Innovation Africa Symposium – November 20-23, Kampala, Uganda

Call for papers from research and development actors.
This November, in Kampala, internationally recognized experts on innovation systems will share their latest thinking with agricultural researchers and development partners. The Innovation Africa Symposium is now calling for papers and exhibit contributions. The closing date for receipt of abstracts for the Innovation Africa Symposium has been extended from 15 August 2006 to 1 September 2006.

Contributions are invited in two forms:

  1. Symposium papers that draw on diverse fields and disciplines of the social, agricultural and natural resource sciences, and present good practice in studying and enhancing the process of innovation for effective agricultural research, development and education.
  2. Marketplace exhibits that can be in the form of posters, videos, slides, photographs, websites, maps, group interactions (e.g. participatory theatre) and other lively ways of showing how work on innovation systems is being conducted in Africa and elsewhere. The marketplace will feature the creativity and experience of farmers, farmer organisations and other local entrepreneurs and institutions.

Abstracts for papers and proposals for marketplace exhibits should be submitted by 1 September 2006 to the Innovation Africa Symposium Secretariat ( with copies to and

More details about guidelines for abstracts, deadlines for papers, symposium costs and registration can be found in the Symposium Brochure and the Call for Contributions on the Symposium website: and are also available below.

Symposium Brochure (PDF file; 340 KB)
Call for Contributions (PDF file; 62 KB)

This symposium is organized by five organizations: the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, Colombia), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI, the division of International Service for National Agricultural Research, Ethiopia), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, Africa), the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR, Kenya), and the NGO PROLINNOVA (PROmoting Local INNOVAtion, Netherlands).