Who We Are


IARSAF is an acronym for: International Association of Research Scholars and Fellows. It is an International body of Postgraduate students in areas of Agriculture and related disciplines, conducting their research at IITA or any of the CGIAR Research Centers based at IITA in close collaboration with hundreds of partners under the co supervision of CGIAR researchers and their respective Universities across the globe.


OUR PATRON (IITA Research for Development Unit)

Africa has complex problems that plague agriculture and peoples lives. IITA develop agricultural solutions with her partners to tackle hunger and poverty. IITA award-winning research-for-development (R4D) is based on focused, authoritative thinking anchored on the development needs of sub-Saharan Africa. We work with partners in Africa and beyond to reduce producer and consumer risks, enhance crop quality and productivity, and generate wealth from agriculture. IITA is an international nonprofit R4D organization established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported primarily by the CGIAR. IARSAF is regulated and majorly funded by the IITA through its Research for Development Unit.


Director General

Sanginga Nteranya Dr Sanginga has more than 21 years of experience in agricultural research and development, particularly in applied microbial ecology, plant nutrition, and integrated natural resources management in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, having worked with the University of Zimbabwe, IITA, International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria, and Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of CIAT. Before joining IITA as Director General, he was the executive director of CIAT-TSBF from 2003 to 2011.

Deputy Director General – Research for Development (R4D)

Saethre May-Guri May-Guri is Norwegian. She was a Senior Research Scientist/Professor at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) established in June 2015. Her professional background encompasses research, development and teaching in integrated pest management (IPM) and agricultural entomology applied on various agroecosystems. She also has many years of experience collaborating with CGIAR centers, notably IITA, Africa Rice and more recently ICRAF and with national universities, NARS and NGOs.