The WAAPP-NCoS GHANA REGIONAL CONFERENCE, 2016 - seeks to promote integrated agriculture research for development that focuses on participatory research approach for a sustainable value chain development for Yam (Dioscorea spp.), Cassava (Manihot esculenta spp.), Cocoyam (Xanthosoma & Colocassia spp.), and Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas). We offer a platform for technical discussions on how to feed a world faced with increasing population, climate variability and declining soil fertility and biodiversity.


Conference structure

The conference is organized into 4 main sections based on the 4 root and tuber crops (Cassava, yam, cocoyam and sweetpotato) and under the sub-theme: “Towards sustainable productivity: Root and Tuber Crops value chain research and development” The conference will begin with an opening session, followed by plenary and working group sessions. The plenary session is fashioned on open keynote papers in the following areas:

1. Marketing and commercialization as a driving force for development of root and tuber crops.

2. Value addition to Root and Tuber crops: the way forward

3. Towards integrated Research and Extension delivery: a key for sustainable development.

4. Technology and innovations in R&T development. 

These will be followed by 4 Technical sessions (oral and poster presentations) and follow up working group discussions which will be centered on a particular commodity for the day. These working group sessions will allow development of ideas, and knowledge sharing on the development, dissemination and adoption of Root and Tuber technologies generated under WAAPP.


Submission procedure

The conference language is English and French (simultaneous translation). Please ensure abstracts submitted meet international standards (content and language). Abstracts containing 250‐350 words must be submitted using the online form at by March 30, 2016. Acceptance of abstracts will be sent by April 10, 2016. Contributors must confirm their participation by April 20, 2016.  A panel of referees will decide if an abstract will be accepted, and if yes, as a poster or as an oral presentation. A programme committee will allocate the accepted contributions to interdisciplinary sessions. Poster contributions will be grouped into thematic clusters and addressed in guided poster sessions. Authors of accepted abstracts are encouraged to submit a full paper version of their contribution by April 25, 2016, for publication.  Conference proceedings will be published as a special edition in Food and Agriculture Science Journal of Ghana.

For more information, please download the call for abstracts and visit the website:



10 March 2016