In celebration of the 2016 International Year of Pulses, as designated by the United Nations, the Management Office of the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab is pleased to announce the upcoming Joint Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference in Livingstone, Zambia, February 28 to March 4, 2016.
Along with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Pan-African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab is one of the lead hosts and organizers of this conference, which will gather scientists from around the globe engaged in various facets of grain legume and cowpea research—genomics, plant breeding, seed systems, IPM, gender, human nutrition, value chain development, and climate change—to share findings, discuss grain legume sector development challenges, consider solutions and opportunities, and network. Further information on the conference, including registration and abstract submission guidelines, can be found at http://gl2016confa.iita.org/.
I encourage you to distribute the attached conference flyer to your network of associates and stakeholders who might be interested in participating.
I believe that you, as the director of MSU’s Center for Global Connections, would find this conference particularly interesting and relevant. I would, therefore, like to formerly invite you to attend this first Pan-African conference on grain legumes, which are, as you know, strategic to addressing food insecurity in Africa. While the Legume Innovation Lab cannot, unfortunately, financially support your attendance at this conference due to USAID monetary restrictions, I would be honored by your presence and sincerely hope you are able to join us in Zambia on February 28, 2016.
Irvin Widders, Ph.D.
Director, Legume Innovation Lab