IITA - International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a non-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity. Our Areas of Focus cover Improving Crops; Making Healthy Crops; Managing Natural Resources; Improving Livelihoods; and Enhancing Nutritional Value. IITA is a centre of the CGIAR.


IITA will mainly contribute through WP1, as Co-Leader to WP1 Task 1.3 on Studies – Analysis – Foresight. IITA will also contribute to Task 1.4 on Monitoring & Evaluation.


  • Dr. Kwesi Atta-Krah is Director for Country Alignment and Systems Integration at IITA, Ibadan, since January 2017. Prior to this, in the period January 2013 to December 2016, he was Executive Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics (Humidtropics), based at IITA Ibadan. Until January 2013, Dr. Atta-Krah was Deputy Director General of Bioversity International, a position he held from June 2005 up till 31 December, 2013. Earlier, he had worked with International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI); International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA) – now ILRI: and earlier in the mid-eighties, with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA.
  • Dr. Atta-Krah currently oversees institutional collaboration, systems integration and research alignment to strategic goals of countries and regions. He holds a PhD degrees in Agroforestry/Natural Resources Management from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria (1984). His professional interests and expertise spans Agronomy, Food Security and Natural Resources Management, and Sustainable intensification. He has expertise in integrated systems research aimed at livelihoods enhancement for farmers and actors within production systems, and is experienced in multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder research and development processes, for enhanced efficiencies and synergies.
  • Dr. Bernard Vanlauwe is Director R4D, Central Africa Hub, and is also Leader for Natural Resources Management at IITA. Bernard Vanlauwe joined IITA in March 2012 to lead the Central Africa hub and the Natural Resource Management research area. Prior to this appointment, he was the leader of the Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) program of the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility research area of CIAT (TSBF). He joined CIAT-TSBF in 2001 and led the development, adaptation, and dissemination of best ISFM options in various agroecological zones in sub-Saharan Africa. In September 2010, he obtained a Visiting Professor position at the Swedish Agricultural University in Uppsala in the Soils and Environment Department. He had also worked at IITA in Nigeria (1991 – 2000) and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (1989-1991), focusing on unraveling the mechanisms underlying nutrient and soil organic matter dynamics in tropical agroecosystems. In that context, he obtained his PhD in 1996 in Applied Biological Sciences. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and over 120 in other forms and has (co-) supervised over 30 MSc and 10 PhD students.
  • Dr. Rosern Rwampororo is the Head of Monitoring and Evaluation at IITA. She is the IITA representative on the CGIAR Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Community of Practice (MEL CoP). She has a Ph.D. in Development Sociology with Agricultural Economics and Program Evaluation from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. (January 2001). She has twenty years of progressive working experience in policy and economic analysis on issues pertaining to African development. She has extensive experience in program monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) of development and research programs, including impact assessments skills geared towards poverty reduction. She has worked as an Evaluation Advisor and/or Consultant with international development organizations such as the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA). She served as a Chief of Party for USAID-funded projects in Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. She also served as UNDP’s Technical Advisor to the Government of Malawi. Most recently, Dr. Rwampororo was the Founder & President of a development consulting firm; i-Train & Evaluate Center (i-TEC), www.evaltrain.com. Her country experiences in Africa and beyond include: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, the USA, United Kingdom, Mexico, Nicaragua, and France.