This year’s theme: ‘Recognition and Restoration of the Place and Values of African Yam Bean among Sub-Sahara Leguminous Resources’ aptly captures the needful biases for attempts at localised answers and hopefully we will collectively avoid the mistakes of the past of being lost in a global crowd, losing not only our identity, but neglecting endemic biodiversity resources as well.
As the forum delves into its various aspects, our hope is that we will project these biases, harvest the multitude of perceptions regardless of the sources and share the aggregate of opinions that emerges from the discussions. These will help us evolve real-time and practical solutions that will ensure that scientific, government, and community attentions are drawn to these neglected plants and thus ensure we collectively harness the invaluable benefits they hold through sustainable processes.
Therefore, prepare yourself to be challenged, excited and inspired. Above all, be ready to contribute, humble enough to receive others’ perspectives and dare to take emerging outcomes with you and not leave it behind on your conference desk.
We at the Biotechnology Centre, Covenant University like to graciously thank the University management for the unbroken support we have always received. We also like to appreciate the efforts of our co-host; the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture – IITA, through her Genetic Resources Centre and the Society for Underutilized Legumes for the privilege to host.
Thank you and Welcome.
Prof. Conrad A. Omonhinmin, LOC Chair – Ogun 2018.