Banana Conference April 2008

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in partnership with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Bioversity International, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), is organizing an Africa-based conference that will focus on banana and plantain research across Africa: lessons learned and the way forward.

Fostering international partnerships is a major objective of the conference, with particular emphasis on establishing the role of research in promoting future commercial activities and trade in banana, plantain and enset. There is an urgent need to target basic and applied research that connects to existing and emerging markets. This unique conference will be the first pan-African meeting to link research to markets in an African context. Key priorities of the conference are:

  • Develop an African strategy for the next decade to exploit banana and plantain research
  • Strengthen research partnerships to overcome production bottlenecks
  • Harmonize research with production trends, emerging markets and trade networks

Early registration costs 250 USD, while accommodation costs 70 USD per person sharing and 102 USD for a single, full-board, all-inclusive. Early registration is open until September 30, 2007, after which the fee will rise. We therefore encourage you to register soon via our website ( Our registration desk will be in contact with you and happy to answer any further inquiries or special requests.

Conference details and call for papers found here:


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