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Agriculture for Sustainable Development

The TAA is an international professional association of individuals, institutional/ corporate bodies and civil society organisations concerned with the role of agriculture for sustainable development throughout the world. We bring together people and organisations from developed and less developed countries to enable them to contribute to agricultural policy, development, research, education and skills in support of equitable and sustainable agriculture and natural resources management.

The TAA's mission is:

To advance education, research and practice in agriculture* for sustainable development. 

The TAA's objectives are to:

  • Contribute to international policies aimed at reducing poverty and improving livelihoods in rural areas in the tropics, sub-tropics and countries with less developed economies in temperate areas.
  • Encourage local and other initiatives to arrest the degradation of natural resources and improve the productivity of agriculture, rural enterprises and commercial investment in order to enhance family incomes and livelihoods.
  • Support the achievement of the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially 

    Goal 2: "End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture" and Goal 15: "Life on Land".

TAA recognizes the interrelated roles of farmers and other stakeholders living in rural areas, scientists (agriculturists, economists, sociologists, etc.), government, non-governmental organisations, civll society and the private sector in achieving a convergent approach to sustainable rural development. This includes recognition of the importance of the role of women, the effect of climate change, nutrition and food chain aspects, and other social and cultural issues on the rural economy and livelihoods.

'Agriculture' is deemed to include farming (crops and animals), forestry and agro-forestry, fisheries and wider rural development issues, including those in urban and peri-urban areas. Disciplines covered include: aquaculture, biotech, agronomy, soil science, agro-ecology, crop protection, agricultural engineering, economics, rural sociology, nutrition, climate-smart agriculture, marketing and food chains, food systems, training, environmental science, conservation agriculture, agri-tech, animal health & production, research and transfer of technologies and many others.

History of TAA

The Association traces its roots to the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (ICTA), Trinidad. Alumni of the college formed the ICTA Association in the mid-1970s. Subsequently, in 1979, the association was renamed the Tropical Agriculture Association and constituted in the UK. Over the years the TAA membership has broadened to include all those interested in the various aspects of agricultural development worldwide. It has produced a quarterly 'Newsletter' since 1981. Since March 2008 this has evolved into a 4-monthly journal called 'Agriculture for Development'. Click here to read the story of TAA's evolution from the early days to 2015.