See below a list of up-coming events scheduled by TAA or by our partner organisations:

If members wish to add an event relevant to the TAA, please send the details (in the format given below) to the Webmanager, we will then upload the information.

Event Title Date Time Subject Details Venue Details Contact Details
Conference on Soil Quality for Food Security and Healthy Life
12 December 2017 10.00

The 13th International Conference of the East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies (ESAFS) December 12-15. Good soil quality is required for food security and healthy life of world population. The Conference aims to provide advanced scientific information on the researches in soil quality and capacity for crop production. The conference will provide a better understanding of the attributes of soil quality and the way of improving soil and associated environmental quality for sustainable food security and healthy life of East, Southeast Asia as well as world population. Abstract submission deadline: 13 October 2017. 
Read more (website is currently still being developed).

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand

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Email the organisers for advanced details on how to register, until the website is fully active. .

TAA AGM, Honours Awards & Presentations, Annual Reunion 2017
13 December 2017 17.30 The TAA's Annual General Meeting, award of Honours and presentations by awardees will be followed by our Annual Reunion social evening. We plan to review the initial ideas on the outcome of the recent Questionnaire Survey and progress on the new TAA strategy. Please join us for an informative and enjoyable evening. 
The event will commence at 6.00 pm:
1. AGM, including the Chairman's Review and discussion of the the TAA Strategy Development
2.Presentation by TAAF Awardee, Alice Stedman
3. Awards of TAA Honours 2017
4. Presentation by Dr Ajaz Khan on behalf of Lendwithcare, Development Agriculturalist of the Year 2017.

ANNUAL SOCIAL/ REUNION will be held from 7:30 pm. A hot fork buffet will cost £25 per person. Contributions for the raffle welcome. We hope to have a cash bar.

Royal Over-seas League,Park Place, St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR, United Kingdom (Tube to Green Park, take exit 'Buckingham Palace', walk past Ritz Hotel turning right on Arlington St, at the end of which walk down steps, ROsL entrance on right)..

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There will be a charge to cover room hire and the fork supper (payable on the nightor in advance to the General Secretary, TAA, c/o Montpelier Professional Services, 1 Dashwood Square, Newton Steward, DG8 6EQ. Pease reserve your place in advance with Elizabeth Warham   
Lendwithcare Annual Lender Reception
14 December 2017 18.30

Lendwithcare invites TAA members for the reception from 18.30 – 21.00 (TAAhas regularly supported Lendwithcare). The lender events are a great opportunity to meet other lenders in your area, learn more about how Lendwithcare works in some of the poorest communities around the world and gain a better understanding of how your loans make a difference to the entrepreneurs you support. And, of course, get the chance to meet the Lendwithcare team and ask us any questions.

It has been a few years since the annual reception was held in London, and the lender community is now bigger than ever! So to ensure as many of you as possible can attend, this year Lendwithcare has decided to book a larger venue than normal. This does mean that we will be suggesting attendees make a voluntary donation, which you will be able to do once you have RSVP'd. £15 would enable us to cover the cost of the night.

The theme of the evening will be the Impact of Lendwithcare's work. There will be speakers from the Lendwithcare team, CARE and Lendwithcare's partners.

Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International
25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA, UK

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For more details and to register, click here. You can contact the Lendwithcare team for more information 

TAA South-West meeting, AGM, Lunch and Talks
04 January 2018 10.00

Members and friends are welcome to join the full day event at the Exeter Golf & Country Club on January 4th. The formal AGM, 10.30 - 11.15, will be opened by John Wibberley and will include a review of the year, financial status, election of officers and discussions of the coming year’s events. This will be followed by short presentations: 11.20 Beekeeping & Livelihood Security in Western Kenya, by Ellie Wibberley; 11.40 Customary Laws & Participatory Extension - Key to the Success of Conservation Agriculture (CA) in Timor-Leste, by Chris Baker; 12.00 Evaluation of Gender in CGIAR research: 2011-2016 by Rachel Percy. 12.30 Bar open, informal discussions and lunch. 14.30 The natural and political landscape of Chilean forestry and comparisons withthe UK, by Ben Robinson; 15.00 Conservation Agriculture Experience in Devon, by James Lee. There will be time for discussions. Departure 16.00. Please join us for what is always an enjoyable and interesting annual event.

Exeter Golf & Country Club Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE

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Registration fee of £25 for the event and lunch will be payable on arrival. Bookings via SW Secretary Ray Bartlett:   
Training: Using Participatory Action Research to Improve Development Practice
22 January 2018 09.00

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) announces their five-day course (22-26 Jan 2018) on Participatory Action Research (PAR). This will provide participants with the conceptual and practical tools to design and carry out PAR. They will learn about a range of methods and develop their ideas into a detailed plan that they will be able to put into action on returning to their organisation. Click here for more details.

Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9RE, UK.

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Contact R Douglass for more information, register on the website...

Emerging Imaging Technologies in Agri-Food, Workshop
23 January 2018 09.30

The workshop will feature a range of speakers from the agri-food and imaging sectors, presenting examples of ongoing projects

The agri-food sector faces many challenges, particularly the need to increase production to feed a growing population whilst limiting environmental impacts. The decreasing cost of cameras and sensors as well as a huge increase in computing power means that new imaging technologies are now viable options for the agri-food sector. These emerging imaging technologies will add value across the sector, from optimising inputs using precision agriculture to increasing the efficiency of food manufacturing lines. You can read an verview of the sector here 

The Studio, Cannon Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Register via Eventbrite

Emerging Imaging Technologies in Agri-Food Workshop
23 January 2018 09.30

The agri-food sector faces many challenges, particularly the need to increase production to feed a growing population whilst limiting environmental impacts. The decreasing cost of cameras and sensors, and the huge increase in computing power means that new imaging technologies are now viable options for this sector. Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is organising this workshop to bring together experts from the imaging and agri-food sectors to discuss industry needs, technological gaps and potential opportunities for emerging imaging technologies in agri-food. Read more

The Studio, Cannon Street, Birmingham, UK

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Annual Symposium: Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF)
01 February 2018 09.00 The CCF 2018 annual full-day symposium follows on previous excellent annual symposia. It is a great opportunity to share your innovative work with the CCF community and hear about the exciting projects others are doing. Please get in touch now if you would like to present your work (15 min. each) - we are particularly keen to hear about your creative and collaborative work, as well as learn from your successes and failures.We also seek volunteers to assist with the event. TAA is a Member Organisation of CCF. 
More details to follow.
David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QY, UK

Contact Judith Schleicher  for more information and offers of help. Registration details will follow.

Asia Pacific Sustainable Agriculture & Development Conference
06 February 2018 09:00

ECHOAsia Impact Centre, a TAA member institution, is jointly organising this conference (Feb 6th to 9th), which has the theme of ‘Tackling Food Security Together’. Join fellow agricultural and development professionals for thre dyas of speaking events, seminars and other training sessions related to sustainable agriculture and community development. There will be on-site farm visits and practical hands-on learning opportunities. Topics will include seed saving, natural farming, IPM, under-utilised crops and more …

Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS), 444 Ambuklao Road Baguio City, 2600 Philippines

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Vertical Sustainable Growing Systems: Controlled Environment Agriculture
23 February 2018 11.30

TAA East Anglia has been invited by Jason Hawkins-Row ofAponic Co Ltd,
 to visit their controlled environment trials at the NIAB centre at Hasse Fen, Soham, Cambridgeshire. They have developed a commercial vertical soil-less growing system that uses 90% less water than traditional agriculture, runs on rain water and solar power, does not emit harmful run-off into the environment and massively reduces the need for fossil fuels in food production. We shall be able to see their systems for producing vegetables and to discuss their applicability to tropical agriculture and small-scale peri-urban agriculture.As the trials are indoors, we shall not be limited by weather. More information on the trials can be viewed on-line. This visit follows-on from the talk on controlled environment agriculture by Ralph van Kaufman at the TAA Curry Club earlier in June 2017.

We plan to meet at a local pub for lunch around 11.30, before viewing the trials. The nearest station is Ely: if the need arises, we shall arrange transport from Ely Station to Soham. Please make a note in your diaries.

NIAB Field Trials, Hasse Rd, Soham, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5UW, UK

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To reserve a place, please contact the East Anglia Convenor

Annual Aid & Development Africa Summit
27 February 2018 08.00

Join the 3rd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit on 27-28 February 2018, uniting humanitarian and development leaders, decision makers and advisors committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the region. The 2018 agenda will focus on innovations and technology to improve humanitarian aid operations, financial inclusion, health & WASH and community resilience in Africa. Participants will gain first hand insights from development banks, donors and government agencies into their financing priorities and funding guidelines as well as benefit from networking opportunities. Read more ....

Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

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Click here to register. Please contactTim Swinfen-Green if any other queries. .

3rd ECHO Pastoralist Symposium, Kenya
06 March 2018 09.00

ECHO East Africa is an institutional member of TAA. They welcome you to join their third pastoralism symposium, scheduled for 6th-8th March 2018. More details will be available later.

Sportsman's Arms Hotel, Nanyuki, Kenya

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Contact Erwin Kinsey to register.

Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress
06 March 2018 07.30

This two-day congress will be held 6th & 7th March 2018. The objective of the Congress is to provide an opportunity for cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange that is competent and neutral, technical and commercial by bringing together all stakeholders, including regional governments and policy makers, private sector and research organisations, UN agencies and civil society. Read more View the draft agenda.

Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

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Register on-line. Contact Christos Apostolou 

42nd Annual Conference of Soil Science Society of Nigeria
12 March 2018 10.00

The Soil Science Sociaety of Nigeria invites you to this year’s conference, with the theme "Sustainable Management of Soil and Water Resources for Food Security, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation”. The conference will be 12th to 16thMarch. Read more ….

Institute for Agricultural Training and Research, Moore Plantation, Ibadan – Oyo State, Nigeria Abstract submission to until 31 December, 2017. Click here for Registration  
TAA SW Seminar on Environmental Theme
22 March 2018 10.00 Details to follow, please reserve the date. Bridgewater College, Cannington Campus Contact Tim Roberts, TAA Southwest Organiser  
TAA seminar: Improving rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses
09 May 2018 13.30

The TAA East Anglia Branch Annual Seminar will focus on reducing crop losses, especially in E Africa. The event is being co-hosted by Cambridge University’s Global Food Security initiative and CamPlantsHub. There will be two presentations, with time for Q&A discussions.

  • Dr Philip Taylor will speak on the work of CABI’s Plantwise programme and how it supports smallholder farmers. The aim of Plantwise is to increase food security and improve rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses.
  • Luke Braidwood (Plant Sciences PhD researcher) will talk on maize lethal necrosis, a viral condition which has been spreading around East Africa over the last 5-10 years. He has been characterising the East African outbreak and developing GM maize lines which should hopefully be resistant (the mechanism is amiRNAs).

We hope to arrange a tour of the David Attenborough Building, home to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) and many important NGOs in the conservation field.

Seminar Room (1.25a), David Attenborough Building, off Pembroke St, Cambridge, UK

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Please register with Eventbrite, more information from East Anglia Convenor.

1st International Conference on Water Security
17 June 2018 10,00

This conference, 17-20 June 2018, will allow academics, thinkers and practitioners from around the world to present, discuss and highlight the key issues and directions from a scientific perspective, including data needs, and how data can be acquired, successful public and private sector business models in different settings, and what the knowledge gaps are. The conference provides a forum for in-person meetings to complement the journal Water Security, which focuses on review and synthesis articles covering the field. Oral, poster and workshop abstracts are invited on the conference topics and should be submitted using the online abstract submission system.

Hyatt Regency Toronto, Toronto, Canada

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Earlyregistration by 23 March 2018.

21st World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS)
12 August 2018 10.00 The theme will be "Soils to feed and fuel the world. The WCSS is the main event of the International Union of Soil Science. It takes place every four years and is open to all members of the IUSS and other participants. For further information on congress website  RioCentro Exhibition and Convention Centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 12-17 August 2018

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Contact Flavio Camargo, Vice President Congress.  
21st International Soil Tillage Research Organization (ISTRO) Conference
24 September 2018 09.00

Invitation to participate in the Conference, which will be held from 24th to 27th September 2018. Soil, a living skin covering the earth, can be regarded as the mother of all living things, while tillage is the mechanical manipulation of soil to specifically promote and enhance crop growth. Civilizations have used soil and tillage throughout their varied histories. Now with the challenge of food security and climate change, soil and tillage researchers must develop sustainable agriculture and protect the environment. The 21st ISTRO Conference is an excellent opportunity to present research, share ideas and obtain new perspectives in soil and tillage research that will meet these challenges. Read more ….. Includes a four day post-conference tour.

Cité Universitaire Internationale,17 Boulevard Jourdan – 75014 PARIS, France

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Register on-line. Contact address