Organizers

GCP21: The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21 Century is known by its well-attended international cassava conferences: Ghent, Belgium 2008 and Kampala, Uganda 2012, and Nanning, China, January, 2016. GCP21 conferences are covering all aspects of cassava R&D from genomics to products and will host group-interest and thematic satellite meetings. GCP21-IV will focus on the current global concerns of cassava biology and utilization, promoting the use of advanced biotechnological technologies to solve key technical problems, to improve the yield, the nutritional quality and its industrial utilization, to help tackle global hunger and poverty. The theme of the fourth International Cassava Conference will be: Cassava Transformation in Africa, and the structure of the whole conference will be organized around the theme.

The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture - IITA is an award-winning, research-for-development (R4D) organization, providing solutions to hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources in Africa. Since 1967, IITA has worked with international and national partners to we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity.

IITA is guided by an ambitious strategy–to lift 11.5 million people out of poverty and revitalize 7.5 million hectares of farmland–by 2020. As one of 15 research centers in the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food secure future, IITA is engaged in several CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). IITA has delivered more than 70% of the CGIAR’s impact in sub-Saharan Africa and remains committed to science-driven improvement of agriculture and related food value chains.

To help address poverty and the high number of unemployed young men and women in, IITA has initiated a Youth Agripreneurs program to create jobs by making agriculture and agribusiness appealing to the youth. The program is integrated in the Business Incubation Platform (BIP), the technology delivery arm of IITA, which serves as a model to stimulate product development and to provide opportunities for market expansion.

By 2015, CORAF/WECARD aims at contributing to a sustainable reduction of poverty and food insecurity in West and Central Africa. To do this, it is working to increase the economic growth generated by agriculture and to improve the agricultural research system in the sub-region. CORAF/WECARD Mission The mission of CORAF/WECARD is to satisfy social demand of the people of the sub-region. Therefore, CORAF/WECARD is concerned with sustainably improving agricultural productivity, competitiveness and markets in West and Central Africa. The objective of CORAF/WECARD is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of small farmers and promote the agribusiness sector. Therefore, it puts agricultural producers and users at the centre of its research. The main functions of CORAF/WECARD include the followings : - Coordination of agricultural research in the 23 countries in West and Central Africa; - Capacity Building for actors and partners; - Management of agricultural knowledge Advocacy for resource mobilization.

The National Institute of Agricultural Research of Benin (INRAB) is the only national institution that is part of agricultural research in Benin. It answers, with the different actors of the agricultural world, to the national and international stakes of the agriculture and the development. INRAB's main mission is to produce technologies for the rural world in harmony with the preservation of natural resources and thus contribute to the advancement of science. INRAB's activities focus on crop, livestock, fisheries, forestry and climate change, studies and policy analysis, training, services and consultations. The different themes studied are: Fertility, fertilization, phytosanitary control, conservation and improvement of phylogenetic resources (seeds), economic and financial profitability and forestry research.

Established in 1970, the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences is an institution of professional training, development, research and development support. Its main missions are: - To provide various initial training courses to provide rural development frameworks for agricultural and para-agricultural education, development and research; - To provide postgraduate training in Agronomic Sciences; - The provision of in-service training for the further development and / or retraining of in-service managers in the fields of agronomic science and technology and related sciences; Design, implement and / or accompany research or agricultural production programs related to rural development policies in Benin and the Sub-Region; - To facilitate or ensure the publication of the results of work carried out by teachers and researchers.