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5th World Cowpea Research Conference
27 September 2010 — 01 October 2010
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Cowpea experts from across the globe will converge at the historic city of Dakar, Senegal from 27 September to 1 October 2010 for the 5th World Cowpea Research Conference.
For five days, participants will tackle research issues related to enhancing the profile of cowpea as a viable income generating and food security crop.
Topics to be covered include: Genetic improvement, grain and seed storage, processing and enterprise development, plant health management, human nutrition and health, cropping systems and agronomy, molecular tools, economics and technology transfer, crop-livestock integration, and seed systems.
The conference would present the state of the art in cowpea research with the ultimate aim of identifying opportunities for cowpea growers to gain higher incomes, greater food security, and lead healthier lives.
With the range of expertise expected to attend the conference and share knowledge and information, organizers believe that the event will also increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of cowpea, hopefully leading to more support to scientists to carry out cutting-edge research to further develop the crop thereby realizing its potential.
The conference is organized by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in cooperation with the Dry Grain Pulses Collaborative Research Support Programme (Pulse-CRSP), Purdue University, and the Institut Senegalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA).
For details about the conference and to submit your abstracts online, visit the 5th World Cowpea Conference's official Web site at http://cowpea2010.iita.org/