University of Namibia International Conference on Agriculture and Natural Resources – (ICANR 2018)
International Conference in Agriculture and Natural Resources (ICANR) was developed in 2017 by the University of Namibia, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, as a yearly event. It was established as a platform for discussing strategies for improving food and feed security, conservation of natural resources including land, so as to reduce poverty among subsistence communities in Africa and increase food production which will lead to improved national food security in Namibia.
In Namibia, population pressure and climate change, as manifested in alternating floods and droughts, have caused resource degradation, food insecurity and poverty, consequently weakening local and national economies. The University of Namibia through its various Campuses is mandated to train students, conduct research and perform community services. The conference is aimed to fulfil these important national duties by formulating interventions that would promote household and community resilience, so as to build relationships with international organizations, government, non-governmental organisations and agencies for further improvements in teaching and research.
Call for Abstracts
The Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) at the University of Namibia, wish to invite staff and students at tertiary institutions, members of the public and members of government and non-government organisations to submit abstracts for possible presentations (oral or poster) of your research outputs at the International Conference on Agriculture and Natural Resources (ICANR) 2018, under the general theme: Sustainable Agriculture for Food and Feed Security.
ICANR will be hosted by the University of Namibia at the Neudamm Campus during 15 – 16 October 2018. Your abstracts should clearly state under which sub-theme you wish to present, as indicated below:
1) Animal health, welfare, food and feed safety
2) Alternative animal feed and food production
3) Sustainable fish, seafood, livestock, poultry and crop production
4) Sustainable wildlife management including human-wildlife conflict
5) Impact of agriculture sector on the environment, natural resource endowment and economy
6) Agricultural biodiversity, communication and group dynamics
Abstract submission Guidelines:
Abstracts Title must be in Bold, in Arial font style, font size 14 & written in sentence case;
Indicate all authors’ names and their affiliations (use number superscripts to denote each author’s affiliation), the presenter’s name must be underlined;
Abstracts should contain a maximum of 350 words, in Arial font style and font size 11;
Presenting author may submit a maximum of two (2) abstracts for consideration;
Abstracts should be submitted in Microsoft Word document, and
Only Abstracts written in English will be accepted.
Please visit: www.unam.edu.na/conferences/icanr-2018 for submission of your abstract, registration form, conference fees and more information about ICANR. Attendees not presenting will also be required to register online.
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 19 August 2018, at 23h59 CAT
Notification of acceptance or rejection of submitted Abstracts: 03 September 2018
Neudamm Campus, University of Namibia
15h – 16h October 2018
Other important dates
Acceptance of applications starting from: As soon as possible
Deadline for the Submission of Abstract: 19 August 2018
Notification of Abstract acceptance: 3 Sepetember 2018
Please ask at the Embassy/High Commission of Namibia in your country for Visa requirements. Most SADC countries do not require VISAs to visit Namibia.
Participants from the countries here in are exempted from Visa applications.
The conference will be held at the University of Namibia-Neudamm Campus, which is located in Khomas Region, Central Namibia. Neudamm Campus and Farm is about 30 kilometers East of Windhoek on the B6 road to Hosea Kutako International Airport. The Neudamm Campus is situated on the University’s farm, measuring about 10187 hectares. It has a population of about 214 students and offers 4 academic programs namely: B.Sc Animal Science (Honours), B.Sc Veterinary Medicine, B.Sc Agriculture Economics and B.Sc Food Science and Technology. Neudamm farm is known for its production of top genetic breeding material of stud animals (Cattle, goats and sheep). Neudamm farming is sub divided into four sections: large stock, small stock, intensive and agronomy sections. The large stock section includes farming with Sanga, Afrikaner and Simmentaler cattle breeds which are all registered as stud animals. The small stock section manages breeds such as the Boer goat, Kalahari red, Swakara, Dorper and Damara sheep, which are all registered as stud animals. The farm also has the Arabierx-Boer horse breed. The intensive section includes the dairy, piggery and poultry units. The agronomy section focuses on production of vegetables (green peppers, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, onions etc). These facilities are used for general training of students, as well as for scientific research.
Important information before you travel to Namibia
1.Travel and Health Insurance is mandatory–please ensure that you carry with your proof from a reliable insurer from your country. The University of Namibia will not be held liable for medical or travel related costs, while in Namibia.
2.Ensure that your passport is valid for not less than 6 months by the date of your entry in Namibia
3. Participants from North, Central and West Africa, and Central and South America, must ensure that they have received vaccination against yellow fever and must have proof thereof if transiting via South Africa.
4. Applicants from countries that are not exempted from Visa requirements, please ensure that you apply for entry Visa/Business Visas via the nearest Namibian embassy or consular offices. Please request for an invitation letter to attend the Conference from the contact email listed on this conference webpage, to help you with this process.
There is no risk of yellow fever in Namibia. The government of Namibia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.
Namibia has a total land mass of 511,567 square miles/ 823,290 square kilometers.
The country gets its name from the Namib Desert – one of the world’s oldest deserts.
Namibia is the second least densely populated country in the world.
It became independent in 1990.
Despite its low population, Namibia is still home to 13 different ethnic groups – including the Himba, a nomadic and traditional people whose ways have changed little over the years due to their seclusion from outside influences. Namibia is the first country in the world to incorporate environmental protection into its Constitution.
Namibia is one of only two countries in the world that has desert elephants! Namibia is home to the world’s largest population of free roaming black rhinos.
Namibia’s currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAD), and this has been interchangeable with South Africa’s Rand for many years.
Note that South African Rand notes can be used in Namibia at face value; whereas in South Africa Namibian Dollar notes are worth fractionally less than Rand notes.
English is the official language, but German, Afrikaans, Oshiwambo and many tribal languages (including RuKwangali, Otjiherero, Silozi, Nama and Setswana) are also spoken.
About half of all Namibians speak Oshiwambo as a first language; most of the white population speak German or Afrikaans as a first language.
Etosha National Park is home to four of the Big Five, specifically elephant, rhino, lion and leopard.
The park’s many waterholes are considered some of the best places in the world to spot the endangered black rhino, as well as other rare African animals like the cheetah and the black-faced impala.