Welcome to IFLRC-VII in Morocco!

It is our pleasure to invite you to the seventh International Food Legume Research Conference (IFLRC-VII), which will be 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 have been successfully organized in the past, which helped in promoting international collaborations on basic, applied and strategic research on these smart crops.

  1. 1986    IFLRC I               Spokane, Washington, USA
  2. 1992    IFLRC II             Cairo, Egypt
  3. 1997    IFLRC III           Adelaide, Australia
  4. 2005    IFLRC IV           New Delhi, India
  5. 2010    IFLRC V            Antalya, Turkey
  6. 2014    IFLRC VI           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 will provide a platform for knowledge sharing on these developments and preparing strategies and partnerships to tackle future challenges in R&D of food legumes.