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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 contextAfrica is the 2nd largest continent, butthe least industrialized. - FAO75% of the worlds poor continue todepend on agriculture for theforeseeable future. - DFIDThere 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. - IITAwww.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. AgrobiodiversityAfricas biodiversity is rich butvulnerable.We use biotechnology and newdiagnostic tools for the efficient, long-term conservation and sustainable useof genetic resources of staple andunderutilized crops and non-plantorganisms.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 inbetter economicopportunities.Photo by IITAwww.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 froman IITA-developed hybridTMH3x 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, atrader 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 Africas 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 beingattacked by a predator.Photo by IITA.www.iita.org 13. IITAs research-for-development modelwww.iita.org