IITA DG and Board Chair visit IFAD President to strengthen IFAD-IITA partnership
On 13 December at the IFAD headquarters in Italy, the Director General, Nteranya Sanginga, and Board Chair, Amos Namanga Ngongi of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), met with Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The purpose of the meeting was to brief the IFAD President on IITA’s progress in scaling up technology and engaging youth in agribusiness with IFAD support and discuss future collaboration.
Since 1979, IFAD has provided 41 large grants to IITA for a total amount of USD 35.9 million, with four currently ongoing. Also, the total current fund amounts approximately to USD 7 million. However, there are three new projects in the pipeline with a budget of USD 9.5 million. These projects are aimed at broadening partnership between the two institutions and consolidating partnership for impact.