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Call for Short, Extended Abstracts and Posters/Exhibitions
20 February 2014

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, a Network of 32 African Universities in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (RUFORUM: see will hold the 4th RUFORUM Biennial Conference, 21 – 25th July 2014. The Biennial aims at providing a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to share findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The 2014 RUFORUM Biennial Conference will purposely link stakeholders in agriculture to new products, processes and trends. Of great significance the conference will expose young researchers to a professional gathering and will provide avenues for strengthening communications and publications while keeping aware of current trends in training, research and outreach on the African continent. The Conference will provide opportunities to seasoned scientists to inspire and guide the younger scientists through discussions and deliberations. It will also be an opportunity to create linkages between the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture.

The Biennial Conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive convening event for a diversity of stakeholders in the agricultural sector. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees at RUFORUM Member Universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and lesson sharing. The 4th RUFORUM Biennial Conference will be held in Maputo, Mozambique at the Hotel VIP Grand, and will be hosted by the University of Eduardo Mondlane on behalf of the Government of Mozambique.

As part of strengthening dissemination of research outputs and lesson sharing RUFORUM invites interested authors (University researchers, researchers and scientists from National Agricultural Research Institutes, Higher Education stakeholders and beneficiaries of RUFORUM supported projects, including postgraduates students and their supervisors) to submit either “Short Abstract” ((not more than 250 words) or “Extended Abstract” maximum of 4 page (please see samples attached, also available at For the “Extended Abstracts”, inclusion of relevant data and/or illustrations such as tables, graphs and pictures is highly encouraged. The deadline for submission is 31st May, 2014. All submissions will be peer reviewed and published as open access resource materials in a serialized RUFORUM Working document series (ISSN: 1993-8462) which will be made available to various stakeholders in both print and electronic formats. The publication is bilingual and authors are free to submit abstracts in either English or French.

The Abstracts should be submitted by email to with a copy to

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