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Final Announcement : International Conference

July 6th, 2010

Revealing the Appeal and Potential of Agricultural Biodiversity For Africa: Status, Trends and Outlook for Future

19-20 July 2010, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The conference organised by FARA, in partnership with the four sub-Regional Organizations (ASARECA, CORAF, NASRO and SADC-FANR), and Bioversity International will be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso during Africa Science Week and FARA AGM.

The overall goal of the conference is to increase awareness, raise the appeal and generate support for research and development in relation to agricultural biodiversity for development in Africa. The conference will facilitate the sharing of innovative ideas in areas of agricultural biodiversity conservation and use science, research and development in Africa. It will also provide an opportunity to bring the agricultural biodiversity research community together to exchange experiences and lessons learnt, establish linkages and foster post-conference networking.

Expected Objectives:

The conference seeks to achieve four key objectives:

1. Understand agricultural biodiversity resources – the present and future threats and challenges. This will cover all the key dimensions of agricultural biodiversity (including plants, livestock, fishes, pollinators, soil micro-organisms, etc).
2. Assess the state of knowledge and celebrate the value and contribution of Agricultural biodiversity for development on the continent.
3. Identify the weaknesses and the gaps that exist in the optimization of use of agricultural biodiversity on the continent. This would also include methodologies and principles and approaches.
4. Develop mechanisms, approaches and pathways for strengthening engagement on agricultural biodiversity for food and nutrition security and environment.

The conference will be a contribution to the wider goal of the international year on biodiversity and additionally be used as a platform for the launching of a FARA-led Agricultural Biodiversity Initiative for Africa (ABIA).

Download the Final Announcement (English version -pdf)) or (French version-pdf)) and the Programme.

Registration is still on. Visit the FARA week website for more information.