International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) was founded in 1967 as an international nongovernmental agricultural research institute. IITA’s mission is to enhance the food security, income and well-being of resource poor people in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), by conducting research and development activities to increase agricultural production, improve food systems and sustainably manage natural resources, in partnership with national and international stakeholders. It became the first African link in the worldwide network of agricultural research centres known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) formed in 1971. IITA is governed by an international board of trustees and is staffed by approximately 100 scientists and other professionals from over 30 countries, and approximately 1300 support staff. Members of staff are located at Ibadan, and also at stations in other parts of Nigeria, and in Benin Republic, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda. Funding for IITA comes from the CGIAR and bilaterally from national and private donor agencies.
Within REDD-ALERT, IITA will be mainly involved in providing datasets and modelling experience, and will also contribute to the analysis of drivers of land use change, carbon stocks, and testing stakeholder views to REDD policy options.