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MAY 2009



Agriculture: Africa's "Engine for Growth" - Plant science & biotechnology hold the key

October 12-14, 2009
Rothamsted Research,
Harpenden, Herts, UK

This international meeting is designed to bring together approximately 75 motivated/innovative Africa scientists with another 75 leading researchers and their teams from other countries working on basic science and areas related to the improvement of African agriculture. This international arena will allow dynamic interactions to discuss cutting edge research issues and promote science, education and policy issues related to Africa. This meeting is designed to address key issues by examining existing plant science knowledge, possible applications and development of new technologies, together with their use for improving crop performance in Africa. The need to enhance education in novel areas of plant research and biotechnology that might provide suitable solutions for Africa will also be addressed.

Our key aim is to assist the participation of African scientists in this dynamic interaction. We therefore encourage African researchers with an interest to offer papers/posters. We will use these as a basis for selection and we aim to offer a contribution of their funding to all selected African participants.'