Monthly Archives: June 2013

9th Triennial Conference of the African Potato Association 30th June-4th July 2013

APAThe African Potato Association (APA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya, the National Potato Council of Kenya, and the International Potato Center are hosting the Ninth Triennial African Potato Association (APA) conference, which will be held at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha, Kenya from the 30th of June through to the 4th of July 2013.

The meeting will have 3 specific objectives:

First, it is an opportunity for scientists from within and outside of the continent to review the progress of potato and sweetpotato research in Africa.

Second, the forum enables scientists to engage with other stakeholders (development agents, input dealers, innovative farmers, etc.) who also participate through exhibitions, presentations and panel discussions.

Third, out of this sharing of knowledge and learning, we anticipate that new public-public and public-private sector partnerships will emerge.

The conference will contain the following major themes:

  1. Appropriate policies for germplasm exchange, food and nutrition security, and trade in Africa
  2. Getting seed systems moving
  3. Major advances in breeding and crop management
  4. Innovations in postharvest management, processing technologies, marketing systems and  technology transfer
  5. New evidence concerning nutritional value and changing behaviours


Re-thinking Food Security in Africa: New Paradigms, New approaches convened by SID EastAfrica June 12-13 2013

Stake holders from the agriculture sector are this week convening in Nairobi for a symposium on food security in Africa.

The meeting,  organized by  Society for International Development (SID) with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.  aims at promoting, reflecting and conversing on the seemingly elusive challenge of attaining food security in the continent.  The major focus areas that will be discussed are: Ideology, The African farmer, Technology, Gender dynamics, youth and food aid. The study areas listed above are intended to answer some of the questions frequently asked regarding the inability of the continent to ensure food security for its citizens.

Read more about the symposium on ypard blog

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