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Call for Abstract: Wheat for food security in Africa - Science and policy dialogue about the future of wheat in Africa

              Dates: October 8 - 12, 2012 Organized by: Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), WHEAT CGIAR research program, CIMMYT & ICARDA Venue: United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  The Wheat for Food Security in Africa Symposium will highlight five main themes in its examination of future of wheat in Africa:
  • Africa’s food security and the changing demand for wheat over next decades
  • Biological yield potential in various eco-regions of Africa
  • Major biotic and abiotic constraints of wheat production in Africa, particularly related to climate change
  • Potential for profitable wheat production in Africa
  • Major constraints (policy, institutional issues, infrastructure - road and market access etc.) to wheat production in Africa
However, The Organisers welcome additional perspectives in submitted proposals for abstracts and posters. Day two of the conference will be devoted to breakout groups by themes. Maximum three oral presentations will be selected for each theme/breakout group. After the selected oral presentations, each of the working groups will be asked to reflect on specific topics and possible solutions in form of facilitated discussions. Outputs of the breakout group discussions and each group’s recommendations will be presented during final plenary session (Thursday Oct 11) to policy makers and donors. Paper abstracts and poster proposals will be blind-peer-reviewed. Limited number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentation. Poster presentations will be accepted as space permits. All selected abstracts will be published in form of Book of abstracts that will be distributed to participants during the conference. Submission of Abstracts Abstracts of papers or posters should be a maximum of 500 words in English and should be submitted online during registration process or sent to pkosina AT by 31 July 2012. Please indicate clearly whether the submission is for a paper or a poster.  All abstracts must contain the title of the proposed paper or poster, the name of the author(s), and  contact information (institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address). Timeline for symposium organization  Abstracts for posters: - Abstracts due: 31 July 2012 - Review and notification of authors: 15 August 2012 - Abstracts reviewed and comments back to authors: 15 August 2012 - Final submission of revised abstracts: 31 August 2012 - Publication of Book of Abstracts: 15 September 2012 Abstracts for oral presentations: - Abstracts due: 31 July 2012 - Review and notification of authors: 15 August 2012 - Full papers due: 7 September 2012 - Full papers reviewed and comments back to authors: 21 September 2012 - Final submission of revised full papers: 1 October 2012 For more information visit the Conference website: Call for Abstract - Wheat for food security in Africa