About the Conference

Theme: African Vegetables: From Plot to Plate

Objectives of the Conference

The main objective of the conference is to bring together a global community of stakeholders (the academia, NGO, donor agencies, and industry) working on issues related to African indigenous vegetable to drive the process of promoting entrepreneurial development in the vegetable sector. The conference will bring together the body of knowledge on African vegetables for collation and archiving. The aim of the 2017 Afri-Veg Conference is to further our understanding of the challenges faced by the various stakeholders in the vegetable value chain and to recommend best practices that will enable us to overcome these challenges. The conference will encourage collaboration and exchange of knowledge and experience among participants. The ultimate goal is to encourage women's participation in vegetable value chain, which will have an impact on economic development, and allow greater diversity in household sustenance dynamics.


  • Agronomy: soil management, pest and diseases management, water management, pathology, breeding and crop improvement, seed production, cropping systems, conservation and diversity
  • Food science and value addition: post-harvest handling, processing, preservation, packaging, food and nutrition, nutraceuticals
  • Food security and policy
  • Economics & marketing: agribusiness, impact assessment
  • Social and culture: gender issues, youth issues, communication and extension
  • Communication, dissemination and scaling up approaches, innovation platform
  • Technology and innovation in vegetable value chain


Expect multidisciplinary sessions during 2017 Afri-Veg Forum bringing together the world's most renowned experts to address the latest innovation, advances, technology, issues and challenges in vegetable value chain.
The program will include:

  • Keynote speakers and expert panelists from the academia, NGO, donor agencies, and industry
  • Plenary sessions on: Agronomy; Food science and Value addition; Economics & Marketing; Communications; Social and cultural is­­sues; Food security and Policy issues; Dissemination and scaling up approaches; Technology and Innovation in vegetable value chain, etc.
  • Peer reviewed published and archived conference proceedings
  • Full paper presentations and poster sessions on current topics affecting African vegetables: from the farm to the plate
  • Discussion sessions for different stakeholders in the value chain
  • Workshop on outcomes of post-harvest handling of indigenous vegetables
  • National workgroup meetings.

Dates and Deadlines

Event Dates
Submission of abstracts 30th August 2017
Early bird registration ends 30th October 2017
Registration ends 15th November 2017
Conference Date 20-22nd November 2017