About COMPRO II
COMPRO II is a five year project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ending 2016. It is the second phase of the 'Commercial Products.'
The project aims at the institutionalizations of quality assurance mechanisms and dissemination of top quality Commercial Products to increase crop yields and improve food security of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.
It is coordinated by the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) working closely with over 18 partner agencies including regulatory authorities, agricultural research institutes, and universities in six countries namely Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda.
IITA is one of the world's lead research partners facilitating agricultural solutions to overcome hunger, and poverty in the tropics. Our award-winning research for development (R4D) addresses the development needs of tropical countries. The organization works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. It is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported by several countries.
So far, COMPRO II has reached out over half million smallholder farmers, creating awareness on effective and profitable commercial products. In addition, through a public private partnership approach, over 100,000 smallholder farmers have experimented effective products and showed significant willingness to adopt technologies proven profitable.
COMPRO II project has also built the capacity of target countries in quality monitoring for commercial products and soil fertility management through supporting MSc and PhD fellows and training professionals.