Scaling up innovations

Two years ago, IITA celebrated 50 years of service to smallholder farmers in Africa. Since then, we have advanced even further in our mission to transform African agriculture through our work with farmers and farming communities, youth and women in agribusiness, and other partner-stakeholders.

IITA works across sub-Saharan Africa in ensuring the delivery of research innovations on five impact areas: Nutrition and food security; Poverty reduction, livelihoods, and jobs; Gender equality, youth, and social inclusion; Climate adaptation and greenhouse gas reduction; and Environmental health and biodiversity.

This is done through active participation in the following CGIAR Research Programs (CRP) and Platforms that are in line with the IITA strategy:

  • CRPs: Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC), Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM), MAIZE, and Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS),
  • Platforms: Genebank, Excellence in Breeding (EiB), Excellence in Agronomy (EiA), Gender, and Big Data

IITA also continues to focus on the following research for development areas that are aligned with the priorities of the One CGIAR portfolio:

  1. Harnessing genetic diversity to nourish future generations through its work on genetic resources conservation and participation in the CGIAR Crops to End Hunger Initiative.
  2. Building sustainable systems for the future with participation in the following: A CGIAR Plant and Soil Health initiative and Responding to biological threats; Excellence in Agronomy, and Strengthening policies, markets and services for food systems transformation in sub-Saharan Africa.
  3. Improving Nutrition and One Health with a stronger CGIAR commitment to food systems research, Addressing Hidden Hunger.
  4. Reducing inequalities and vulnerability for women and youth.
  5. Leveraging global responses to the climate crisis with the Two Degree Initiative for Food and Agriculture (2DI).

IITA operates via its regional hubs and research stations across sub-Saharan Africa on Partnerships for Delivery to make the delivery of research innovations more efficient. In 2019, IITA added the Sahelian region of West Africa—one of the most vulnerable regions of the world—as a priority impact zone, where the agriculture sector is under strain due to the many risks that are likely to deteriorate in the face of climate change. Hence, IITA and partners are making contributions in the Sahel through collaborative projects to improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and ensure the preservation of natural resource integrity.

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