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
2017 No-Till Conference, S Africa
05 September 2017 09.00

This is a conference not to be missed. It is being organized by the No-Till Club of Kwa-Zulu Natal and will be held from 5-7 September. The purpose and the take-home message of this conference will be investigating the relationship between no-till conservation agriculture in a mixed farming enterprise on environmental conservation and the benefits you and the community will derive! Read more and view programme …..

Drakensville Holiday Resort, Bergville, Kwa-Zuku Natal

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Register early. Contact: Sandra on 082 472 5987 or 033 330 2062 or email 

Ecosystem Services in Sustainable Development Short Course
11 September 2017 10.00

The School of International Development at UEA offering this course from 11-16 September 2017. It is designed for practitioners working in government institutions, NGOs, international agencies and private sector with an interest in identifying, appraising and managing the synergies and trade-offs among mulitple users and uses of nature.Read more …..


Sustainable management of natural capital underpins human development and well-being. Ecosystem services provide a conceptual framing to help identify and manage synergies and trade-offs in the natural capital, natural resource management, food security and biodiversity conservation domains. We begin by examining how natural resources and biodiversity are increasingly being referred to as natural capital. We look at the evolution of natural capital and ecosystem service (ESS) thinking, categories of ESS, case study examples, the advantages of an ESS approach, and critiques of using a utilitarian approach to nature. The course is particularly useful for those looking to refresh their knowledge or have new responsibility or interest in integrating a natural capital and ESS approach into disciplines as diverse as NRM, agriculture, biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. The course is particularly for those with a focus on informing decision-making and policy through evidence. It is also of interest to practitioners looking to understand interactions between natural capital, ESS and major global targets, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The course has been developed by Sarah Park (new TAA member), Nichole Gross-Camp and Simon Attwood.

School of International Development, University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ, UK.

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Course Fee: £1,850 – includes all tuition, daily lunches and refreshments. Early bird discount until 15 July - quote EBCC to bring the fee down to £1600. Contact or see UEA website.

Royal Society of Biology (RSB)visit to Brogdale Farm, National Fruit Collection
17 September 2017 10.30 The Royal Society of Biology (RSB) Kent, Surrey, Sussex branch invite you to discover the unique varieties of fruit on our guided tour of the orchards of Brogdale Farm, Home to the National Fruit Collection. There will be a guided tour of the orchards on a tractor and trailer at the subsidized rate of £5 per member. The trailer can also accommodate 2 wheelchairs. Brogdale's Fruit Orchards are full of fruit trees including apples, pears, plums, cherries, cobnuts, and quinces and the tour guide will entertain us with the historical background to the fruit varieties in season and offer tastings while you explore. Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ

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Limited spaces. If any difficulties booking online, please contact the Society or direct to the branch secretary, David Ware. Note that TAA is an Organisational Member of RSB.   
The Internet of Agri-Things Workshop
28 September 2017 9.30

With increasing pressures on agricultural production there is a greater than ever need for innovation in this sector, either from totally new technologies or by applying existing technologies from other sectors The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses a wide range technologies connected and communicating with each other, usually aligned to suites of sensors, analytics and communication platforms. This KTN workshop will feature a range of speakers from the Agri-Food and IoT industries, with examples of ongoing projects and successful approaches. It will provide an opportunity for both communities to learn about each other's needs and capabilities, both now and in the near-future, in order to stimulate ideas that could address the needs of the arable, horticultural and livestock industries, as well as the food processing and manufacturing sector.

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Agri-EPI Centre Agriculture Innovation Hub, Harper Adams University, Flatt Road, Edgmond, Newport TF10, UK

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Curry Club Talk: Increasing agricultural productivity in the Highlands of Ethiopia
28 September 2017 11.00

The London and South East Branch of TAA welcomes you to their Curry Club Talk and Lunch. TAA member Jim Ellis-Jones will present a talk on "Increasing agricultural productivity in the Highlands of Ethiopia”. Details to follow. Meet at 11 am for coffee before the talk.

Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA, UK

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The charge is £15 per head to include coffee, curry lunch and use of the meeting venue and facilities. Book your place with Terry Wiles.

6th Biennial ECHO Asia Agriculture and Community Development Conference
03 October 2017 08.00

Our four-day conference theme"Improving Lives”expresses our desire to partner with you as we train, equip, and grow our network to impact the lives and livelihoods of farmers and their families across Asia. Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face the threat of starvation. The event offers an open exchange of information, connecting the people and ideas that can make a real and sustainable difference. Topics include: Vegetables for Improved Nutrition and Livelihoods, Strengthening Capacity in Forage Conservation and Silage Making, Business in Transformation in Myanmar, Soil Fertility and Management for Smallholder Farmers, and Improving Lives through Seeking First to Understand. Read more .....

ECHO Impact Asia is an institutional member of TAA.

Holiday Garden Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand (16/16 Huay Kaew Rd. T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang Chiang Mai, 50300); October 3-6, 2017

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Please register on website.  If you have any questions, please email.

Conference: Extinction & Livestock: moving to a flourishing food system for wildlife, farm animals and us
05 October 2017 09.00

The Extinction and Livestock international conference, 5th and 6th October,will examinehow we can transform our global food and farming systems to work for people, the planet and animals. It will bring together diverse interests –conservation & livestock production, land & water use, the environment & climate change, ethics & economics, healthy & sustainable diets, food security, food business– and act as a catalyst for future collaboration and solution development.

Key speakers will include: Dr Carl Safina; World Food Prize winner, Hans Herren and Dr Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on food.Day 1 will cover issues and impact; anevening networking eventwill focus on future foods. Day 2 on practical and policy solutions. Networking, debate and discussion will be built into the programme to stimulate ideas and hear practical contributions from all delegates. Everyone will have an opportunity to make their voice heard. Delegates attending the conference will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of solutions-focused events to be held in diverse global locations. Read more


Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE, UK

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Register on-line. Concessionary rates for NGOs and early booking.

36th International Vegetable Training Course
09 October 2017 10.00

The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg), Thailand, announces their 36th International Vegetable Training Course (IVTC). Participants will be empowered with know-how to stimulate the development of thriving vegetable value chains, in particular leading to income generation and employment opportunities for women and youth. The IVTC will blend theory and practice by harnessing experience from a diversity of experts and organizations. The key partner to WorldVeg is Kasetsart University who recognizes the academic significance of the training and co-signs participant certificates. IVTC is endorsed by the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and USAID Horticulture Innovation Lab. Field trips and hands-on practical sessions are held throughout Thailand. The course is organized into two complementary modules:

9th October – 3rd November 2017 Module I: Seed to Harvest (covering Biodiversity, Breeding, Seed systems, Integrated Pest Management (IPM);Grafting, Protected Cultivation, Integrated Disease Management (IDM); Seed Health, Seedling Management, IDM; Sustainable Production, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)).

6th November – 1st December 2017 Module II: Harvest to Table (Post-harvest Care; Food Safety, Nutrition, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP); Nutrition, Value Chain and Market Analysis; Extension, Scaling, Monitoring and Evaluation).

Submitted by World Vegetable Centre, Taiwan (TAA institutional member).

WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia Research and Training Station, Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

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For details of course fees, application procedure etc, click here. For any queries, please contact the IVTC team  
TAA SW Branch and Royal Agriculture University: Annual Conference
12 October 2017 10.00 The TAA SW Branch invites you to a full day conference at the RAU, with the theme as ‘Rural Tourism’. in this the International Tourism Year. The programme is under preparation. Details to follow. Royal Agricultural University (RAU), Stroud Road, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK

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There will be a conference fee to cover lunch at RAU Refectory, morning & afternoon tea/coffee and contribution to speakers’ travel expenses. Please reserve a place with John Wibberley.

Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa
16 October 2017 09.00 The three day "Symposium on Climate Change and Drought Resilience in Africa” will focus on "building resilience to climate change and droughts in Africa”, meaning that it will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster climate change adaptation among countries in the region, with a focus on droughts, which may be useful or implemented elsewhere. New techniques and technologies for climate smart agriculture have already shown some great potential and impact in Africa. Beyond agriculture, other climate-related sectors have seen a similar surge of innovation. From the clean energy sector with advances in solar power and battery storage to the water sector with new point-of-use water purification systems.Read more ......
Nairobi, Kenya, 16th to 18th October 2017

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International Conference & Expo on Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences: Research & Technology
23 October 2017 10.00

The ‘Agriconference 2017’, 23-25 October 2017, will be the best amalgamation of eminent researchers, students and delegates from both academia and industry where you can collaborate to have interactive access to emerging technology and approaches globally. Our focus is to have International scientific panel discussion on agriculture, to bring together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused, and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter, with robust agriculture demands with attractive opportunities leading to competitive advantages.

The conference will be around: plant protection, organic agriculture and natural resources management Sustainable Agriculture, High productivity, Agriculture Technology and agro-economy, animal husbandry, Veterinary Research, agriculture biotechnology, agro-chemistry. This is your best opportunity to influence the principal participants from the agricultural community. Read more ….  [Kindly posted by Benny Dembitzer, TAA member/GrassrootsAfrica and invited speaker].

Prof. Jayshankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), Hyderabad, India

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Conservation Agriculture: Gateway Training for Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Systems
23 October 2017 10.00

Conservation Agriculture (CA) practices are increasingly accepted across the globe are being harbingers for sustainable intensification of smallholder production systems. CYMMYT-India is running this course Oct 23 to Nov 06 2017. This course links the advances and multidisciplinary approach for sustainable intensification of maize and wheat based system, restoration of natural resource degradation and climate resilient production systems with vast expertise of CIMMYT researcher and partners across Asia, Africa and Americas. Keeping in view the high response, the course has become a regular flagship activity wherein selected young men and women researchers from NARS as well as international organizations and NGOs across Asia involved. [Organized by CIMMYT and BISA, under the aegis of CGIAR Research Programs on WHEAT, CCAFS, MAIZE and in close collaboration with Indian NARS (ICAR, PAU etc)].

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CIMMYT- BISA, Ludhiana, Karnal, India

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Course Coordinator Dr. M.L. Jat, 
Principal Scientist CIMMYT Ph:+91-9999108787 e-mail: Course fee is US$4200 per participant (inclusive of course, accommodation, food & local transport).

Curry Club Talk: Highlights from 50 years of large-scale farming in Africa and Iran
26 October 2017 11.00 The London and South East Branch of TAA welcomes you to their Curry Club Talk and Lunch. TAA member Frank Bibby will present a talk on "Highlights from 50 years oflarge-scale farming in Africa and Iran”. Details to follow. Meet at 11 am for coffee before the talk. Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA, UK

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The charge is £15 per head to include coffee, curry lunch and use of the meeting venue and facilities. Book your place with Terry Wiles.

Conference: Total Food 2017 – exploitation of agri-food chain wastes
31 October 2017 09.00

This conference will be the 5th in a series of international conferences which focus on the sustainable exploitation of agri-food co-products and related biomass, thereby helping to minimise waste. Under the auspices of the Royal Society of Chemistry (Food Group), this three day event provides an open forum to highlight recent developments and to facilitate knowledge transfer between representatives of the agri-food industries, scientific research community, legal experts on food related legislation and waste management, and consumer organisations. Themes explored ranged from the adding of value to co-products through to the recovery of energy from waste streams. Total Food 2017 is organised by staff from the Biorefinery Centre at the Institute of Food Research.

John Innes Conference Centre, Institute of Food Research, Norwich Research Park, Norwich

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Click here to register. Contact address for more information 
‘Strong Harvest’ Moringa Peer Educator Training Seminars, Tanzania
03 November 2017 09.00

ECHO East Africa (TAA institutional member) is offering two training sessions: 3-4th November in English Language, 6-7th November in Kiswahili language.

Have you heard great things about Moringa, but don’t quite know what it is, how to use it, or how you might incorporate it into your family or community? Or, maybe you already know about Moringa, but need resources to teach others. We can help! Strong Harvest is returning to Tanzania to provide two 2-day Moringa Peer Educator training seminars.

Many Tanzanian families lack a secure source of nutritious food, do not have access to clean water and have few streams of family income. The moringa tree provides an easily-implemented, family-level solution that addresses all three of these issues. Our 2-day training seminar will cover the key topics. Read more ……

ECHO East Africa Impact Center, Arusha, Tanzania

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Email Strong Harvest Executive Director, Rick Kemmer,  and include the following information: Name; Address; Organizati􏰀on; Which payment method you’ll be using, or register and pay on-line.

Agri-Tech East REAP Conference 2017: Today’s Knowledge Meets Tomorrow’s Technology
07 November 2017 09.30

Agri-Tech East’s annual REAP conference will be held on 7 November, focusing on emerging agri-tech to secure a profitable and sustainable future. The keynote address will be on "The No-till Revolution", by Maria ‘Pilu’ Giraudo, a ‘no-till’ farmer who coordinates policies at the Argentina Ministry of Agroindustry, with response by Dr David Lawrence, former head of R&D at Syngenta. Other participants include representatives from Marks & Spencer, DEFRA and John Deere, as well as Andrew Blenkiron, Estate Director at Euston Estate, who says: "We need to go back to how my grandfather farmed, but using modern science". There will also be a technology exhibition, providing an exciting backdrop for networking.

The conference is part of Agri-Tech Week (6-10th November 2017), which showcases agri-tech innovations across the East of England.

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1RQ, UK

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Reserve your ticket on the REAP Conference websiteUK growers or farmers, or students in full-time education in agriculture, are eligible to apply for a special rate sponsored by Anglia Farmers: find out more on the tickets page.

Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture, Reading
08 November 2017 18.00 Tentative date for the HMBL 2017. The lecture iwill be presented by Dr. Margaret Najjingo Mangheni, Reader in Agricultural Extension at Makerere University, Uganda. The theme of the lecture is elected to be "Innovation Systems and ICT for Smallholder Farmers”. More information will be added nearer the date. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

We are arranging an afternoon event, starting with lunch at 13.30, followed by visits to the University's Cocoa Unit and Crop Environment Labs. Tea/Coffee will be served at 17.00, joined by members of the Student Engagement group.

Note that the date of the lecture may be postponed to 15th November.

Reading University, Agriculture Building, Earley Gate, Reading

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Details will be announced in due course.  
ICERAP 2017 – International Conference on Ecosystem Resilience and Agricultural Productivity
22 November 2017 09.00

The conference, co-sponsored by NORAD, will be from 22nd to 24th November. A significant proportion of livelihoods in tropical regions particularly in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) are heavily ecosystem-dependent. Equally, the development strategies of the regional economies are premised on harnessing ecosystem and environmental resources to sustain the economic growth and increasing food, fibre and energy demands for the populations. Whilst the national economies show rapid growth, there is increasing concern on declining ecosystem health, and agricultural productivity given the rapidly increasing population. This conference aims to cultivate the emerging knowledge crucial for solving the complex and interconnected issues of ecosystem resilience, increasing agricultural productivity and sustaining livelihoods under climate change.

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Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda,

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4th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA)
30 November 2017 10.00

The conference will take place from 28th to 30th November 2017. The theme will be Catalysing local innovations and actions to accelerate scaling up of CSA, and will have the following objectives:

1. Highlight emerging science and innovations on the Climate-Agriculture nexus, focusing on agricultural landscapes and food systems

2. Showcase experiences and lessons in science-policy interactions fostering accelerated up-take of CSA

3. Examine circumstance-specific conditions for success for CSA within Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & the Paris Climate Agreement

4. Networking and opening or consolidation opportunities for collaboration and alliances on CSA.

5. Stimulate dialogue between scientists and practitioners (policy makers, business, civil society, farmers, etc.).

Johannesburg, South Africa

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For early registration and for information on submitting Abstract visit website :or email organisersSubmission of Abstracts closes: 30 August 2017 Deadline for early bird registration: 20 August 2017.

TAA AGM, Honours Awards & Presentations, Annual Reunion
13 December 2017 17.00 The TAA's Annual General Meeting, award of Honours and presentations by awardees will be followed by our Annual Reunion social evening. The cash bar will be open. Details will be posted in due course.   Royal Over-seas League,Park Place, St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR, United Kingdom

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There will be a charge to cover room hire and a fork supper.  
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...

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.