Origins and History

History and traditions of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops-Africa Branch



The International Society for Tropical Root Crops-Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB) was founded in 1978 by a few scientists who attended the ISTRC meetings far away in Thailand and could not see a large number of Africans because of the high cost of attendance. The urge to include many more Africans in the discourse of root and tuber crops created the feeling for an African branch of the society. The aims were basically the same but to date still remain and continue to be a parallel organisation. Plans to link the two have been tried many times but the difficulty of management was too high a cost in the earlier years. Maybe with the advent of the electronic devices and ICT, such mergers could in future be achieved. The totality of scientific publication on cereal crops are far much higher than for root and tuber crops that are mostly in the tropical countries with less resources for sustaining research on these crops.



History and Traditions
ISTRC-AB was established in 1978 headquartered at IITA Ibadan, Nigeria. The membership is open to all root and tuber crop people whether they are researchers, business people, Government officials of governments, heads of state, etc. In all, the principal aim is to: Stimulate and enhance the value chain from Research, Production to full Utilization of root and tuber crops (RTC) in Africa.

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