The International Steering Committee and the Local Organizing Committee thank all the participants of the 7th International Food Legume Research Conference (IFLRC-VII) for making it a huge success. In all, 320 participants from 42 countries took part actively in this mega event. The generous support of the sponsors is highly appreciated.
We invite you to the 8th International Food Legume Research Conference (IFLRC-VIII) which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya during 2022.
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IFLRC-VII in Morocco

The 7th International Food Legume Research Conference (IFLRC-VII) was hosted by ICARDA and INRA Morocco and held during 6-8 May 2018 at Palais des Congrès, Marrakech, Morocco.

Food legumes are smart crops and play a decisive role in sustainable agriculture by promoting biodiversity, biological nitrogen fixation and adding much needed organic matter to the soil. They contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation and provide high quality food, feed, and raw materials for industries. Food legumes are highly nutritious and provide a variety of health benefits to human beings. They are economically accessible and contribute to food security at all levels. The IFLRC was started in 1986 to disseminate current knowledge and achievements of research and development (R&D) in food legumes and identify research needs, new scientific approaches and partnerships. Six IFLRCs were successfully organized before which helped in promoting international collaborations on basic, applied and strategic research on these smart crops.

IFLRC-I          1986    Spokane, Washington, USA
IFLRC-II        1992    Cairo, Egypt
IFLRC-III       1997    Adelaide, Australia
IFLRC-IV       2005    New Delhi, India
IFLRC-V        2010    Antalya, Turkey
IFLRC-VI       2014    Saskatoon, Canada

Remarkable progress has been made in R&D of food legumes since the last IFLRC held in 2014, particularly in the UN International Year of Pulses – 2016. The IFLRC-VII provided platform for knowledge sharing on these developments and preparing strategies and partnerships to tackle future challenges in R&D of food legumes.


Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

  • Michael Baum (Chair, LOC), ICARDA, Rabat, Morocco
  • Rachid Dahan (Co-Chair, LOC), INRA, Rabat, Morocco
  • Shiv Kumar Agrawal (Organizing Secretary), ICARDA, Rabat, Morocco
  • Mohamed El Mourid, ICARDA, Rabat, Morocco
  • Khalid Daoui, INRA, Meknès, Morocco
  • Ahmed Amri, ICARDA, Rabat, Morocco
  • Seid Ahmed Kamal, ICARDA, Rabat, Morocco
  • Moez Ahmed Amri, ICARDA, Rabat, Morocco
  • Si Mohamad El-Bawi, ICARDA, Rabat, Morocco
  • Nezha Mouchfi, INRA, Rabat, Morocco
  • Oumekaltoum Essahli, ICARDA, Rabat, Morocco
  • Meriem Nasser, ICARDA, Rabat, Morocco
  • Sobhan Sajja, ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India

International Steering Committee (ISC)

  • Pooran M Gaur (Chair, ISC), ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India
  • Thomas (Tom) Warkentin (Chair, Program Committee), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Shiv Kumar Agrawal, ICARADA, Rabat, Morocco
  • Stephen (Steve) Beebe, CIAT, Cali, Colombia
  • Gondwe Therese, IITA, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Ramakrishnan M Nair, World Vegetable Center South Asia, Hyderabad, India
  • Caterina Batello, FAO, Rome, Italy
  • Narendra Pratap Singh, IIPR, Kanpur, India
  • Brent N. Kaiser, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • Anna Arnoldi, UniversitàdegliStudi di Milano, Milano, Italy
  • Maria Carlota VazPatto, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Oeiras, Portugal
  • Khalid Daoui, INRA, Meknès, Morocco
  • Jorge Acosta-Gallegos, INIFAP, Chapingo, Mexico
  • Felix DapareDakora, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria 0001, South Africa