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I’m very much looking forward to meeting many of you at the Joint Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference that opens in Livingstone, Zambia, on 28 February. N2Africa will be strongly represented at the conference with posters and oral presentations. The meeting promises to be a great scientific event as well as a wonderful opportunity to meet other legume fanatics and to discuss their work. We are sad to share the news of the untimely death of a member of the N2Africa community, Mr BYAMUSHANA Cassien, and express our sincere condolences to his family and close colleagues in Rwanda.

I take this opportunity to thank Dr Bashir Jama for his wise counsel and support as he steps down from the N2Africa Advisory Committee (NAC). Bashir is leaving AGRA to join the Islamic Development Bank at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to head their Agriculture and Food Security Division and we wish him every success in this challenging role. Dr Rebbie Harawa will take over as the Head of the Farmers Solutions unit at AGRA in March and we are pleased that she has agreed to replace Bashir on the NAC.

This Podcaster is comprised of articles on two main topics: activities that explore the role of grain legume residues in livestock feeding and articles on activities in Nigeria and particularly in Borno State. As well we have a selection of news items and reports from workshops. Enjoy reading and we look forward to your feedback and of course to reading your articles in the next Podcasters!

Ken Giller