International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) inaugurated the building of its representation in Kinshasa on Friday, August 3, 2012 in presence of Libendele, principal advisor of DRC's head of state, and Sanginga Nteranya, the chief of IITA, who travelled from Ibadan, in Nigeria, for this event. The building is located in Gombe, the business municipality of Kinshasa.
About the choice of DRC, Sanginga said that "it is imposed because of asset of the country and its agricultural potential in order to serve focal point for research of 13 countries of Central and Eastern Africa.
Divided in two pools, east and west of DRC, the IITA's office of Bukavu, in South-Kivu, will serve the sub-region of Great Lakes, and the office of Kinshasa will cover all DRC west provinces.
The chief of IITA announced that his organization will work now in basis of a program and no on basis of project as it did in the past.
IITA is in DRC during nearly 30 years, collaborates with INERA, the main DRC agricultural research's center, universities and other research partners. In 1974, IITA contributed in reinforcement of capacity of INERA and since 2001, it has been implicated with INERA in research project of rehabilitation of cassava's culture which has been attacked by mosaic.
According to the chief of IITA, the inauguration of the building is in the framework is in the new management politic of the institute that consists to decentralize its research centers by creating of "hab" in each region of Africa for more effectiveness.