ISTRC-AB announces her 14th symposium

The 14th International Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops -Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB) will be held in Lusaka, Zambia on 20-24 September 2021.  The theme is: “Exploring climate smart, nutritious and healthy root and tuber crops for African business solutions”

This symposium will provide once more an opportunity for scientists and other stakeholders from throughout Africa and around the world to come together for networking, exchange information and ideas, and to initiate new collaborative studies. Several renowned scientists, young researchers, and other stakeholders are expected to attend this important meeting.


The proposed symposium sub-themes as it relates to climate smart, nutritious and healthy root and tuber crops are: 

  • Genetic resources use and management
  • Breeding of root and tuber crops deploying molecular tools 
  • Root and tuber crops pests and diseases management under climate change
  • Commercial Sustainable Seed System
  • Agronomy/Cropping systems and weed management
  • Postharvest technologies, value chains, and market opportunities
  • Nutrition of root and tuber crops for food and nutrition security
  • Enhancing innovative impact and partnerships 
  • Policy challenges and opportunities for market linkages 


  • 12 April 2021 -First announcement 
  • 3 May 2021 – Second Announcement
  • 1 June 2021 – Deadline for submission of abstract
  • 30 July 2021 – Intimation of abstract acceptance
  • 6-15 August 2021 early bird registration
  • 16 August 2021 – On-line registration of participants
  • 23 August 2021 – Submission of full Papers /Participation in Exhibition/ Early bird registration closes
  • 30 August 2021 – Submission of Powerpoint Presentation
  • 20 September to 24 September 2021 – Conference

Organising Institutions (to be completed) To be updated 

  • The Government of Zambia (Ministry of Agriculture) 
  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria 
  • CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers, and Banana
  • Zambian Agricultural Research Institution (ZARI)
  • Harvest-Plus, CIAT
  • GCP21
  • Cassava Weed Project
  • International Society of Root and Tuber Crops (ISTRC)
  • Food Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
  • Others ..

Local Organising committtee 

  • Dr Martin Chiona, Chairman, LOC, ZARI
  • Mr Moses Mwale, ZARI            
  • Mr. Mathias Tembo, Secretary, LOC, ZARI
  • Dr. PatrickChikoti, ZARI
  • Dr Pheneas Ntawuruhunga, IITA
  • Dr Emmanuel Alamu, IITA
  • Mrs. Cynthia Konie , CEEC
  • Mr. Brighton Mulonga, ZANACA
  • Dr. Isaac Knafo, Private
  • Mrs Susan Chipandwe, CEEC
  • Dr. Nathan Phiri, SCCI
  • Mr. Charles Mulombwa, CEED
  • Mr. Lubasi Yuyi. 
  • Mr Rabson Mulenga, ZARI
  • Mr. Thierry Kalonji, COMESA
  • Mr. Joel H. Okwir, COMESA

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