RESEARCH IS UNDERTAKEN TO ADDRESS DEVELOPMENT NEEDS
IITA will mark its 50th year of founding in 2017. Almost 50 years ago, IITA’s founders established the Institute as one of the first four major international gricultural research centers across the globe addressing food security and poverty. In 2016, the Institute reiterated its commitment to support partners, including the national programs to help transform African agriculture, and thus facilitate agricultural solutions for hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation.
Improving
Crops
IITA is sowing the seeds of success in West Africa and transforming lives through better seeds in Mozambique
Making crops healthy
IITA hot on the heels of deadly aflatoxins in southern Africa and managing whiteflies by their sense of scents
Managing natural resources
IITA is helping to safeguard biodiversity in Benin and making concerted effort against weeds in cassava
Ensuring impact and delivery
IITA is transforming Nigeria’s agricultural landscape and putting the private sector in the driver’s seat
FROM THE DG

In 2017, we are celebrating our Golden Jubilee. IITA will be only one of four CGIAR centers to reach that milestone, and the first Africa-based center to do so. I am very excited and extremely proud to be at the helm when IITA reaches that landmark.

Going towards our 50th anniversary—and together with our partners, supporters, and donors—we continue to toil hard to achieve impact from our research-for-development (R4D) work to help our smallholder farmers create a better life for themselves and their families. To this end, 2016 has been another exciting and productive year for us.

FROM THE BOARD CHAIR

IITA sees a bright future for Africa, a continent that can become a world leader in agriculture and sustainability. The Institute’s 2012–2020 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. The Board of Trustees is committed to providing leadership and oversight to the Institute in the achievement of this goal.

IITA has undergone a period of unprecedented growth over the last five years. Its budget has tripled since 2011, resulting in a doubling of the number of internationally recruited scientists.

TRAINING & SEMINARS
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Our Finances and Supporters
Funding for 2016 was US$112.478 million, of which 99.7% came from CGIAR investors and 0.3% from other sources. Expenditures were $113.877 million (net of indirect costs recovery of $10.525 million), of which 91.2% was used for  program expenses and 8.8% for management and general expenses.  The governments and agencies that provided the largest share of our funding in 2015 and 2016 are shown in Figure 1 (top 10 donors).