World Congress on Root & Tuber Crops - WCRTC

Third Scientific Conference of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century & 17th Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops

You may find more information on the Congress, WCRTC - resulting from the merger of the 3rd Scientific Conference of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) & the 17th Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC), here.

The congress represented a unique opportunity for exchanging expert and scientific advice on RTCs - in particular for the global South which facilitated the discourse amongst key root and tuber crops stakeholders like farmers, end-users, researchers, the private sector and donor agencies.

It aimed at raising awareness of the importance of the RTCs in the world, reviewing recent scientific progress, identifying and setting priorities for new opportunities and challenges as well as charting a course to seek R&D support for areas where it is currently inadequate or lacking.

Due to its structure and content, the congress facilitated the process of bringing together the scientific world and the private sector.

The WCRTC had to be postponed from its original dates on Oct 5-10, 2015, to January 18-22, 2016 because the Chinese Government did not issue the official authorization for the venue early enough to guaranty a successful Congress.

The Congress was finally held on January 18-23, 2016 and was attended by more than 567 people from 47 countries in the world. It has been ranked as "highly or very successful" by 92% of the 400 people who responded to the survey. GCP21 published eProceedings that can also be found Here

The Second GCP21 Scientific Conference was sponsored by several donors and their information and logos can be found Here



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