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BUK 2016 2nd International Conference on Drylands Announced

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The Center for Dryland Agriculture (CDA), Bayero University, Kano


2nd International Conference on Drylands, 2016


Agricultural Diversification: A Panacea to Food Insecurity in the Drylands


Notwithstanding the 21st century agricultural development investments in the sub-Saharan Africa, different countries in the sub-region are still food insecure. The level of the food insecurity, arguably, is rising especially with the on-going population expansion, land degradation, changing climate, inconsistent government policies and global financial crises. Agricultural policies and programmes pursued by African countries often with support from international organizations including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are yet to transform agriculture and to increase productivity. Thus, the region continues to be bedeviled with rising food prices, malnutrition, conflicts, unemployment and
abject poverty. Much hope still lie in research, development and adoption of appropriate agricultural technologies as well as the financing and building of capacities of all stakeholders in agriculture. All these need to be achieved by realistic and pragmatic policies and policy implementation framework especially in the drylands of Africa. These were the key focus of the First International Conference on Drylands held in December 2014. At the First International Conference which was organized by the Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA), Bayero University Kano, Nigeria, understanding of the dynamics of climate change and its influence on food security was the key objective. It was evident from the proceedings of the conference that sub-Saharan Africa needs to pursue research and investments in climate-smart agriculture, crops and livestock improvement, improved soil-water management and capacity development for farmers that will result in increased productivity and enhanced livelihoods of its inhabitants. In pursuing the above, agricultural diversification remains a key strategy. In recent decades, policy and programmes by governments in ensuring food security have tended to ignore this vital strategy despite the numerous researches that are being conducted in the sub-region. This is the central focus of the 2nd International Conference.

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The Second International Conference on Drylands is also organized by the CDAto take place in December 2016. It aims at bringing together scientists, farmers, policy makers, experts in NGOs and CBOs as well as other stakeholders to examine how agricultural diversification will support sub-Saharan Africa and other dryland regions of the world to attain sustained food security.


To share and disseminate the knowledge of Science and Technology related to dryland agriculture and related fields with emphasis on climate change and natural resources management, crops and cropping systems, range and livestock management, livelihoods and natural resource economics and mechanization in dryland environments.
To establish a network and collaborations between researchers of the West and Central Africa sub-regions in dryland agriculture.


Agricultural Policies: implementation and development
Agriculture, Livelihood and Sustainable Development
Global Economic Crisis: implication for dryland agriculture
Economic Diversification and Sustainable Dryland Agriculture
Insecurity and Sustainable Dryland Agriculture
Genetic Improvement and Sustainable Agriculture
Crop – Livestock Integration for Sustainable Food Production
Smallholder farms, Cropping systems and Integrated Soil Fertility Management Strategies (ISFM)
Irrigated Agriculture: practices and challenges
Climate Smart Agriculture: farmers and pastoralists adaptation and resilience
Innovative Decision Support Tools in Agriculture
Women and Youths in Agribusiness: issues and challenges
Agricultural insurance and risks management
Date of Conference: 12th to 16th December, 2016

Venue: Center for Dryland Agriculture (CDA), Bayero University, Kano.


Abstracts could be on original research (regular papers, Short Communication, Review Articles, Position Papers and Technical Notes). They should not exceed 250 words using Times New Roman, font size 12 and single line spacing should be submitted via the conference [email protected]

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Each article should be named using the first author’s surname and initials separated by hyphen (-). A cover letter should accompany each manuscript specifying the correspondence author’s full address and phone number(s). Refer all enquires to email above and or call +234 8109953370 or +234 8039272766


SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS – 30th October, 2016


Participants are required to pay in full the sum of N20,000.00 or $100 while undergraduate students are to pay N2500.00 or $15 (fees will cover cost of conference materials, lunch and refreshment).
Authors whose articles after review and presentation at the conference have been accepted will have their articles published in an edited book of proceedings.

                          Bank: Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.
                          Account Name: Centre for Dryland Agriculture
                          Sort code: 058123065
                          Account Number: 0170784527

For enquires on hotel and accommodation please call +2348062720871


For further inquiries, contact any of the following persons:

Professor A.I. Tanko (Chairman, LOC)
Department of Geography
Bayero University, Kano
Professor S.G. Mohammed (Chairman,
Publicity sub-committee)
Centre for Dryland Agriculture
Bayero University, Kano
+ 2348080338042
A.S. Zubairu (Secretary, LOC)
Centre for Dryland Agriculture
Bayero University, Kano
+2348032063098, +2348062720871

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