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International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Overview

IITA
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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.

Research for development

The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture’s award-winning agricultural research for development 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 research for development 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 research for development 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.

Mission

With the mission to enhance food security and improve livelihoods through research for development, the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture 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.

Information from the CGIAR

The crops conserved at IITA

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Bambara Groundnut

Number of varieties available to the public
24.1% 1,595
Data available in genesys
22.7% 1,503
Safety duplicated
37.5% 2,481

Cowpea

Number of varieties available to the public
14% 2,156
Data available in genesys
79.8% 12,264
Safety duplicated
57.3% 8,810

Yam

Number of varieties available to the public
4.7% 180
Data available in genesys
83.3% 3,167

Aroids

Number of varieties available to the public
0% 0
Data available in genesys
0% 0

Banana

Number of varieties available to the public
65.6% 162
Data available in genesys
0% 0

Cassava

Number of varieties available to the public
61.5% 1,685
Data available in genesys
100% 2,740

Maize

Number of varieties available to the public
38% 600
Data available in genesys
50.5% 798
Safety duplicated
25.7% 406

Breakdown of crops conserved at IITA

  • Bambara Groundnut 6,623 / 21.8%
  • Cowpea 15,371 / 50.6%
  • Yam 3,804 / 12.5%
  • Aroids 25 / 0.1%
  • Banana 247 / 0.8%
  • Cassava 2,740 / 9%
  • Maize 1,581 / 5.2%