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
APPG Seminar: Access to regional and cross-border markets for smallholder farmers
24 April 2018 18.00

Lord Cameron of Dillington will chair this meeting of the APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development, 18:00 - 19:30. Speakers Ananth Raj, Digital Strategy Lead, Farm to Market Alliance, WorldFood Programme; Rachel Beckett, Director, Farm Africa (Uganda); Isolina Boto, Manager (Brussels office), Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).

Just 5% of Africa’s imports of staple cereals come from other African countries. As the continentincreasingly urbanises, demand for food is rising, and individual countries cannot meet this demand by production from within national borders. Cross-border trade is essential, and this can also provide farmers with greater opportunity and incentives. Capturing a greater share of domestic and regional markets could generate significant additional income for these farmers, and lift them out of poverty. But farmers face significant barriers in accessing the inputs they need and in getting their output to consumers in African cities.

What are the major obstacles? Transport and logistics services, opaque trade policies, poorly communicated to farmers and traders, poor access to market information. Progress is being made, but there is still a long way to go. This APPG meeting will outline someof the challenges and present case studies of successes in developing regional opportunities for smallholders.

Houses of Parliament (Committee Room 2A), Westminster, London

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TAA/BOAT Day Conference: Draft Animals & Agriculture
03 May 2018 10.00

Registration, with coffee/tea, will commence at 10.00 am. 10.30 Chairman's introduction: Draft intermediary technology– Prof. John Wibberley; 10.35 Overview of BOAT, especially BOAT Kenya – David Wendover; BOAT Chairman; 10.50 An Overview on the use of Draft Animals in Tropical Agriculture - Professor Paul Starkey, University of Reading; 11.30 The Role, Welfare and Current Status of Donkeys in international context - Dr Zoe Raw, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth; 12.10 Developments in Rural Transport in the Tropics - Professor Paul Starkey, University of Reading; 12.40 - 12.55 Discussion & Questions.

Lunch - planned to be taken at Bicton Refectory as usual (own expense)

14.30 Arrive at Donkey Sanctuary for briefing and tour/discussions; 16.00 Tea at the new Visitor Centre and depart.

Bicton College East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7BY, UK

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Please book via Ray Bartlett . We will charge £10 registration fee on arrival.

Curry Club talk: Peter Thorne ‘Don’t Forget the Livestock’ (rescheduled)
03 May 2018 11.00 The role of livestock in mixed farming systems in securing the livelihoods of the rural poor in developing countries is often seen as a secondary consideration in the quest for food security. The tendency has been to focus on increased production / productivity of staple food crops and improved nutrition through crop and diet diversification. When livestock do make it onto development agendas there is a tendency to focus on their negative impacts on the environment; most notably through their contribution to global GHG emissions and undesirable land-use changes. Guess what? - it’s not that simple. GHG emissions vary enormously with the type of system, not always in ways that might be anticipated and with hugely differing implications depending on the assessment criteria used. It is not well understood that in poor households it is often livestock that are the key to delivering a diversified diet for improved nutrition. Most significantly, livestock - because of their multiple functions and the ways in which they influence crop production - are the lynchpin without which numerous smallholder mixed farming systems would cease to exist.

Peter Thorne originally joined the Tropical Products Institute (TPI). Since then his research interests broadened to cover systems simulation modelling and the role of livestock in mixed farming systems. He has worked independently and for a number of research organisations, most recently the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). His work has taken him to more than 40 countries, mostly in East Africa, South Asia and the Pacific Islands. Over the last six years Peter has coordinated USAID’s Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian Highlands to validate and promote technologies for sustainable intensification of highland, mixed farming systems. He is currently a member of the External Advisory Board to USAID’s Sustainable Intensification Innovation Laboratory – and a member of TAA.

Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA

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  £15 per head to include coffee, curry lunch and use of the meeting venue and facilities. Book your place with Terry Wile  
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 are arranging a tour of the David Attenborough Building (DAB) after the seminar (maximum 15 people). The DAB is home to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), housing 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.

International Symposium on Soil Health and Sustainable Development
24 May 2018 09.00

Through the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), FAO, the Beijing Municipal Agriculture Bureau and theBeijing Soil Fertilizer Extension Service Stationhave agreed to co-organize the three day (24-26 May 2018) International Symposium on Soil health and Sustainable Development – A Strategy for "The Belt and Road”, as a contribution to the promotion of sustainable soil management along this major project proposal, advocating establishment of soil protection laws, systems and mechanisms in countries along the Belt and Road, through the implementation of the VGSSM providing a common platform for experts. At the end of the symposium, it is expected to announce" The Belt and Road healthy soils declaration" and the main symposium output will be a policy-oriented document based on scientific evidence showing the pathways toward SSM implementation and highlighting success stories and technological innovations in this field. The document will provide specific recommendations for adopting, up-scaling and supporting SSM. The symposium is expected to serve as a platform for enhancing collaboration and synergies to move SSM forward and achieve implementation in countries along the Belt and Road and all the other regions of the world. Read more ....

Beijing, China   For more information, please contact the  
GIIDAE Alumni Lecture, featuring guest speaker James Deane
30 May 2018 18.30 The Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE)invites TAA members to this first lecture, to be delivered by James Deane, Director of Policy and Research at BBC Media Action. This special event is designed to bring students, past and present, together as we debate key issues of the 21st century. Hosted by Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading, James Deane will deliver a lecture entitled: 'From HIV to Climate Adaptation', outlining how social and behavioural change communication has evolved over more than three decades. He will highlight where they have succeeded and failed, and why the increasing complex and rapidly evolving field of communication, media and development holds great potential for the future.  Agriculture Building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, RG6 6AR, UK

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Please register now with Sarah Cardey, or on line. The event is free to attend but places are limited. 

Course: Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation for Learning, IDS
04 June 2018 09.00

Increasingly, development implementing organisations are using complexity-aware, learning-based approaches to design and drive their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems. This enables practitioners better to understand how change actually happens and impact is achieved in real time in complex social change contexts – so as to use M&E to fuel impact. There is also growing awareness of the need for downward accountability and supporting greater feedback from those engaging in interventions to those designing and funding them. The course, 4 to 8 June 2018, aims to equip development planners and practitioners with the knowledge and skills more effectively to design and improveM&E systems and move towards a participatory learning practice within projects, programmes and their organisations.
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Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Library Road, Falmer, Brighton, UK

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Apply on-line. Application deadline:11 February 2018.

TAA Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture: New technologies for the future farm
11 June 2018 18.00

The 2018 Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture is a prestigious annual public lecture sponsored by the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA), in memory of Ralph Melville, an eminent agriculturalist and a founder of the Association.This year's event will be hosted in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development, which seeks to bring together UK Parliamentarians concerned with agriculture, nutrition and wider food security in the developing world. This cross-party group aims to engender progressive and informed debate within Westminster and beyond by bridging the gap between policy makers and practitioners in the field whilst also giving a voice to the 700 million smallholder farmers worldwide.

The lecture will be held at Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, London and delivered by Dr Elizabeth Warham FRSB. The title will be 'Game Changing Technologies for the Future Farm, with reference to Developing Countries’. She will explore the rapid development of new agricultural technologies and what this means for sustainable farming and global access to food in the future. Elizabeth is Head of the Agri-Tech Organisation for the UK Department for International Trade, which champions the role of Agri-Tech in strengthening agri-business in UK exports and investment, and helping drive sustainable intensification of agriculture to provide global access to sufficient, safe and healthy food. Previously as Head of the food, water and environment issues team in the Government Office for Science, she provided support to the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and led a review of how the Department of Health manages and uses science to inform the development of policies. In the former Department of Trade and Industry Technology Programme she worked closely with technological sectors and their user industries in programme delivery. In DfID, she managed research programmes to develop appropriate technologies for different agricultural production systems in low and middle-income countries (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean). Her career started in plant sciences at the International Centre for Wheat and Maize Improvement (CIMMYT) in Mexico.

The event will be opened and chaired by Lord Cameron of Dillingham, Chairman of the APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development and introduced by Dr. Andrew Bennett CMG, President of TAA. Participants are invited to drinks and light refreshment following the lecture. Entry to the lecture will be free but contributions to TAA's charitable Tropical Agriculture Award Fund (TAAF) would be much appreciated. Please print out your ticket and bring it with you to facilitate your entry through the security checks.



McMillan Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, 1, Parliament Square, Westminster, SW1A 2JR London. The entrance to Portcullis House is at number 4 on the map below; you are advised to arrive around 20-30 minutes in advance to allow time to pass through security.

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Please register via Eventbrite and print out your ticket to facilitate passage through Security. Attendance will be limited to about 60 people. 

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.

Groundswell Conference & Field Event 2018
27 June 2018 09.30

The next Groundswell conference and field event will be 27th and 28th June 2018. Groundswell’s mission is to promote understanding and disseminate factual information on no-till and regenerative agriculture within the UK. Groundswell is an independent farming conference, designed 'by farmers for farmers' to focus on emerging methods of soil regeneration, reducing inputs and increasing profitability in arable and mixed farming situations.On a working no-till farm within a mile of the A1(M) in Hertfordshire, the Cherry family put together a two day conference with speakers sharing their experiences from around the world.

Lannock Manor Farm, Junction 9 (A1(M)), Hertfordshire, SG4 7EE, UK

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TAA Southwest Visit to East Devon
02 July 2018 10.00 TAA Southwest are planning a visit to east Devon 2nd to 4th July. Details will follow Details to follow Contact Tim Roberts  
ECHO E Africa Symposium: Best practices to improve nutrition in dryland areas
07 August 2018 09.00 You are invited by our institutional members ECHO East Africa to join the joint World Vision Tanzania - ECHO East Africa - Amaranth Institute Symposium. The symposium offers a valuable time of learning, information sharing and networking for those working and serving in dryland areas especially in the East Africa Region. Please us the link below to see the tentative topics to be covered Topics for presentation. Use the following link to offer a presentation: Presenter form - Nutrition in dryland areas. The programme will include: 6th August - Check-in and Fellowship; 7-9th August - Meeting Days; 10th August - Optional Post Symposium Tours, and Check-out. Naura Springs Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania

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Registering isdone simply online. For more information on local accommodation, click here.  For more info, contact Sophia Kasubi

21st World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS), Brazil
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 websiteThe organization team has prepared a pre-congress tour, two congress tours and seven post-congress tours to different locations in Brazil. 

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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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Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture
09 October 2018 09.00

The aim of 2ACCA, 9th to 12thOctober, is to bring together expert knowledge, information, and insights from practitioners from across different sectors and interest groups at all levels of agriculture development in the public, private and civil sectors. This diversity of knowledge and stakeholders is essential to:

·Enable the desired multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral development of CA as a core production component of climate-smart agriculture; and

· Achieve sustained mobilization of policy, institutional and community support to accelerate the widespread adoption and management of CA as a core element of the expanding climate-smart food and agriculture systems in Africa.

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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International Rice Congress
14 October 2018 09.00

Held every four years, the International Rice Congress (IRC) is the world’s largest gathering of rice scientists, researchers, and rice industry experts and players to share the results of their work; intelligence on market trends, drivers, and developments; and together learn about factors that affect the rice industry and technologies in the short and long term.

This year's IRC focuses on Transformative Science for Food and Nutrition Security, and is organized around 8 themes which serve as the cornerstones of addressing critical development challenges in agriculture. The 4-day conference (14 – 17 October) will likewise feature innovative showcases and flash talks around these themes. Read more ….. or click here. 

Marina Bay Sands,10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

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TAA SW Branch and Royal Agriculture University Conference
18 October 2018 10.00 Tentative topic Food Chain Linkages: Locavores, Preservation, Storage & Minimising Wastage.
Details to follow.
RAU, Cirencester, UK

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TAA Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture: ‘Climate Risk Management in Sub-Saharan Agriculture
14 November 2018 17.30

This annual public lecture, co-hosted by TAA and the University of Reading, School of Agriculture, Policy & Development, will focus on the risks to small farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa resulting from climate change and other factors, and the means to mitigate them. The lecture will take the form of four short presentations by people specialised in assessing risks from the climatic and farming side and in provision of insurance for farmers. These will be followed by a panel discussion. The event will beChaired by Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, TAA President. The programme will commence at 17.30, with a networking meeting, followed by a welcome at 18.30 by Professor Julian Park, Head of School. The Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture evenyt will commence at 18.40. The evening willconclude with a wine and finger buffet,19:40 – 21:00. Members, spouses and friends are welcome.

A separate, afternoon tour of the University’s Museum of English Rural Life is being arranged for TAA members and friends:

Reading University, Agriculture Building, Earley Gate, Reading RG6 6AR, UK

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Reserve your place for the lecture with Lynne Drew (tel: 0118 378 4549).

International Conference on Agricultural and Food Sciences
26 November 2018 09.00 We are delighted to welcome you to for the Agripace 2018 conference 26th to 28th November. This will focus especially on collaborations among agriculture and food sector researchers, industrialists and professors to share trans-disciplinary integrative thinking to produce profitable & sustainable Agriculture. Based on your expertise in this area, we would like to welcome you to serve at the position of honourable Organizing Committee Memberfor Agripace 2018. Also, we would be glad to invite you to deliver a talk as a Plenary Speakerat this conference, submit your abstract on-line. For more details on conference sessions and programme, visit the event website:. We would be glad to receive your acceptance response in regards to inform you more about the conference in details and hence the benefits that you will avail as an OCMmember. Note that TAA member Benny Dembitzer is a member of the organizing committee. For any further queries, do not hesitate to contact Jojo Joseph
Scientific Program Coordinator 
Agripace 2018 Bangkok, Thailand (venue to be decided)

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13th International Conference on Development of Drylands: Converting Grey Areas into Green
11 February 2019 10.00

This is the first announcement for the conference being organized by the International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC), ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, India and the Arid Zone Research Association of India (AZRAI), Jodhpur, India, co-sponsored by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and other Indian and international agencies. The conference will run from 11th to 14th February 2019. Read more …… 

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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