Conference on Innovations for Sustainable Production of Neglected and Underutilized Crop Species in MENA Region
The conference will take place on February 5-6, 2024, in Rabat, Morocco, and virtually.
Neglected and Underutilized Crop Species (NUS) are gaining recognition for their potential in combating malnutrition, hunger, and the impacts of climate change. These resilient crops, often referred to as minor or underused, offer significant opportunities for improving agricultural sustainability and dietary diversity. However, challenges such as limited awareness, market access, seed availability, and research support hinder their cultivation.
To address these obstacles, ICARDA, the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), and Mohammed IV Polytechnic University (UM6P) launched AgMIP-MENA, an initiative focused on enhancing the resilience of NUS crops in the MENA region. This effort aligns with global programs like the Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils (VACS) and AIM4Climate, promoting innovation in climate-smart agriculture and driving investments for sustainable food systems.
ICARDA, UM6P, and AgMIP-MENA are organizing a MENA Regional Conference on NUS to further advance these goals. This conference aims to foster collaboration, research, and policy initiatives related to neglected crops.
World-renowned experts in the fields of NUS, digital agronomy, and dryland farming will deliver insightful keynote speeches at the event, which will bring them together with professionals with various backgrounds, including policymakers, scientists, and students from research centers, universities, and national and international organizations, contributing to sustainable transformation in dryland agriculture.
Select Keynote Speakers:
The conference will highlight:
- Digital Tools, Remote Sensing, Simulation Modeling
- Crop Management and Good Practices
- Climate Resilience and Nutritional Security
- Market Demand, Policy, and Consumer Preference
Researchers interested in contributing are encouraged to register by submitting their abstracts by January 30, 2024.
Before submitting, we encourage you to download the guidelines for comprehensive information on conference themes, the abstract submission process, and participation details. Download now to ensure you are thoroughly acquainted with the necessary information.
Exceptional contributions will be recognized with cash prizes, incentivizing high-quality research in neglected and underutilized crops.