‘Challenges and Opportunities for Agricultural Intensification of the Humid Highland Systems of sub-Saharan Africa’ Kigali, Rwanda

The CIALCA Consortium and the CGIAR Consortium Research Programme (CRP) on the Humid Tropics have the pleasure of announcing an international conference on the ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Agricultural Intensification of the Humid Highland Systems of sub-Saharan Africa’, to be convened in Kigali, Rwanda from 24-27 October 2011.

The conference aims to take stock of the state of the art of agricultural intensification in the highlands of sub-Sahararan Africa, and to chart the way forward for agricultural research for development in the Humid Tropics CRP and the CIALCA Consortium, through keynote presentations, oral and poster presentations, and strategic panel discussions. Papers for oral or poster presentation are invited for the four conference themes: 

Papers should (i) assess constraints and performance of single production components and (ii) propose and evaluate interventions to improve the efficiency, profitability, quality, and productivity of these components. Papers are expected to present advances with farming system analysis and integration. Studies on system component interactions for different farmer typologies are particularly relevant. Drivers for adoption: Papers should improve the understanding of drivers for adoption, including post-harvest processing for value addition, access to input/output markets and information, improved health and nutrition, access to and control over resources, appropriate policy, and social capital. Knowledge-intensive approaches: Papers are expected to address the effectiveness of novel and participatory research and extension approaches, multi-stakeholder partnerships, and tools to effectively learn, monitor and evaluate.

The conference will convened in English and French, with simultaneous translation available. Please see the attached flyer or the conference website for more more details, including registration information and how to submit a paper or poster for presentation.

 For more information contact : Boudy van Schagen