Monday 28st Nov 2022
14:00-19:00 Registration
Tuesday 29th Nov 2022
09:00-19:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:45

Opening session

  • Welcoming words – quick reflections on IDVII – Vincent Vadez – 5’
  • ISRA representative – 5’
  • CIRAD Representative (Ibra Touré) – 5’
  • IRD Representative (Emma Roche-Newall) – 5’
  • CERAAS representative (Aliou Faye) – 5’
  • Vincent Vadez – Delphine Luquet – An overview of IDVII – 15’
09:45 – 10:30 Session 1 : Combating drought : a multi-dimensional challenge

Keynote – Mariana Rufino, Lancaster University, UK The long-term impact of drought on crop-livestock smallholder systems

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45 Session 1 : Combating drought : a multi-dimensional challenge

Keynote – Harold Roy-Macauley, AfricaRice, Ivory Coast – Accelerating genetic gains in farmer’s field in a climate crisis

11:45 – 12:30 Session 1 : Combating drought : a multi-dimensional challenge

Keynote – Christian Leduc, UMR G-Eau, IRD, France – Water resources, a facet of droughts

12.30-14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30

Session 2: Maximizing water access / availability to plant

Keynote – Xavier Draye, University of Louvain, Belgium – Space-time consideration on hydraulic architecture and anatomy – new routes for smart soil water management ?


Session 2: Maximizing water access / availability to plant

Invited talks (10’ + 5’ questions)

14:30 – 14:45 Tina Köhler, University of Bayreuth, Germany – Transpiration response to increasing VPD and decreasing soil moisture: underlying mechanisms and related plant traits
14:45 – 15:00 Amir Hajjarpoor, UMR DIADE, IRD, France – Envirotyping in a Sahelian climate reveals associated yield and biomass penalty to different drought patterns
15:00 – 15:15 Amelia Henry, IRRI, The Philippines – Dry direct-seeding necessitates a shift in rice root trait strategy for water uptake under drought
15:15 – 15:30 Awa Faye, ISRA-CERAAS, Thies, Senegal – Roots traits for improved pearl millet nutrition and performance under low input agroecosystems
15:30 – 15:45 Thuy Huu Nguyen, University of Bonn, Germany – Responses of field-grown maize to different soil types, water regimes, and contrasting vapor pressure deficit
15:45 – 16:00 Richard Pauwels, IGZ, Germany – Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi alleviate maize drought stress during soil desiccation by modifying their habitat
16:00 – 16:30 Tea/Coffee break
16:30-17:00 Short Poster presentation (1’ quick poster teaser) selected abstracts (click here or see below for passing order)
17:00-19:00 Poster session (session 2-3) + cocktail
Wednesday 30th  Nov 2022
09:00 – 09:30 Session 3 : Increasing water use efficiency with a crop focus

Keynote – Jeffrey Haben, Corteva, De Moines, Iowa, USA – The mechanistic aspects of a novel maize yield trait

09:30 Session 3 : Increasing water use efficiency with a crop focus

Invited talks (10’ + 5’ questions)

09:30 – 09:45 Menashem Moshelion, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel – Diurnal stomatal apertures and density ratios affect whole-canopy stomatal conductance, drought response, water-use efficiency and yield
09:45 – 10:00 Jana Kholova , ICRISAT, India Phenomics for Climate Smart Crop: Journey from phenotyping to phenomics – Technology-assisted breeding and delivery of climate smart, nutrient-dense crops with high market potential​
10:00 – 10:15 Jacques Faye, ISRA-CERAAS, Thies, Senegal – Integrative genomics reveals undescribed putative pleiotropic natural genetic variation and a broad role of Stay-green loci in drought adaptation of sorghum
10:15 – 10:30 Karin Köhl, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany – Omics and phenotyping-based selection for drought tolerance in potato
10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee break
11:00 – 11:30 Session 3 : Increasing water use efficiency with a crop focus

Keynote – Karine Chenu, University of Queensland, AustraliaIncreasing the efficiency of crop water use

11:30 Session 3 : Increasing water use efficiency with a crop focus

Invited talks (10’ + 5’ questions)

11:30 – 11:45 Anna Langstroff, University of Giessen, Germany – Genotypic variation for transpiration response to elevated vapour pressure deficit in European winter wheat
11:45 – 12:00 Felix Fritschi, University of Missouri, USA – Identification of chromosomal regions associated with photosynthesis and water use efficiency related traits in soybean
12:00 – 12:15 Raphael Pilloni, IRD, France – Water use efficiency is highest in sorghum genotypes with high transpiration under high evaporative demand: a role for light penetration in the canopy?
12:15 – 12:30 Francois Tardieu, UMR LEPSE, INRAE, France – Improving yield for dry conditions : making use of alleles for adaptive traits
12.30-14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30 Session 4 : Increasing the efficiency of water use with a farm system focus

Keynote – Laura Echarte, Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria, Argentina – Influence of management practices on crops water use and water use efficiency

 14:30 Session 4 : Increasing the efficiency of water use with a farm system focus

Invited talks (10’ + 5’ questions)

14:30 – 14:45 Eugene Setsoafia, University of Wageningen, The Netherlands – Enhancing On-Farm Productivity in Northern Ghana: Challenges, realities, and limits of mulching and organic manure application
14:45 – 15:00 Aliou Faye, ISRA-CERAAS, Thies, Senegal – Improving soil water conservation and appropriate agronomic practices for better system resilience in semi-arid conditions of Sahel
15:00 – 15:15 Gustavo Slafer, ICREA, University of Lleida, Spain – Is barley really better adapted to severe stress conditions than wheat? Rigorously testing a common belief
15:15 – 15:30 Uwe Grewer, University of Queensland, Australia – Potentials and limits of early-maturing varieties to reduce climate-risks of smallholder intensification pathways for maize in Ghana. A study of GxExM interactions
15:30 – 15:45 Shalabh Dixit, IRRI, The Philippines – Growing rice without paddies: Traits, genetics and breeding
15:45 – 16:00 Charlie Messina, University of Florida, USA – Two decades of creating drought tolerant maize and underpinning prediction technologies in the US corn-belt
 16:00 – 16:30 Tea/Coffee break
 16:30-17:00 Short Poster presentation (1’ quick poster teaser) for selected abstracts (click here or see below for passing order)
 17:00-19:00 Poster session (session 4-5) + cocktail
Thursday 1st Dec 2022
09:00 – 09:30 Session 5 : Guiding decisions from multiscale data integration and decision support systems to reduce risks

Keynote – Heidi Webber,  Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Germany –Modelling drought and weather risk to cropping systems

 09:30 Session 5 : Guiding decisions from multiscale data integration and decision support systems to reduce risks

Invited talks (10’ + 5’ questions)

09:30 – 09:45 Emmanuel Jacob, ICRISAT, Senegal – University of Goettingen, Germany – Evaluation of the usefulness of gridded precipitation products in climate risk assessment and management in Agriculture. A case study of Senegal
09:45 – 10:00 Owen Powell, QAAFI, Australia – Predicting GxExM interactions in breeding: CGM-WGP from maize to sorghum
10:00 – 10:15 Genevieve Durrington, University of Queensland, Australia – CropGen: A novel tool for optimising sorghum crop design for drought adaptation
10:15 – 10:30 Erik van Oosterom, University of Queensland, Australia – Integrating the confounding effects of drought, radiation, and temperature stress on grain yield in sorghum
 10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee break
11:00 – 11:30 Session 5 : Guiding decisions from multiscale data integration and decision support systems to reduce risks

Keynote – Daniel Osgood, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, USA – What is the « grammar » necessary to translate Models and Satellite Information to people’s needs ?

11:30 Session 5 : Guiding decisions from multiscale data integration and decision support systems to reduce risks

Invited talks (10’ + 5’ questions)

11:30 – 11:45 Achraf Mamassi, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco – An assessment of empirical models’ structure, predictor variables, and performances for wheat yield prediction at field level in Moroccan rainfed areas.
11:45 – 12:00 Jan Pavlik, Czech Republic of Life Science, Czech Republic – Models-guided cropping-system improvement: insights from the Accelerated Crop Improvement Program at ICRISAT – Digital agri-systems for effective system analysis and design
12:00 – 12:15 Daniela Bustos-Korts, Wageningen University, The Netherlands – Modelling genotype responses at a regional level to reduce the uncertainty of crop adaptation under GxExM interactions caused by drought
12:15 – 12:30 Francois Affholder, UMR AIDA, CIRAD, France – Designing policies supporting both ecological intensification and risk reduction: a case study using farm simulation models in Senegal
 12.30-14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:10 Session 6 : Innovating to find solution to drought at scale for small holder farmers – Where we want to be 4 years from now

Summary remarks: Vincent Vadez – Delphine Luquet

14:10 – 15:30 Session 6 : Innovating to find solution to drought at scale for small holder farmers – Where we want to be 4 years from now

Finding solution at scale – Panel discussion with the audience :

  • Pierre Sibiry-Traore, ICRISAT – Manobi, Senegal
  • Francois Affholder, CIRAD, France
  • Claude Welcker, INRAE, France
  • Daniel Fonceka, CIRAD, Senegal-France
  • Vincent Bado, INERA, Burkina Faso (to confirm)
15:30 – 16:00 Closing ceremony
17:30 – 20:00 Appetizer on the loan of the King Fahd Hotel facing the sea side
20:00 onward Gala dinner
Friday 2nd Dec 2022
07:00:17:00 Field trip
07:00-09:00 Travel Dakar-Bambey by bus (on highway)
09:00-12:00 Visit of Bambey field station
12:00-13:00 Travel to Thies
13:00-14:30 Lunch at CERAAS
14:30-16:00 CERAAS visit
16:00-18:00 Return to Dakar
Flights usually depart in the evening – Participants leaving in the afternoon can possibly be dropped off at the airport from Thies on the way back to Dakar


Passing order for poster sessions :

Tuesday November 29th

Id Name Surname Title
7126 Marcel Nahim Diouf Role of root architecture, root hairs and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on rhizosheath formation in pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.).
7030 Adrien Heymans Influence of local root anatomies on plant scale water dynamics. A modelling approach
6947 Mame Sokhatil Ndoye Identification of root phenotypes improving drought tolerance in millet using the OpenSimRoot model
7120 Kojo Kwakye Ofori Amanfo The effect of elevated CO2ON photosynthesis is modulated by nitrogen supply and reduced water availability in Picea abies.
7068 Anna Sauer Coupled effects of soil and atmospheric drying on soil-plant hydraulics of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench)
7097 Stjepan Vukasovic Use of 15N-Tracers to dissect the effect of enhanced root dry mass on Nitrogen Use Efficiency under contrasting Drought Scenarios in Wheat.
7057 Muluken Alemu Alemu Genome-Wide Association Study Identified Novel Loci Associated with Drought Resistance in Tef
7155 Laura Grégoire Assessment of genetic diversity of transpiration efficiency in a panel of pearl millet
7037 Adama Ndiaye Methyl Jasmonate application alleviates drought stress in pearl millet
7083 Ouindyam Colette Ouedraogo QTLs mapping for drought relevant traits and grain yield in Sorghum with SNPs markers
7151 Ashutosh Purohit Step-wise selection for early canopy traits followed by stress tolerance indices as an approach for improving drought tolerance in groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.)
6592 Salma Rouichi Limited-transpiration trait to high VPD was eliminated in lentil cultivar development
7059 Roy Sadeh High-throughput spectral phenotyping to detect genomic regions contributing to wheat adaptation to changing climate
7070 Olakunle Sansa Genetic variation in photosynthetic performance of cowpea genotypes under drought stress conditions
6955 Zeleke Wondimu Genome-Wide Association Study Reveals Genomic Loci Influencing Agronomic Traits in Ethiopian Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] Landraces
7157 Muhammad Ahmad Yahaya Drought tolerance and Genotype-by-environment interaction of African sorghum genotypes for grain yield under non-stress and drought stress conditions



Wednesday November 30th

Id Name Surname Title
7071 Djidjoho Thierry Hodehou Genomics-assisted breeding of adaptive traits for grain yield improvement in the ISRA sorghum breeding program
7096 Hodo-Abalo


Does pod and seed size could be improved by pyramiding wild QTLs alleles in cultivated peanut?
7047 Joseph GOMIS Adapting early-maturing peanut variety to the South of the Senegalese peanut basin: Contribution of wild related species
7122 Vincent Bado Crop productivity and food security are more often limited by soil fertility than drought in low input, semi-arid farming systems
7039 Augustine Obour Adaptability of Dual-Purpose Cowpea for Grain and Fodder Production in Semi-arid Regions of West Africa
7103 SOUKEYE CONDE Development and characterization of a unique genetic resource for allele mining and peanut improvement in Africa .
7043 Akossan Bernadin DOSSOU Characterization of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae strains and search for local resistance sources against bacterial leaf blight in Senegal
6520 Inoussa Drabo Adapting sowing periods of two millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.) varieties and rainfall distribution in the Sudanian zone of Côte d’Ivoire
7065 Vincent Garin Sorghum back-cross nested association mapping populations and multiparental multi-environment statistical methodology to support breeding in West-Africa
7221 Alexandre Heinemann Enviromic prediction is useful to define climate adaptation for common bean in Brazil
7074 Duncan Martin Interaction of Elevated Ozone Stress and Reduced Rainfall on Soybean Photosynthetic Capacity and Yield
6975 Diarietou Sambakhe Analysis of the genotype-environment-management interactions to understand yield differences of new groundnut varieties in farmers’ environments
7052 Mohamed Lamine Tékété Combining crop growth modeling and genetic analysis to improve sorghum breeding strategies in the Sudano-Sahelian zone
7098 Paul West Assessing agricultural land degradation in sub-Saharan Africa using multiple indicators