The International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC) has announced that its 14th Triennial Symposium will be held at the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, on 20-26 November 2006. The Symposium will be jointly organized by ISTRC with the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute and the Indian Society for Root Crops.
ISTRC's President and NRI's Director of Research, Prof. Andrew Westby, said "We are delighted that India has agreed to host the next Triennial Symposium of the Society. India's record in root crops research is exceptional. These crops make a significant contribution to income generation, sustainable development and household food security in many developing countries. Research and development initiatives play a major role in determining the contribution that these commodities can make to poverty reduction, and hence to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The Symposium provides an important opportunity to bring together international experts to review progress and develop strategies which will ensure that the potential of these crops can be built upon."