Call for Poster Abstracts for the Carter Conference at the University of Florida, April 15-17, 2020

Deadline: January 31st, 2020 12:00 AM EST

2019-2020 Carter Conference on

Shifting Momentum in African Agriculture through Research and Technologies:

SMART Agriculture | SMART Growth | SMART Kids

Improving resiliency, livelihoods, and nutrition

Hosted by the 

Center for African Studies &

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems

at the University of Florida, Gainesville 

from April 15 to 17, 2020

POSTER Abstracts – Submission Guidelines

  • All poster abstracts must be submitted via the Piestar Proposal system by January 31, 2020 (11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time). Please include all requested information. If you have technical difficulties, click on “Help” within Piestar. Proposals received through email or any other form will not be considered or accepted.
  • Notifications on poster selection will be sent on February 28, 2020. 
  • The organizing committee will consider the relevance of the abstract to the theme of the conference as well as the originality and clarity of the work. The proposal should indicate to which of the four subthemes the poster will pertain to: 

Integrated Agricultural Systems

Technologies, Innovations, and Behavioral Change

Markets and Policies 

Education and Youth Involvement

Resilience of communities and households, in particular farming households, relates to their ability to bounce back after a stress event, whether the stress is related to weather, civil unrest, political change etc. Given the complexity of the problem, there is a need for an integrated systems approach that explores aspects at the farm level but also at meso (market/ community) level, reinforcing the capacities of different parts of the agricultural (livestock) system and value chains to allow for sustainable agricultural-led economic growth and improved nutrition.

Adoption of new practices and technologies developed by researchers often remains low due to a variety of reasons including lack of awareness and understanding of underlying social and cultural factors. There is need for sharing approaches that have worked and asking the questions of what additional research is needed to improve adoption.

Improving access to agricultural (livestock) markets particularly for women can significantly increase household resilience and improve household nutritional status as income earned by women is used primarily for family needs such as food, health services and education. In relation to this, national and regional policies supportive of the livestock sector including commercialization of livestock and ASF are critical for resilient systems. Economic analysis of various initiatives targeting improving resilience will allow for the development of various scenarios of how livestock systems may perform under different parameters. Scenarios from the Sahel region and some Eastern African countries are being elaborated and will be able to inform decisions in these as well as other countries.

More than half of global population growth between now and 2050 is expected to occur in Africa. Youth education and their involvement in all parts of agricultural (and livestock) systems will be key to sustainable agricultural-led economic growth that will be able to withstand shocks. This means more development of specialists on agriculture and or livestock related fields but also areas such as entrepreneurship to allow scaling of technologies and approaches.

  • The posters should be based on peer reviewed research or practical approaches used successfully in the field. If the latter, then the poster should indicate suggestions for a research design that could prove the efficacy or scalability of the approach. 
  • The abstract itself should be a maximum of 400 words. Begin the count at the first word of the abstract itself and end the count with the last word of the conclusion. The word count does not include the abstract title, author names, contact information, affiliations, or key words. The system will automatically reject abstracts that are too long. The submission system will not identify special characters, such as Greek letters, and we encourage not to use them in the main text. 
  • Authors will be notified whether their poster has been accepted for presentation by February 28, 2020.
  • Instructions regarding poster size and display will be shared in March 2020.
  • A representative should be in attendance to present the poster at the conference.
  • Accepted abstracts will be included in a poster session program and the electronic version of the poster will be posted online after the event.