Events

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
UK launch of the Generation Nutrition campaign
07 May 2014 17.15 The APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development invites you to the launch of Generation Nutrition, a global campaign calling on governments and the international community to take urgent action to prioritise the fight against acute malnutrition, and to save the lives of millions of children under the age of five.

The event will include speeches from Sir Tony Cunningham MP and member of the IDC; Aminata Koroma: Director of Food & Nutrition, Ministry of Health & Sanitation, Sierra Leone; Jean Michel Grand: Executive Director of Action Against Hungers UK headquarters. Other speakers to be confirmed. Followed by a drinks reception with opportunities to meet the speakers and coalition partners, learn more about efforts to tackle acute malnutrition and have your photo taken and shared in support of the campaign.

Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, London, from 17.15 to 19.00.

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Spaces are limited; please RSVP by Friday 2nd May 2014 to Sabrina de Souza (Tel: 0207 793 3970)  
Uganda
08 May 2014 10.00 Seminar jointly arranged by Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust (BOAT) and TAA Southwest Group.The main topic will be "Uganda". For more details, contact Tim Roberts at the address below Bicton College, Sidmouth, Devon EX9 7BH

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Contact the Southwest Organisers of TAA 
Sustainable Agriculture Development Seminar
12 May 2014 14.00

The seminar is being led by the Tropical Agriculture Association, co-sponsored by the University Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security, the Humanitarian Centre and the Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF). 14.00 to 18.30.

The world is facing many threats, not least the need to feed an increasing population. Modern technologies are encountering environmental and economic constraints. Agricultural and environmental sciences need to converge through agro-ecology. Two such bodies of practice have emerged over the last 10-20 years: the System of rice intensification (SRI) and Conservation Agriculture (CA), which enable producers to raise production with lower cost, less dependence on agro-chemical inputs and lower energy and water requirement. These optimise conditions for crop growth, above and below ground. Presentations will be made by two TAA members, Dr Willem Stoop (University of Wageningen) on SRI, and Brian Sims (FAO Consultant) on CA. They will discuss the basic principles of these agro-ecological concepts and practices, with evidence that the approaches can reorientate agriculture in developed and less-developed countries to achieve greater productivity with sustainability. There will be time for open discussion. Tea/Coffee and biscuits will be served. [Brian Sims has stepped in in place of Dr Amir Kassam who will be on an assignment in India]. 

Hughes College, Pavilion Room, Cambridge CB1 2EW.

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Please email Keith Virgo to confirm interest and book a place. There will be no charge but we will welcome donations to the TAAF. 
Food Security, Biotechnology and Genetic Modification- a mature conversation
16 May 2014 16.00

The Humanitarian Centre is pleased to once again be partnering with the University Strategic Initiative inGlobalFoodSecurity and the Sainsbury Laboratory to take afresh look at perspectives on the GMO (genetically modified organisms) debate, especially as it regards food security and poverty. Confirmed speakers include: Dr Emmanuel Okogbenin, of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation; Dr Andrew Stirling, of the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex andProfessor Ottoline Leyser, Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. To be followed by what promises to be a thoughtful, interactive discussion. Time 16.00 to 18.00.

Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR

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Email Anne Radl if you are interested in attending.


 
Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners: Short Course UEA
19 May 2014 0900 Bringing together key strengths in water politics, climate change, agricultural water management and water allocation, this course will provide participants with an exceptional chance to acquire an understanding of this key global issue. Full details, including the course brochure, can be found on the website. The course will be held from 19th to 23rd May 2014. The fee of £1,600 includes bed & breakfast accommodation.  (Register before 7 February 2014 for a reduced fee of £1400). University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

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 For further information please contact Debra Lee  
ICT4Agriculture in developing countries: innovation and "the last mile"
20 May 2014 18.00 The Humanitarian Centre invites you for a discussion to explore how agricultural innovations for improved food security and nutrition travel "the last mile to smallholder farmers. The panellists for the evening will be: Cliff Schmidt, founder of Literacy Bridge and Talking Book; Laura Crow, Sustainability Analyst for Vodafone, and an author of Connected Agriculure; Harsha Liyange, founder of Sarvodaya-Fusion, the ICT4D program of Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka; Benny Dembitzer, founder of Grassroots Africa and Nobel prize winner. This will be a participatory conversation: we welcome practitioners, researchers, activists, entrepreneurs and others working in the areas to come question our panel and share their thoughts on such topics as: Is the information & communication technology (ICT) infrastructure developed enough to benefit the poorest famers? Can we reach women, the majority of smallholders, through ICT? Can ICTs help support person-to-person knowledge sharing and community extension services?Are there lessons to be learned from "innovation sharing models?We'll have drinks and time for networking after the discussion.

The event is part of the Humanitarian Centre's Global Food Futures Year and ICT4 series, which explores the role that ICT plays in global poverty initiatives, generously sponsored by ARM.

Pavilion Room, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, Wollaston Rd, Cambridge, CB1 2EW

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Register online to attend 

 
Royal Bath & West Show
28 May 2014 10.00 The Royal Bath and West will be held from 28th to 31st May. The TAA Southwest Group will have a small stand, a tractor and a raffle. Some volunteers are needed. Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN

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Contact the TAA Southwest Organisers 
20th World Congress of Soil Science 2014
08 June 2014 10.00

The theme of the conference, June 8th to 13th, is Soils Embrace Life and Universe, and the congress is a celebration of 90 years of the IUSS. The website www.20wcss.org provides valuable information and an announcement by the Organizing Committee. You are cordially invited to join the 20th World Congress of Soil Science. New deadline for Abstract Submission: 30 November, 2013. For further information see www.20wcss.org

Jeju Island, Korea

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9th Hugh Bunting Lecture: Can voluntary sustainability standards incentivize smallholder adoption? - The case of rice.
09 June 2014 18.00

The 9th Hugh Bunting lecture will be presented by Dr Wyn Ellis, Coordinator, of the Sustainable Rice Platform, UNEP Regional Office for Asia-Pacific, Bangkok, on the subject "Can voluntary sustainability standards incentivize smallholder adoption? - The case of rice. Dr Wyn and his wife were former post-grad students of Hugh Bunting.

The Programme: will be chaired by Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, President, TAA. 18:00 Assemble; 18:30 Welcome by Professor Michael Gooding, Head of School; 18:40 - 20:00, Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture by Dr Wyn Ellis; 20:00 - 21:30, Reception and finger buffet (contributions to costs will be appreciated). Spouses / partners are most welcome.

John Madejski LectureTheatre Agriculture Building, Earley Gate University of Reading How to get there? Consult the University of Reading map website (below) The Agriculture Building is Building Number 59 (Square D8) on the White Knights campus map. Please use the Earley Gate entrance to the campus.

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. RSVP to: Mrs Linda McCarthy, tel: 0118 378 4549  
Climate Change & Food Security Marketplace
13 June 2014 09.30 The Climate Change and FoodSecurity Marketplace aims to bring together people working in different disciplines, sectors and geographic contexts, who are doing innovative and important work on climate change and food security and how these issues interconnect with poverty and inequality. The Marketplace has been designed to: Showcase current projects, research and enterprise in the field; provide a platform for open dialogue and focused networking; foster connections that could lead to new collaborations to increase resilience in food security and combat poverty and inequality. Well be starting off with a special keynote conversation with Dame Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards College and Sir Jonathan Porritt, founder of Forum for theFuture.

The main event will be a morning marketplace where we will have three rounds of short, dynamic presentations of current work in the field.All presentations will be ten minutes long, followed by ten minutes for questions. Presentations will happen in rounds, with several presentations happening simultaneously throughout the venue space. In the afternoon, we will providea space for focused networking. If you have any questions, or are interested in presenting your work at the Marketplace, please contact Anne Radl.

Buckingham House, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, Buckingham Rd, Cambridge, CB3 0DD, 09.30 to 15.00

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Register online if you wish to attend

 
6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture (WCCA)
22 June 2014 0900

The 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture (WCCA). Growers, researchers, policy makers and others interested in conservation agriculture are encouraged to attend the WCCA to network with peers from around the world, discuss policy affecting adoption of conservation practices and review the application of the latest research in the field.

With an anticipated audience of more than 600 people, the Congress program will maximize networking and interaction among presenters and attendees. The focus will be on dialogue, information exchange and exploration of new ideas. Concurrent session tracks will explore the following areas of conservation agriculture: Growing more with less the future of sustainable intensification; Weatherproofing agriculture - the adaption of farming practices to address climate variability; Increasing conservation adoption - how innovative technology and approaches can drive greater adoption of conservation systems around the world

Winnipeg Convention Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba. June 22-26, 2014

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Registration is now open 

 
Visit to Exmoor
07 July 2014 10.00 This weekend event will be from 7th to 9th July. Details to be announced later. Details to be announced

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Contact the TAA Southwest organisers to reserve a place. 
Conference: Biogeochemical Processes at Air-Soil-Water Interfaces and Environmental Protection
23 July 2014 10.00

The International Conference on "Biogeochemical Processes at Air-Soil-Water Interfaces and Environmental Protection, will be held in Imola (Italy), June 23-26, 2014. The general subject is split into the four areas: Concept, Factors, Processes, Techniques. The objective is to promote exchange and discussion on the complex processes occurring at the Air-Soil-Water interfaces in a perspective of environmental protection. The Conference is open for scientists, educators, policymakers, technicians and students. It will consist of invited lectures, scientific session with oral and poster presentation and a field and cultural excursion and will attempt to advocate interest on the importance of the knowledge of the biogeochemical processes for the environmental protection. Selected papers will be published on an international journal (EQA International Journal). This important scientific and social event will be hosted in Imola, a city of the Emilia-Romagna region, very rich in cultural and artistic heritage and a good reputation for an excellent "cuisine. 

Imola-Ravenna, Italy

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4th Annual World Congress of Agriculture
14 August 2014 0900 The 4th Annual World Congress of Agriculture, with the theme of "The Glorious Road from Tradition to Modernization", will be held August 14-16, 2014 in Hohhot, China. WCA-2014 will contain two subordinate conferences: BIT's 1st International Symposium on Forestry and BIT's 1st International Symposium on Animal Husbandry. For proposed themes click here.  WCA-2014 will focus on practical and advanced ideas. It will bring together industry leaders, investors, policy makers, scientists, researchers and other professionals working in the area of Agriculture and discuss the latest scientific advances in agriculture and future directions of the technologies. The program will highlight some recent breakthrough stories and successes in this particular field by organizing a plenary forum, 50 parallel scientific sessions, exhibition zone, poster section and social activities. Read more on Hohhot. Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. Actual venue yet to be confirmed

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Ms Hedy Yu,  Program Coordinator of thr Organizing Committee. Click here to register.

 
International Horticultural Congress 2014
17 August 2014 10.00

IHC2014 will provide you with opportunities to showcase your recent research findings, to advance our knowledge of horticultural science, management and conservation, and to exchange ideas with colleagues from many countries around the world. The five day scientific program will feature renowned international experts, and more than 1,600 oral and poster presentations addressing major Congress themes. Lastly, the Congress's social activities, displays and tours will showcase Australasian culture and food, as you experience Aussie hospitality and friendliness.

Brisbane in Queensland, Australia from the 17-22 August 2014.

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Registration can be completed online or by completing a hard copy form and all necessary information is available on the Congress website. Registration must be completed by 17 February 2014 in order to incur the early bird rates. Click here for more details.

 
4th Annual World Congress of Agriculture
12 September 2014 10.00 4th Annual World Congress of Agriculture (WCA-2014) with the theme of Accelerating Agriculture Modernization will be held during September 12~14, 2014. At the 3rd Annual World Congress of Agriculture (September 23-25, 2013) there were nearly 150 participants from more than 30 countries. WCA-2014 will emphasize on more practical and advanced ideas and will bring together industry leaders, investors, policy makers, scientists, researchers and other professionals working in the area of Agriculture and discuss the latest scientific advances in agriculture and future directions of the technologies. The program will highlight some recent breakthrough stories and successes in this particular field by organizing a plenary forum, 50 parallel scientific sessions, exhibition zone, poster section and social activities. More information about the WCA-2014, please click here
Changchun, China

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The early bird price is extended. Seats limited. Contact Programme Coordinator, Ms Hedy Yu, for more information.