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  • E-mail Address secretariat@vowda.org


The VOWDA SYMPOSIUM that was scheduled for the 24th and 25th May has been postponed to a later date that would be communicated to us as soon as possible . The postponement was agreed upon so as to have an impactful conference where even after the conference every participant would still reap numerous benefits

The abstracts submitted are still much valid and would be used, the website is still opened for abstract submission , please you can submit more than one and kindly tell a friend and / or scholars to submit and register on the website.

We regret any form of inconveniences this postponement would cause

Please bear with us.

Voice of Women in the Development of Agriculture(VOWDA) in collaboration with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


Women in Agriculture Symposium 2021 (Virtual)

Monday 24th to Tuesday 25th May, 2021


Theme: Women scientist-farmers’ contribution to global food security and nutrition in the 21st century


Keynote Speaker: Dr. May-Guri Saethre, former DDG for Research of IITA

Special messages:

Dr. Vicki Wilde, Senior Program Officer, Agricultural Development and Women’s Economic Empowerment – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Martin Fregene, Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry, African Development Bank

Dr. Dashiell Kenton, Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery, IITA




  • Access to Assets, Resources and Knowledge: Policies and Services
  • The Role of Women in Food and Nutritional Security
  • Linking Women to Markets and Financial Institutions
  • Evaluating Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture
  • Impact and Responses to Climate Change Related Risks and Uncertainties and Linking Research to Policy
  • Emerging Innovative Technologies for Food Preservation, Pre-harvest, and Post-harvest Practices
  • Assets, Resources and Knowledge: Policies and Services  



Plenary keynote 1- Dr. Malu Muia Ndavi, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – Access to Assets, Resources and Knowledge: Policies and Services

Plenary keynote 2 – Dr. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Former AU Commissioner & IITA Board Member – The Role of Women in Food and Nutritional Security

Plenary keynote 3 – Debo Akande, Oyo State Government – Linking Women to Markets and financial institutions.

Plenary keynote 4 – Prof. Janice Olawoye, University of Ibadan – Evaluating Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture

Plenary keynote 5 – Prof. Adesegun Fatus – Impact and Responses to Climate Change Related Risks and Uncertainties and linking research to policy.

Plenary keynote 6 – Prof. Sarah De Saeger, Director, Centre of Excellence in Mycotoxicology and Public Health, Ghent University – Emerging innovative technologies for food preservation, pre-harvest, and post-harvest practices

Plenary keynote 7 – Clemson Ayegbusi, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria – Assets, Resources and Knowledge: Policies and Services


  • Registration is FREE


Abstract Submission:

March 1- May 19, 2021


Please submit abstracts to: secretariat@vowda.org

Paper/Abstract Submission

All abstract submission (in any field of Science and social sciences relating to the theme) should be made online via this webpage.

The abstract should be written in MS Word with no more than 250 words, 1.5 spacing and submitted in English Language only with maximum of 5 keywords relevant to their abstract. Proceedings of the workshop will be published in the maiden-edition of the peer-reviewed VOWDA journal. Authors must commit to developing their presentation into a manuscript format for review and publication.

We welcome paper submissions within any of these interdisciplinary sub-topics:

  • Food Science
  • Food safety and security
  • Nutrition and health sciences
  • Gender responsive agricultural research
  • Product development
  • Gender issues in Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Climate change, food security & agriculture
  • The burden of malnutrition in a changing environment
  • Human and animal nutrition
  • Climate change & migration


Symposium link and ID will be provided upon registration.





Chairperson, LOC

President, VOWDA, Yemisi Jeff-Agboola, +234 8036674706


Katherine Lopez (Head, Communication Office, IITA)

Ranjana Bhattacharjee (Molecular Breeder, IITA)

Sougrynoma Z. Sore (Head, Capacity Development Office, IITA)


Protocol & Logistics, Kareem, Kehinde Titilope, +234 8024158641


Int’l Programmes Manager, VOWDA, Adegboyega, Taofeek Tope, +234 803 484 0801