XIV Meeting of the Southern and Eastern Africa Cotton Forum (SEACF) 
Harare, Zimbabwe, 4 – 6 July 2018
GLOBAL BEST PRACTICES FOR COTTON YIELD ENHANCEMENT IN AFRICA

INAUGURAL SESSION
Dr Dumisani Kutywayo: Local Organizing Committee
Mr. Adalberto Banze: SEACF Chairperson
Mr. Kai Hughes: ICAC Executive Director
Permanent Secretary: Opening:
Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Zimbabwe 

Presentations

SESSION1: POLICY PERSPECTIVES
Mrs. Nancy ZitsanzaCotton Sector Governance in Zimbabwe: Policy, Regulation, and National Strategies
Mr. Michael Jenrich: One Variety, One Zone, One Gin Concept
Mr. Fungai SimbiPublic & Private Sector Interventions to Improve Cotton Productivity in Southern & Eastern African Region
Mr. Jeremiah TeveraUnpacking the Cotton Grower’s Roles, Challenges and Expectations in the Cotton Production Sub-sector.

SESSION 2: TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
Dr. Usha JoshuaFLD in Cotton - Transfer of Technology Practice Advocated for Africa from the Experiences of India
Mr. Nkosilathi NkomoDevelopment of Value Added Products from Cotton Stalk by product.
Dr Richard MusebeSmallholder Cotton Production: Integrated Crop & Pest Management Technology Transfer & Capacity Building in Kenya

SESSION 3: PLANT BREEDING
Mr. Manuel MaleiaPlant Breeding: Stability and Adaptability of Cotton Genotypes Under Multienvironmental Conditions in Mozambique
Mr. Maco MareDetermining Adaptability of Medium Staple G. hirsutum Genotypes to the Agro-ecological Conditions of the Lowveld of Zimbabwe.
Mr. Kudzai MandiveyiNew Mahyco cotton hybrids for Zimbabwe and Africa
Dr. Ye WuweiCloning and Expression of Drought & Salt-Tolerant Genes in Cotton

SESSION 4: AGRONOMY
Dr. Blaise DesouzaConservation Agriculture the BMP for Sustainable Cotton Production in Africa: Indian Experience
Dr. Mathilda Van der WesthuizenEvaluation of Cotton Cultivars Under Irrigation in Southern Africa
Dr. Md. Farid UddinCotton Seedling Transplantation for Adaptation to Climate Change in Bangladesh
Ms. Cheidza GwiranenzaraImpact of Conservation Agriculture on Cotton Productivity

SESSION 5: CROP PROTECTION
Mr Fredy MusiniwaMeasuring Tolerance Levels of Pre-released Gossypium hirsutum L. Genotypes to Verticillium dahlia Kleb.
Prof. Yuan YouluGenome Wide QTL Mapping for Resistance to Verticillium Wilt, Fiber Quality and Yield Traits in Cotton Chromosome Segment Substitution Lines

SESSION 6: BEST PRACTICES FOR YIELD ENHANCEMENT IN AFRICA
Dr. Md. Farid Uddin
Dr  Graham Thompson,
Dr Blaise Desouza
Mr Washington Mubvekeri

SESSION 7: GM COTTON PRACTICALS & INTERACTIVE SESSION
Dr. Keshav KranthiSecrets of High Yields
Dr. Keshav KranthiBiotech Cotton -Africa

FINAL STATEMENTS
Mr. Lawrence MalingaSEACF Secretary
Dr. Dumisani Kutywayo: Incoming SEACF Chairperson
Mr Kai Hughes: ICAC Executive Director
Mr. Ringson Chitsiko: Closing:Secretary for Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, and Rural Resettlement, Zimbabwe 


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