World Congress on Root & Tuber Crops - WCRTC

Third Scientific Conference of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century & 17th Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops

Welcome to the First World Congress on Root and Tuber Crops – WCRTC – resulting from the merger of the 3rd Scientific Conference of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) & the 17th Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC)

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The congress represents a unique opportunity for exchanging expert and scientific advice on RTCs - in particular for the global South and will facilitate the discourse amongst key root and tuber crops stakeholders like farmers, end-users, researchers, the private sector and donor agencies.

It aims at raising awareness of the importance of the RTCs in the world, reviewing recent scientific progress, identifying and setting priorities for new opportunities and challenges as well as charting a course to seek R&D support for areas where it is currently inadequate or lacking.

Due to its structure and content, the congress will facilitate the process of bringing together the scientific world and the private sector.

The Congress has reached its maximum capacity of 750 people and consequently Registration has been now closed. In case of emergency of very special cases, please contact: c.fauquet@cgiar.org

WCRTC Participants

WCRTC is primarily for scientists working on cassava, sweet-potato, yam, potato, taro and other aroids in tropical countries around the world. But it is also a congress for developers, donors and for the private sector, to better use root and tuber crops for their business. It is of crucial importance that these two worlds come together to better understand each other to better design future crops for optimized products!

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Root Crops Around the World

Root and tuber crops (RTCs), including cassava, sweet potato, yams, potato, cocoyams and other root crops are important to the agriculture and food security of more than 100 countries and overall are a component of the diet for 2.2 billion people as well as contributing to animals feeds and industry. The annual world production of root and tuber crops is about 765 million tones (MT) consisting of potatoes (333mt), cassava (237mt), sweet potatoes (130mt), yams (53mt), and taro and other aroids (12mt). The global consumption of tropical root and tuber crops is about 365kg/capita/year.

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Electronic Proceedings currently being developed

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WCRTC postponed to January 2016

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First Evening Workshops and Satellite Meetings have been confirmed!

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