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.
Ensuring poverty eradication, nutrition and food security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem through a global research partnership for a food-secure future.
Continuous collaboration with researchers to advance agricultural science and innovation, improve productivity and resilience in managing economic growth, natural resources and other challenges.
Statement of Purpose
IAFSAF is a non-political association, which seeks to: Provide a forum for the exchange of academic and research ideas among its members Establish and promote a spirit of friendship, tolerance and humility among its members through social activities. Discuss, suggest and/or seek solution to problems affecting members.
Commitment to sustainability, innovation and excellence.
Acting in an environmentally friendly way
Commitment to building strong communities.
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.
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.