Producers, marketers, processors, and consumers have identified various problems that militate against the cultivation and utilization of indigenous vegetables in Africa. These include lack of planting materials, lack of production package information, lack of government support, the psyche of consumers that discourage promotion of indigenous species, lack of awareness of the food value of the species, difficult production techniques e.g. staking, etc., and high degree of perishability amongst others. It is known that the agrarian/rural communities that constitute about 65% of most African countries rely on these valuable vegetables for daily supplies of nutrients, vitamins and even protein. Thus, sustained production and utilization of these indigenous vegetables (IVs) will be a solution to the persistent problems of food and nutritional security in Africa. It is therefore timely to organize a forum to discuss issues that are related to the production and utilization of the indigenous vegetables of Africa from the perspectives of science, technology, finance and policy. This is the AFRI-VEG FORUM

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE
The main objective of the conference is to bring together a global community of stakeholders (the academia, NGO, donor agencies, and industry) working on issues related to African indigenous vegetable to drive the process of promoting entrepreneurial development in the vegetable sector. The conference will bring together the body of knowledge on African vegetables for collation and archiving. The aim of the 2017 Afri-Veg Conference is to further our understanding of the challenges faced by the various stakeholders in the vegetable value chain and to recommend best practices that will enable us to overcome these challenges. The conference will encourage collaboration and exchange of knowledge and experience among participants. The ultimate goal is to encourage women's participation in vegetable value chain, which will have an impact on economic development, and allow greater diversity in household sustenance dynamics.

CONFERENCE SUBTHEMES

  • Agronomy: soil management, pest and diseases management, water management, pathology, breeding and crop improvement, seed production, cropping systems, conservation and diversity
  • Food science and value addition: post-harvest handling, processing, preservation, packaging, food and nutrition, nutraceuticals
  • Food security and policy
  • Economics & marketing: agribusiness, impact assessment
  • Social and culture: gender issues, youth issues, communication and extension
  • Communication, dissemination and scaling up approaches, innovation platform
  • Technology and innovation in vegetable value chain

20-22 November, 2017

Sun Beach Hotel
Fidjrossè Calvaire, Cotonou, Benin Republic
HOW TO REGISTER
Visit www.afriveg-forum.org OR click the button below to register

*WHAT DOES REGISTRATION FEE COVERS?

Your registration covers:

  • Your Presentation
  • Name Tags
  • Coffee Breaks and Welcome Dinner

NOTE: The presenting author must register – however, if coauthors will be in attendance, they all must register. This will enable them to have Name Tags, partake in Coffee Breaks and Welcome dinner, etc.

**PAYMENT(S) REFUND POLICY

  • Cancellation on or before 2 weeks to the conference start date attracts 70% refund of any amount paid.
  • If you are unable to show up at the conference, you will be refunded with 50% of your payment.
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