GCP21: The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21 Century is known by its well-attended international cassava conferences: Ghent, Belgium 2008 and Kampala, Uganda 2012, and Nanning, China, January, 2016. GCP21 conferences are covering all aspects of cassava R&D from genomics to products and will host group-interest and thematic satellite meetings. GCP21-IV will focus on the current global concerns of cassava biology and utilization, promoting the use of advanced biotechnological technologies to solve key technical problems, to improve the yield, the nutritional quality and its industrial utilization, to help tackle global hunger and poverty. The theme of the fourth International Cassava Conference will be: Cassava Transformation in Africa, and the structure of the whole conference will be organized around the theme.

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is one of its 15 center members of CGIAR, the world’s largest partnership of agricultural research-for-development organizations. CIAT works in collaboration with hundreds of partners to help developing countries make farming more competitive, profitable, and resilient through smarter, more sustainable natural resource management. We help policymakers, scientists, and farmers respond to some of the most pressing challenges of our time, including food insecurity and malnutrition, climate change, and environmental degradation. Our global research contributes to several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and cuts across four key themes: big data, climate-smart agriculture, ecosystem action, and sustainable food systems.

The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture - IITA is an award-winning, research-for-development (R4D) organization, providing solutions to hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources in Africa. Since 1967, IITA has worked with international and national partners to we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity.

IITA is guided by an ambitious strategy–to lift 11.5 million people out of poverty and revitalize 7.5 million hectares of farmland–by 2020. As one of 15 research centers in the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food secure future, IITA is engaged in several CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). IITA has delivered more than 70% of the CGIAR’s impact in sub-Saharan Africa and remains committed to science-driven improvement of agriculture and related food value chains.

To help address poverty and the high number of unemployed young men and women in, IITA has initiated a Youth Agripreneurs program to create jobs by making agriculture and agribusiness appealing to the youth. The program is integrated in the Business Incubation Platform (BIP), the technology delivery arm of IITA, which serves as a model to stimulate product development and to provide opportunities for market expansion.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional organization of 15 West African countries established on 28 May 1975. Its main goal is the promotion of the economic integration among its members. Indeed, ECOWAS is one the five regional pillars of the African Economic Community (AEC). ECOWAS has three official languages: English, French, and Portuguese.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is a regional multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries that are the institution’s Regional Member Countries (RMCs). The AfDB was founded following an agreement signed by member states on August 14, 1963, in Khartoum, Sudan, which became effective on September 10, 1964. The AfDB comprises three entities: the African Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). As the premier development finance institution on the continent, the AfDB’s mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilize resources for the continent’s economic and social development. The AfDB headquarters is officially in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is the apex continental organization responsible for coordinating and advocating for agricultural research-for-development. (AR4D). FARA serves as the technical arm of the African Union Commission on matters concerning agriculture science, technology and innovation.

By 2015, CORAF/WECARD aims at contributing to a sustainable reduction of poverty and food insecurity in West and Central Africa. To do this, it is working to increase the economic growth generated by agriculture and to improve the agricultural research system in the sub-region.

The mission of CORAF/WECARD is to satisfy social demand of the people of the sub-region. Therefore, CORAF/WECARD is concerned with sustainably improving agricultural productivity, competitiveness and markets in West and Central Africa. The objective of CORAF/WECARD is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of small farmers and promote the agribusiness sector. Therefore, it puts agricultural producers and users at the centre of its research. The main functions of CORAF/WECARD include the followings : - Coordination of agricultural research in the 23 countries in West and Central Africa; - Capacity Building for actors and partners; - Management of agricultural knowledge Advocacy for resource mobilization.

The National Institute of Agricultural Research of Benin (INRAB) is the only national institution that is part of agricultural research in Benin. It answers, with the different actors of the agricultural world, to the national and international stakes of the agriculture and the development. INRAB's main mission is to produce technologies for the rural world in harmony with the preservation of natural resources and thus contribute to the advancement of science. INRAB's activities focus on crop, livestock, fisheries, forestry and climate change, studies and policy analysis, training, services and consultations. The different themes studied are: Fertility, fertilization, phytosanitary control, conservation and improvement of phylogenetic resources (seeds), economic and financial profitability and forestry research.

Established in 1970, the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences is an institution of professional training, development, research and development support. Its main missions are: - To provide various initial training courses to provide rural development frameworks for agricultural and para-agricultural education, development and research; - To provide postgraduate training in Agronomic Sciences; - The provision of in-service training for the further development and / or retraining of in-service managers in the fields of agronomic science and technology and related sciences; Design, implement and / or accompany research or agricultural production programs related to rural development policies in Benin and the Sub-Region; - To facilitate or ensure the publication of the results of work carried out by teachers and researchers.

IRD - Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (Research Institute for Development) is a research organization based in France that is working with its partners in the South to address international development issues. Improving health, understanding social changes, and protecting the environment are the main pillars of its work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). IRD work includes interdisciplinary scientific research, capacity building and nurturing innovation in more than fifty countries worldwide.

CIRAD - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement is the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. Most of its research is conducted in partnership. This means taking account of the long-term ecological, economic and social consequences of change in developing communities and countries. CIRAD contributes to development through research and trials, training, dissemination of information, innovation and appraisals. Its expertise spans the life sciences, human sciences and engineering sciences and their application to agriculture and food, natural resource management and society.

The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) is one of a new series of initiatives spearheaded by CGIAR to bring together the research synergies and resources of multiple agricultural research-for-development centers to improve efficiencies and increase impacts. The purpose of RTB is to tap the underutilized potential of root, tuber, and banana crops to improve food security, nutrition, and livelihoods.