Root and tuber society strategize on how to fight hunger and poverty in Africa
The International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC) held the 14th edition of its symposium on 20-24 September. Zambia was the host country. The virtual symposium assembled professionals of root and tuber crops to reflect on the progress made over the years in advancing root and tuber crops, despite challenges faced and plan on jointly fighting hunger and poverty. IITA Digital Extension & Advisory Services Specialist Godwin Atser and Mark Muchinga anchored the event.
Richardson Okechukwu, ISTRC-AB President and Cassava Commodity Specialist at IITA, gave the welcome address. He recognized the presence of representatives from the various institutes, students, researchers, and farmers working on root and tuber crops. Okechukwu stated that the theme “Exploring climate-smart nutritious and healthy root and tuber crops for African business solutions” was chosen because of the challenges of climate change and changes in pest and disease dynamics. Hence, the need to present and discuss new ideas to proffer solutions to these challenges and plan for the future.