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
Fundraising Gala Concert at Seale Hayne.
10 October 2015 19.00 Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust (BOAT) invites you to a joint fundraising event for Dame Hannah's and BOAT. Come and join us for this lovely evening. BOAT is supported by the TAA, especially by he TAA Southwest Branch (see TAA website 'Services'). Hear the performance of the Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir. Seale Hayne Great Hall, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6NQ, UK

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For tickets (£10 each), please send a sae and cheque (made payable to Dame Hannah Rogers Trust), to The BOAT Secretary, 8 Slade Close, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1SX; by calling Hannah's 01626 325800 or by visiting their website

2nd International Global Food Security Conference, NY
11 October 2015 10.00 The conference aims to deliver state-of-the-art analysis, inspiring visions and innovative research methods arising from research in any of a wide range of disciplines. Join us in this exciting opportunity to ensure that the best science is garnered to support the emergence of the Sustainable Development Goals. Deadline for abstracts 8th May 2015, click here. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.11-14 October 2015

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Launch the 2015 Global Hunger Index
13 October 2015 14.30

Concern Worldwide is hosting a panel and discussion event (14.30-16.30) with experts to discuss the impact of conflict on global hunger levels. This will be an interactive event, gathering perspectives from panel and audience about solutions to conflict-related hunger. We very much hope you will be able to participate. Panellists will include:Alex de Waal, World Peace Foundation and Fletcher School, Tufts University; Lawrence Haddad, International Food Policy Research Institute. Refreshments will be served and there will be time to continue discussions after the event.

Council Room, Church House Conference Centre, Dean’s Yard, Westminster, London, SW1P 3NZ, UK

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Please register now to secure your place on the Concern website 

"SOILS - WHERE THE ANSWERS LIE": TAA Southwest Branch seminar
15 October 2015 10.00

The TAA Southwest Branch invites you to a full day seminar at RAU, as part of the UN Year of the Soil 2015. The programme will include:

10.00 Registration; 10.30 Professor John Wibberley, TAA SW Chairman, Welcome & Introduction to the day and overview of issues of soil management; 10.45 Professor David Hopkins, Prof Soil Science and Dean of School of Agriculture, Food & Environment, RAU on Healthy Soils challenges for research & development; 11.30 Dr Jane Rickson, Cranfield University on Soil degradation & Ecosystem Security; 12.10 Mr Alan Stapleton on Travels with an auger: tropical soil diversity in practice, with focus on sub-Saharan Africa. 12.30-13.30: Lunch in RAU Refectory; 13.30 Mr Tony Reynolds, UK Farmer in South Lincolnshire with 15 years of Conservation Agriculture experience, on Soil management: lessons from and for Conservation Farming; 14.15  Reducing Soil Erosion through improved agricultural practices among smallholder farmers in Tanzania. Dr Richard Baines, Principal Lecturer in Management Systems for Food Safety & Environment & Director Africa Programme, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester; 14.40  Soil Conservation via Tropical Tree Crop Management Mr Charles Hartley, Consultant; 15.00  Panel Forum: Questions invited especially from the newly arrived RAU postgraduate students in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security, in International Rural Development etc. 16.00 afternoon tea/coffee and Chairman's summing up; 16.15 Depart.

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK

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A seminar fee of £20 is payable on registration (to cover lunch at RAU Refectory, morning & afternoon tea/coffee and contribution to speakers travel expenses). Please reserve a place with Tim Roberts robtimk@btinternet.comTel: 01761 470455

Next steps for UK Agricultural Technologies investment, research and progress from the catalyst projects
22 October 2015 09.00

This conference looks at next steps for the development of agricultural technologies in the UK. Planned areas of discussion include the impact of the agri-tech catalyst projects with funding and research priorities for the catalysts moving into the third phase of the fund, and the role of Centres for Agricultural Innovation which are due to be introduced with the aim of supporting advances in sustainable intensification. Further sessions will discuss how best to promote UK agri-tech abroad; what more can be done to attract, develop and retain highly skilled workers; and wider Government priorities for the sector as the UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy as it moves into its third year of implementation.

Venue Central London, details to be decided. 09.00-13.00

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APPG: Patient Procurement Platform - NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC
27 October 2015 16.00

See note below. The APPG on Agriculture & Food for Development invites you to a briefing with the World Food Programme on the Patient Procurement Platform: helping smallholder farmers to realise their potential as an engine for agricultural growth in developing countries. To be chaired by Lord Cameron of Dillington, with presentations from Mack Ramachandran, Head of Strategy, Performance, & Risk, UN World Food Programme, Bianca Shead, Manager – Sustainable Development Policy and Advocacy, SAB Miller, Stuart Lendrum, Head of Sustainable & Ethical Sourcing, Sainsburys.

The APPG has since apologised for failing to state that this event is by INVITATION ONLY.  Please disregard the announcement. Web Manager.

Committee Room 15, Houses of Parliament, London, UK. 16:00 to 17.30.

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This is by invitation only.

Curry Club lunchtime talk Artemisia annua against malaria (TAA L&SEB)
29 October 2015 11.30

The Curry Club talk will be presented by Antony Ellman, TAA member, on "Artemesia annua against malaria: a smallholder remedy that works!".  Artemisia annua is the most effective smallholder-grown antimalarial treatment The medicinal plant Artemisia annua (or Qinghao) has been known in China as a treatment for "hot and cold fever” for more than 2,000 years. The active ingredient, artemisinin or qinghaosu, was isolated by Chinese scientists in the 1970s and Artemisia cultivation was introduced to East Africa and South Asia in the 1990s. It is now the basis of the frontline drug recommended by WHO for treating severe malaria. More than 300 million treatments are administered annually worldwide, and many thousands of lives have been saved. Antony Ellman, a smallholder agriculturalist, has for more than 20 years been closely involved in the cultivation of Artemisia annua and extraction and manufacture of artemisinin drugs. He will describe the birth and expansion of the Artemisia industry, analyse its successes and failures, and discuss future prospects and challenges.

This event will commence with coffee from 11.30, followed by the presentation and discussion, with curry lunch scheduled for 13.30.

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

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Price for the day, including excellent coffees and lunch is £14. Book your place withTerry Wiles 

Flood management in England - priorities for funding, insurance, and flood response
03 November 2015 10.00

Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminars present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties. Typically, attendees at our seminars are a senior and informed group numbering more than 100, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials from Defra, DECC, and other relevant departments and agencies, energy and environment professionals, representatives of engineering and water management organisations, academics, local government, charities and community groups, together with reports from the national and trade press.

This conference assesses policy priorities for flood and coastal risk management in England - and the progress and direction of the Governments £2.3 billion 6-year capital spending programme on flood defence projects. Planned sessions evaluate the priorities for developing sustainable flooding infrastructure as well as the funding allocation priorities for new projects for Government and the Environment Agency. The agenda includes keynote contributions from Neil Hornby, Deputy Director, Flood Risk Management, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and David Rooke, Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency. Areas for discussion include: (i) Addressing the challenges and opportunities for managing UK flood risk; (ii) Priorities for developing sustainable infrastructure; including funding allocation, planning, and asset maintenance. For more view Our Website. Click here for Agenda

Central London, UK To book places, please use our online booking form  
TAA AGM, the 33rd Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture and Reunion
11 November 2015 17.00

Advanced notice for your diaries for the TAA Annual General Meeting, Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture and annual reunion. The AGM will commence at 5.00 pm, followed at 6.15 pm by the Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture. This year the lecture will follow a different format. Presentations will be made by three of the TAA's Tropical Agriculture Award Fund (TAAF) awardees from the recent and more distant past: they will talk about their experiences on their overseas assignments under the TAAF scheme, showing how this has launched them on the path to a career in international development. The presenters will be as below. Titles of papers still to be confirmed.

a) James Lomax, TAAF awardee 2001 to work with ILRI in Kenya, later jobs included smallholder vegetable production in Kenya, Holland and Portugal, now Head of Agriculture Programme, UNEP, Paris.

b) Daniella Hawkins, TAAF awardee 2005 as adviser to beekeepers’ co-operative in Zambia, now with Microloan Foundation lending to small scale agricultural enterprises in Zambia and Malawi. (To be confirmed)

c) Paul Baranowski and James Alden, TAAF MSc awardees 2015, developing decision-making toolkit for smallholder coffee farmers in Guatemala who face the need for climate change adaptation.

We hope that this will shift the focus of the event towards younger members of TAA, and will allow time for discussion of how best we can attract a new generation of members. Let's make this an enjoyable event that will appeal to all age groups. Members, spouses and friends welcome. The Reunion will be from 7.30 pm, with buffet dinner and cash bar, giving a chance to relax, chat and network. Please watch this space for more details of presentations as they are finalised.

Royal Over-seas League, Park Place, St James?s Street London SW1A 1LR (off Piccadilly). Tel: +44 (0)20 7408 0214

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Please register for the the event by clicking here  There will be a charge of £25 per person to cover room and facility hire and a hot buffet dinner, payable at the door, or in advance to the General Secretary, TAA, c/o Montpelier Professional Services, 1 Dashwood Square, Newton Steward, DG8 6EQ. [More details from Elizabeth Warham ]. The EVENTBRITE link was temporarily not functioning, now restored. Apologies. Web Manager, 4/9/15.

ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2015
17 November 2015 07.00 This year marks the 22nd Anniversary of the ECHO International Agriculture Conference held in Fort Myers, FL! We hope that you will make plans to join us for this year's conference. The event brings together some of the world's most influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives. 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. Conference accommodation and meeting rooms for morning and evening sessions will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Afternoon workshops and demonstrations will be held at the 50-acre ECHO farm in North Fort Myers, which has one of the largest collections of tropical fruits and vegetables in the United States. (ECHO East Africa is a Corporate Member of TAA). Crowne Plaza Hotel 13051 Bell Tower Drive Fort Myers, Florida 33907 and The ECHO Global Farm, United States. 17th to 19th November.

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Sign in and register, conference fees apply. Contact Renee Gill.


5th AGRO PROTECH 2015: Towards sustainable food security through 'Green, Blue & White Revolution'
19 November 2015 10.00

India's Premiere Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Processing, Dairy, Poultry, Meat, Fishery, Animal Husbandry, Farm Equipment & Packaging Technology Show. There is a need for a renewed focus on Indian Agriculture & Food Processing sector and at the same time to step up the growth of allied activities like agriculture, livestock, fisheries, and non-farm activities like cold chain infrastructure, sorting and grading, processing and packaging, etc which can help to improve the value addition. In India integrated development of Food crops, agriculture mechanization, soil health, development of rain-fed farming systems, integrated pest management, market infrastructure, horticulture production & food processing needs special focus to ensure food security and global competitiveness through diversified, productive and sustainable Second Green Revolution. The Summit & Expo will be attended by international experts, academicians, policy makers, corporate houses, agri-scientists, bankers and stakeholders from agriculture, horticulture, food processing, dairy, poultry, meat, fishery, animal husbandry, farm equipment & packaging technology and others. Includes a three-day conference - covering all the current challenges in the Agriculture, Horticulture, Food    Fisheries & ARD sectors, and B2G and B2B meetings to explore Domestic and International trade & business potentials. Follow us at fb.png

Milan Mela Grounds & ITC Sonar, Kolkata;19-21 November 2015

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For further information, contact Indian Chamber of Commerce Sarwesh Kumar Kanodia (Tel +91 98 305 99066).

African Celebration Meeting of the International Year of Soil
23 November 2015 10.00

28th Bi-annual Conference of the Soil Science Society of East Africa (SSSEA) & African Celebration Meeting of the International Year of Soil

Theme: Soils and Land Use for Climate Smart Agriculture. Deadline for abstract submission: 30 July, 2015; full papers in electronic version to be submitted by 30thOctober 2015.
Morogoro, Tanzania, November 23-27, 2015 For further information contact the Organizing Committee SSSEA at 
British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) Annual Meeting
26 November 2015 09.00 The   BSSS Annual Meeting in the International Year of Soils. There is much to celebrate for Soil Science in the UK. New opportunities are underway such as the Centre for Doctoral Training, the Global Food Security, Soil and Rhizosphere Interactions for Sustainable Agri-ecosystems' (SARISA) programme and the Soil Security Programme, which will help us to grow multidisciplinary research that will lead to improved sustainability, productivity and management of the environment. With new technologies and increasing collaborations across disciplines, soil science is at the dawn of a new era. Confirmed speakers include Professor Rainer Horn, Professor Chris Collins and Professor Richard Bardgett. Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place,
Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE, United Kingdom

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Annam National Food & Agro-biodiversity Festival & Seminar on Food, Health & Agro-Biodiversity: Changing Paradigms
03 December 2015 10.00 Food is the essence of our great cultural heritage and areflection of the great diversity of life in our planet. InIndia food is revered as God and eating together ensuredfamily and community bondages.However, on everypart of the world, communities are awakening to the devastatingeffects of corporate driven foods and farming systems. This National Seminar focuses on the changing paradigms in food and agro-biodiversity and the impacts on health, ecological, social, economic and environmental scenarios. Further, a wide array of multi-disciplinary subjects including innovations in promoting locally produced food materials and processing technologies, health benefits of indigenous foods, agro biodiversity and nutritional security, food as medicine, traditional knowledge on food, etc could be discussed in this platform. The deliberations in this seminar would provide necessary inputs to the food and health policies at national and regional levels. For more details please click here. Papers are invited, with abstract submitted by 15th October 2015. Marine Drive, Kochi, Kerala, India. 3rd to 7th December, 2015

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Register with the Organising Secretary. CISSA, TC 15/603, USRA-153, Udarasiromani Road, Vellayambalam, Sasthamangalam PO, Thiruvananthapuram-695010, Kerala, India.

TAA Curry Club Talk: “Not Just Wood”
07 December 2015 11.30

The December talk will be presented by TAA member Mikael Grut, a forest economist. The talk "Not Just Wood” will be about forestry today, including its interfaces with agriculture and animal husbandry and a consideration of climate change. More details to be announced later. Meet at 11.30 for registration and coffee. The talk will be followed by curry lunch (£14.00 per head) with a chance to relax and chat.

Strand Continental Hotel India Club, 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA.

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Book your place through Terry Wiles  
Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016
06 January 2016 08.00

The two-day Conference will offera mix of practical farm-scale advice, showcasenew techniques and discuss the global context in which farming takes place, including the economy and the policies that affect farming. ORFC delegates will hear from the many people across the UK and beyond who are showing that new models of farming work. There will be inspiration from those just starting out as farmers and a chance to hear from those who have been farming for some time.Watch this space for the programme.

Oxford Tower Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1BX, UK; 6th & 7th Jan 2016

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Tickets on sale now! Tea and coffee included. Dinner on night of the 6th of January(check the various ticket optionsif you want to take part in that too).

TAA South-West Branch meeting & AGM
07 January 2016 10.00 The SW Branch is holding its annual meeting, with presentations and lunch, on Thursday January 7th
2016. Details will follow. Please make a note in your diary.
Exeter Golf and Country Club, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 7AE Tel: 01392 874139

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Reservations via the SW Coordinator Tim Roberts  
Contested Agronomy Conference
23 February 2016 10.00 "Contested Agronomy: Cases, Dynamics & Implications" is a conference about the battlefields in agricultural research, past and present. The Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, invites abstracts (from individuals), proposals for panels (up to four people + chair), and expressions of interest in attending from non-presenters. The deadline is 11 May 2015. It would be good to have a TAA member on a panel
Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK, BN1 9RE; 23 25 February 2016

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To apply to attend, visit Contested Agronomy 2016. Fee: £150 (a limited number of grants are available for participants based in developing countries).

Learning, action research and outreach for inclusive development course, Wageningen
29 February 2016 09.00

ICRA (International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture) strengthens innovative capacity by providing training and coaching to individuals and teams from different backgrounds. This course is for professionals in tertiary agricultural education to prepare as competent graduates ready for the job market. In addition, you are requested to do action research that contributes to innovation for food security, and provide services for rural communities that support inclusive development. Are you ready to make your courses more interactive and interdisciplinary? How do competency-based learning approaches affect the way you design your courses? How do you determine what services to provide to surrounding communities? To what extend is your research relevant and useful to farmers and agribusiness? This course helps you find the answers to these questions. It is challenging and hands-on with a range of activities such as trainer-assisted group sessions, role play, case studies and excursions to Dutch universities. Read more ...

Wageningen University, P.O. Box 9101, 6700 HB Wageningen, the Netherlands; 29th Feb to 18th March

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On-line application form (by 16th October 2015). Tuition fee: 3 990 Euro (some scholarships available).

10th International Symposium on Agriculture and the Environment (AgroEnviron 2016)
23 May 2016 10.00

The 10th International Symposium on Agriculture and the Environment  will be held May 23-27, 2016. Our environment continues to evolve, as factors such as global climate change and atmospheric warming alter local weather and growing conditions for agricultural crops. To some extent increasing carbon dioxide levels and higher temperatures may enhance plant growth, but other factors such as more variable and extreme precipitation events, flooding, drought, and excessively high temperatures may act to diminish crop production. This symposium seeks to provide a forum for scientists to present new research on environmental studies, agricultural research, processes of soil erosion by wind and water, conservation policies, and innovative practices to preserve and protect the soil, water, and air resources while at the same time providing for a sustainable agriculture. Abstract submission by January 15, 2016. 

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

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Registration details, lodging, and costs will be available later in 2015 on the website.

Linking research to inclusive development for food security, course, Wageningen
06 June 2016 09.00

ICRA (International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture) strengthens innovative capacity by providing training and coaching to individuals and teams from different backgrounds. This course is for researchers to make their work relevant for the inclusive development of involved communities, if it is to have any value. Agricultural professionals, farmers and their organizations may lack up to date information on how to most effectively improve food security. The course is challenging, varied and hands-on, including trainer-assisted group sessions, role-play, and field visits to research and development projects in the Netherlands. Training is tailored to participants� needs and builds on their experiences, ensuring that the relevance can be applied most effectively in other situations. Class sizes are kept small, between 12 and 20 participants, to maximize trainer:trainee ratios and to enhance trainee interactions and opportunities for exchange. Course brochure.  Read more 

Wageningen, P.O. Box 9101, 6700 HB Wageningen, the Netherlands; 6th to 24th June

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On-line application form (by 1st April 2016).Tuition fee: 3 990 Euro (some scholarships available).

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.