For joint World Cowpea and Pan-African Grain Legume Conference

Abstracts of papers for oral or poster presentations are invited for the upcoming Joint World Cowpea and Pan-African Grain Legume Research Conference 2016 to be held from 28 February to 4 March 2016 at the Zambezi Sun Hotel in Livingstone, Zambia.

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, faba bean, lima bean, 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.

Thematic areas for paper submission:

  • Abiotic Stress
  • Biological Nitrogen Fixation
  • Economics and Value Chain Development
  • Gender and Youth
  • Genomics and Plant Breeding
  • 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

Abstracts should be submitted online through the conference website here or directly through the online abstract submission system here, which is hosted by the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA).

  • Guidelines and further details on preparing and submitting abstracts may be found here. Abstracts can be submitted in English, French, or Portuguese.
  • The deadline for submission of all abstracts is on 1 December 2015. Authors of abstracts accepted for either oral or poster presentations will be notified by 21 December 2015.
  • For details about the conference, please visit the conference website here. Registration to the conference will be announced soon.

The joint World Cowpea and Pan-African Grain Legume Conference has been selected by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) as one of the signature international events in celebration of 2016 International Year of Pulses.

The conference is being organized by a consortium of international organizations and institutions led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Feed-the-Future Legume Innovation Lab in partnership with thePan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), 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 Zambia Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI), and the University of Zambia (UNZA).