we doWe work with partners in Africaand beyond to reduce producerand consumer risks, enhancecrop quality and productivity, andgenerate wealth from agriculture. www.iita.org
  • 5. R4D programsAgriculture and HealthPoor food quality risks health,restricts trade, and reduces laborproductivity of millions of peoplein Africa.We improve diets, health, andproductivity through research onmicronutrient content, food toxins,and nutrient patterns. We help ensure that young and old Africans alike enjoy and benefit from high-quality, nutritious food and food crops. Photo by IITA. www.iita.org
  • 6. Agrobiodiversity Africa’s biodiversity is rich but vulnerable. We use biotechnology and new diagnostic tools for the efficient, long- term conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources of staple and underutilized crops and non-plant organisms.A genebank scientist checking invitro culture-conserved seedlings ofbanana landraces we use in ourbreeding program to producehybrids. Photo by IITA. www.iita.org
  • 7. Opportunities and ThreatsFood security and livelihoods inAfrica face many risks.We examine and analyze theenvironmental, social andeconomic dynamics that affectfood security and livelihoods, anddevelop strategic plans to managethem. Selling maize in a market. Better planning result in better economic opportunities. Photo by IITA www.iita.org
  • 8. Banana and PlantainBanana and plantain yields havebeen declining in Africa.We enhance knowledge on thecrops’ agroecology, develop newvarieties and improve the qualityand variety of plantain-based foodproducts to promote theirproductivity and profitability. Harvesting a bunch from an IITA-developed hybrid TMH3x 9187s-8. Photo by IITA. www.iita.org
  • 9. Cereals and LegumesCereals and legumes are importantto many households in Africa, butproduction is unstable.We develop and disseminateimproved varieties, natural resourcemanagement approaches and newproduction technologies to enhanceand sustain productivity. A soybean trader at one of the many farmers’ markets in Nigeria. Photo by IITA. www.iita.org
  • 10. Roots and TubersRoots and tubers such ascassava and yam are producedand consumed by most people inAfrica, but face many threats.We reduce pre- and postharvestlosses, increase productivity, andimprove processing technologies,marketing and profitability. Using her mobile phone, a trader obtaining current market prices of yam through the Market Information System we established. Photo by IITA. www.iita.org
  • 11. Horticulture and Tree CropsVegetables and tree crops supportthe income of Africa’s rural poor.We develop and promote productionand postharvest technologies thatsustain productivity and increaseincomes in socially andenvironmentally responsible ways. A cocoa farmer-beneficiary of our Sustainable Tree Crops Program (STCP). Photo by IITA. www.iita.org
  • 12. Systemwide Program onIntegrated Pest ManagementPests cause high crop losses andreduce quality of agricultural produce.We coordinate and participate in theCGIAR System-wide Program onIntegrated Pest Management(SP-IPM) which develops knowledgeand technologies that responsiblytackle crop pests. Cassava green mite being attacked by a predator. Photo by IITA. www.iita.org
  • 13. IITA’s research-for-development model www.iita.org

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