1st Regional Symposium on the Next Generation of Cocoa Research in West and Central Africa to hold in November.

The WCF African Cocoa Initiative (ACI), in conjunction with the African Cocoa Breeders Working Group (ACBWG), is organizing a one-time symposium on the next generation of cocoa research for West and Central Africa.

The symposium will hold  between the 8th and 10th November, 2016 at the premises of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria.

crinThe symposium will cover aspects on the recent innovations in cocoa improvement, share research experiences, identify research needs and develop national, regional and global alliances to unleash the potential of the crop. It will also provide a platform for consultation and development of a regional strategy for improving the cocoa sector based on genetic enhancement; pest and diseases, and mitigation of risks of climate change; post-harvest handling and quality aspects; mechanization/labor-saving technologies; markets, institutions and policies; and value chain analysis.

Nearly 200 researchers, academics, industry representatives and other stakeholders in the cocoa sector will be brought together at the symposium to discuss research priority across both the public and private sector platforms going forward. It will also examine the future of cocoa research needs in the wake of new challenges, threats and opportunities. The event is open to students, scientists, donors, policy makers, traders, processors, industries, government and inter-government agencies, NGO’s, private sector, and any other interested parties.

The programme is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IITA, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN) and  the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF).

For more information and registration, click here.

Source: Programme Flier

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