300 RESEARCHERS, POLICYMAKERS to Attend 2018 fourth International Cassava Conference in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on June 11-15, 2018 for “Cassava Transformation Agenda”
Africa needs to more than double cassava production to feed itself by 2050’
Ecochallenge Nig Ltd Along with 300 RESEARCHERS, POLICYMAKERS to Attend 2018 fourth International Cassava Conference in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on June 11-15, 2018 for “Cassava Transformation Agenda”
The 2018 Global Cassava Conference is supported by several major institutions including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), CGIAR Roots Tubers and Banana, African Development Bank (AfDB), French Institute in Benin, French Embassy, CORAF, Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA), Institut National Agronomique du Benin INRAB, and Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques de l’Université Abomey (FAS-UAC), Calavi, Republic of Benin.
According to Director for the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21), Dr Claude Fauquet, technologies existed to transform cassava, but not many policy makers were aware of such technologies, adding that the forthcoming global conference on cassava with the theme “Cassava Transformation in Africa” was a unique opportunity that would create an environment for exchange of technical, scientific, agricultural, industrial and economic information about cassava among strategic stakeholders like scientists, farmers, processors, end-users, researchers, the private sector, and donor agencies.
According to him, 300 participants including policymakers, scientists, farmers, processors, end-users, researchers, the private sector, and donor agencies would be participating in the conference on 11-15 June 2018.
A larger number of organisations will join the conference, sponsoring special events, travel grants, workshops, satellite meetings, as well as private companies from the different parts of the world that will have the possibility to show-case their products at exhibition booths.
He reiterated that the aim of the Conference was to raise awareness on the importance of cassava in the world, reviewing recent scientific progress, identifying and setting priorities for new opportunities and challenges while charting a course to seek Research and Development (R&D) support for areas where it is currently inadequate.