#Legumes4Africa, PanAfrican Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference

From February 28, 2016 until March 04, 2016

The United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (www.iyp2016.orgwww.fao.org/pulses-2016/en/). To celebrate this significant designation, the Joint PanAfrican Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference will be held in Livingstone, Zambia, February 28 through March 4, 2016, at the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort (Formerly the Zambezi Sun).

The conference is organized by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes (Legume Innovation Lab), in partnership with the Pan-African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA), the International Center for Research in the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes, the Zambia Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, and the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI).

Visit the conference website for more information.

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Call for Abstracts of Conference Papers

Participants are invited to prepare and submit abstracts of papers for presentation during oral and poster sessions in the joint PanAfrican Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference. Papers should focus on innovative research, technology/knowledge dissemination and/or private sector business development activities relative to grain legumes (pulses) important to Africa, including cowpea, common bean, pigeon pea, chickpea, fava bean, lima bea, lentil, etc. Since the conference will be focusing on multidisciplinary themes, scientists and development professionals representing diverse disciplines are encouraged to submit papers for presentation. 

Topical Categories for Papers

  • Abiotic Stress
  • Biological Nitrogen Fixation
  • Economics and Value Chain Development
  • Gender and Youth
  • Human Nutrition and Health
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Mechanization of Production and Postharvest Handling
  • Plant Pathology
  • Seed Systems
  • Sustainable Intensification
  • Technology Dissemination and Impact Assessment
  • Value Addition and Food Processing

Submission of Abstracts

A mechanism has been established for the electronic submission of abstracts through a link on the conference webpage. Participants in the conference may submit multiple abstracts for which they are an author or co-author and able to present papers in either an oral or poster session(s). When submitting an abstract, one should be prepared t provide the following information in addition to an electronic (Word) file of the abstract text (text only, with no title or author information in this document).

  • Abstract Title
  • Submitter's Name (Presenting Author)
  • Submitter's Institution and Country
  • Submitter's Email
  • Is the presenting author a Student? (Yes or No)
  • Detailed information on the presenting author(s)' institutional affiliation, department, full postal address and phone number
  • Co-author Name(s)
  • Detailed information on the co-author's institutional affiliation, department, full postal address and phone number
  • Choice of Program Topical Category of Paper
  • Preference of Oral or Poster Session

Authors will be able to return and modify any information in the electronic abstract submission system prior to final submission. Once all the information and the text of the abstract have been "confirmed" and the submission concluded, the author(s) will recieve a confirmation email with the abstract's ID # plus a password.

Call for Abstracts!

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