Congress Proceedings 2017

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Day 1: Tuesday 28th February 2017

Session 1 :

Topic: Root Health Forum – the importance of root development

Session 2:

Topic: Sustainable Agriculture, how to grow more food using fewer resources.

Session 3:  

Topic: Innovation in Seed Treatment – future trends and technologies.

Session 4:  Special Interest Group on Field Crops (SIGFC)

Theme: Reducing factors limiting trade in quality seed in Africa

Topic: The Prospects of Rice Production in Western Africa by Dr. Saidu Bah, seed and seed systems expert, AfricaRice

Topic: Challenges and opportunities in Africa Mr. Simeon Kibet, General Manager, Quality Assurance, KEPHIS

Topic: Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) in maize production in Africa by Dr. Francis Mwantuni, Project Manager, MLN diagnostics and management, CIMMYT

Topic: Consolidated Biotechnology Policy issues in Africa by Mr. Samuel Timpo, Senior Programme Officer, AU-NEPAD Agency ABNE

Session 5: Special interest Group on Vegetables (SIGV) Meeting:

Theme: Strengthening Vegetables Production through Quality Seed Trade in Africa

Topic: Vegetables Production: Opportunities and Challenges in Western Africa by Dr. Ousame Ndoye, Crop Manager, CORAF

Topic: Vegetables breeding consortium for Africa by Dr. Thomas Dubois, Regional Director ESA, AVRDC

Topic: Update on Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program by Dr. Victor Afari-sefa, Economist, Global World Vegetable Centre (AVRDC)

Topic: Vegetables production trends in Africa: Rijk Zwaan experience by Dr Eugene Agbicodo, Head of Breeding Rijk Zwaan Afrisem

Wednesday 1st March 2017



Session 6:

Topic:  Seed market in Africa: Challenges and prospects by Mr. Jean Philippe Lodugnon Harding, Enabling Business in Africa (EBA) – World Bank

Session 7:

Topic: OECD and ISTA challenges in Africa by Seed Schemes Challenges by Mr. Stephen FlackISTA CHALLENGES IN AFRICA by Mrs Grethe Tarp Contribution Congrès AFSTA by Mr. Felix Mamadou Sagne and ISTA ACCREDITATION PROJECT FOR THE SEAL AND PLANT ANALYSIS LABORATORY IN TUNISIA by Mrs Salou ben Fredj

Session 8:

Topic: Achievements of the harmonized seed regulations at the Regional Economic Community level.

Thursday 2nd March 2017


Session 9:

Topic: Plant breeding innovation and its consequences in vegetables and field crops by Mr. Michael Keller, Secretary General of the International Seed Federation (ISF), Switzerland

Session 10:

Topic: Current status of phytosanitary regulations and cross-border seed trade in Africa by Mr Dennis Johnson, International Seed Federation, Switzerland

Topic: Situation of plant breeders’ rights in Africa

Session 11:

Topic:   Global actions for improving access by African farmers to quality seeds: public, regulators and seed companies.

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