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
Mitigating a major food security crisis in West Africa: he impact of Ebola on agriculture and rural livelihoods
02 February 2015 18.30 The APPG on Agriculture and Food for Developmentand the APPG AfricaInvite you to a panel discussion with Arif Husain (Chief Economist, World Food Programme), and Larissa Pelham (Emergency Food Security & Vulnerable Livelihoods Adviser, Oxfam). Further speaker(s) to be confirmed. Chair: Lord Chidgey. In 2014 the Famine Early Warning Network predicted that, if the Ebola outbreak continued unabated, West Africa could experience a major food crisis by early this year. The Ebola outbreak resulted in a serious shock to the agriculture and food sectors in 2014. The epidemic started spreading when crops were being planted and expanded during the crop maintenance and critical harvesting period for the staple crops rice, maize and cassava. As a result, food insecurity and the number of people at risk of food deprivation and undernourishment are rapidly growing. This event will bring together experts to discuss the current assessment of the situation and the action already being taken to prevent a major food security crisis in West Africa. As well as talking about the response to date, panelists will make their recommendations as to the actions required going forward by governments, donors and NGOs. Houses of Parliament, London, UK. Committee Room 10; 16:30 17:30. Please allow at least 20 minutes for security at the Cromwell Green Visitor Entrance.

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Please note that space is limited, please RSVP if you intend to come to: baileyh@parliament.uk

 
Launch of the Global Panels Bio-fortification Policy Brief, APPG
02 February 2015 18.00

The APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development, The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition and HarvestPlusinvite you to a panel discussion, with John Beddington (Co-Chair of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition), Howarth Bouis (Director, HarvestPlus), Professor Andrew Westby(Director, Natural Resource Institute and Professor of Food Technology), Dr Janneke Balk (Project Leader, The John Innes Centre),with Lord Cameron of Dillington (Chair). Bio-fortification represents one approach to enhancing the availability of vitamins and minerals for nutritionally vulnerable people, whose diets are deficient in these nutrients. It involves crop breeding to raise the nutrient content of crops, like grains, beans or tubers, such that they deliver more of a specific micronutrient. The newly launched policy brief by the Global Panel lays out the technical evidence and arguments for considering support for bio-fortification as one element of a nutrient-sensitive national agricultural research and investment strategy. Read more 

Houses of Parliament, London. Committee Room 4A; 18:00 20:00. Please allow at least 20 minutes for security at the Cromwell Green Visitor Entrance; 18:00 20:00

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RSVP: lis.wallace@parliament.uk, Tel:020 7219 6079, Coordinator of the APPG on Agriculture & Food for Development.

 
ECHO East Africa Biennial Symposium
03 February 2015 10.00 Please freely encourage other colleagues in the wider Africa region to attend. ECHO's online link will havethe details about this valuable biannual time of learning, information sharing and networking among those working and serving in the East Africa Region.Three mornings of plenary sessions, featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers, will be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts. Topics are currently being discussed for the event. 

TAA members will be welcome to submit presenter forms.
Arusha, Tanzania. 3rd - 5th February 2015.

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Details of registration will be posted on the ECHO website  
Potential of No-till Systems for Arable Farmers (Agrii & Harpur Adams Uni)
10 February 2015 10.30

No-till arable systems have the potential to address the economic and environmental interacting challenges of sustainable intensification, namely to reduce costs of labour, fuel and machinery, to reduce GHG emissions, and to increase carbon sequestration. This study assesses the potential for no-till arable systems in the UK, and uses UK farm case studies where no-till systems have already been adopted. It also identifies gaps in knowledge where further research is required. Programme includes welcome by Chairman Professor David Leaverand Introduction to Throws Farm Technology Centre Agriis research and innovation facility by David Langton, Agrii (Head of crop science). Potential of No-till Systems for Arable Farmers - Professor Dick Godwin; Professor Godwin and the Case Study Farmers featured in the Report; Overview of the Soil & Water Centre at Harper Adams University (Prof Shane Ward). 12.45 Lunch. Four parallel workshops participants will be able to attend all four on half hourly rotations.15.30 General assembly and conclusion.

Throws Farm Technology Centre Stebbing, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 3AQ, UK. 01371 856431. 10.30-15.45

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Annual International Rural Development Seminar: Legumes, sustainable agriculture & food security
11 February 2015 0930

Postgraduate students at RAU are arranging a seminar on the role of legumes in sustainability and cordially invite members of TAA. Speaker include Dr Irene Mueller-Harvey, University of Reading on bioactive legumes for animal nutrition and sustainability; Ian Wilkinson, Managing Director & Sam Lane, Technical Advisor, Cotswold Grass Seeds Direct; Peter Smith, Arable Crops Director, Wherry & Sons Ltd on UK pulse crop utilisation and international markets; Dr Claire Domoney, John Innes Centre on genetic approaches to improved seed quality traits in UK pulse crops; Dr Phillip Poole, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford  on N-fixation by legumes and its transfer to cereals;
Dr Miriam Gifford, Associate Professor, University of Warwick on using plant plasticity to study nodulation in legumes. Question & answer session and finish by 17.00.


Boutflour Hall, Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS, UK

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Admission is free. To register go to www.eventbrite.co.uk & search for seminar legumes or click here

 
Climate change and food security, IIED
12 February 2015 16.00

The international Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) would like to invite you to seminar led by John Ingram, Food Systems Programme Leader, University of Oxfords Environmental Change Institute (ECI). This is our first 2015 Critical Theme, where John Ingram will discuss food and nutrition security and environmental change. John will introduce some of the impacts of crossing these boundaries and the factors that determine consumption patterns and sustainability metrics. This will be discussed in relation to the multiple roles of the food chain and the quantity and quality of food produced. This will be brought back to link to environmental issues in the context of broader food system sustainability metrics also related to social aspects and business, introducing and discussing these in relation to their relevance to different stages of the food chain, and the varying world views of food system actors. Improving understanding food system governance arrangements will be central to increasing food system sustainability. [IIED is a corporate member of TAA].

IIED, 80-86 Gray's Inn Road London WC1X 8NH; Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 7399. 16:00 18:00

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For further details on the topic and information on how to register, visit the IIED website 

 
Soilless Gardening India Expo and Conference
14 February 2015 10.00 The only event dedicated to soilless growing industry in India: Soilless Gardening India Expo and Conference. This will gather together the entire hydroponics sector of India and will become a meeting place for foreign equipment and service suppliers and local growers. 

The organisers request support by TAA members for this unique opportunity. India is estimated as one of the most promising developing markets and therefore attracts the attention of the major players from the horticulture field. If you believe that this event will be of interest, please attend. TAA is an official 'supporter' of the event. Epicentre at Apparel House, Gurgaon, Haryana, India. February 14-15 2015

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RSVP to Soilless Gardening Team

 
Curry Club lunchtime talk "50 Years of International Development: a personal view" (TAA L&SEB)
26 February 2015 11.30

The 4th Curry Club talk will be presented by Keith Virgo, Chairman of TAA, on "50 Years of International Development: a personal view withreflections on policies, trends and fads affecting rural development projects. The 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 lunch is about £13. Book your place with Terry Wiles

 
Conference on Mainstreaming Agro-Ecological Approaches in Farming , India
01 March 2015 10.00

The conference is being organized by Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Indian Society for Agro-Ecology. Agro-ecological approaches are increasing being recognised as the way forward for the food, nutritional security and livelihood security of the small and marginal farmers across the world. In this approach, ecological practices to increase productivity, improve soil fertility and address climate change go hand in hand with the empowerment of small-scale family farmers, both men and women. While there are thousands of models across India and lakhs of farmers adopting such practices, mainstream agricultural research and extension systems are as yet sceptical about agro-ecological approaches. This scepticism is hindering the investments in research and further scaling up of the existing models..The main objectives of the conference are (i) To provide a forum for taking stock of the current state of science and practices of agro-ecology, as well as for initiatives across the country, (ii) to understand the contributions of agro-ecological approaches towards economic, social and environmental sustainability of small and marginal farmers, (iii) to develop a policy framework for consideration of state and national governments

This is the first call for abstracts of papers in the following areas: Cropping Systems, Soil Health, Water Management, Pest/Disease Management, Crop Improvement and Seed Breeding, Integrated Farming Systems, Profitability through Agro-Ecological Approaches and Socio-Economic Empowerment through Agro-Ecology. Submission of Abstracts: 15thDecember, 2014; Submission of Final papers of the shortlisted abstracts: 15thJanuary, 2015.
Chandigarh, Punjab, India. 1st and 2nd March, 2015

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Submit your abstracts to agroecology@csa-india.org. For any clarifications call Ramoo on +91 90 006 99702 or visit the website

 
Planning for Climate Change Conference
12 March 2015 0900

Following on from the success of our Inaugural conference in December 2014, the Planning for Climate Change Conference Teamis staging a Conferences entitled 'Planning for Climate Change'. Details can be found at the Conference website . The key focus will be to debate and discuss the key issues that face Communities when it comes to adapting to climate change and addressing the problems and opportunities that Climate Change brings. We plan to have up to 10 speakers plus up to 100 delegates.

Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin, Eire

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To register as a delegate, or a speaker in London in June or in Dublin in March please email here.

 
2nd Beating Famine Conference
14 April 2015 10.00

World Vision Malawi and World Vision Australia, in partnership with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), are excited to announce a second Beating Famine conference, leading on from the success of the First Beating Famine conference held in Nairobi, Kenya in April 2012. Showcasing leading global land restoration techniques and with an international delegation of world class speakers.

The conference provides a platform to: (i) Stimulate stakeholders awareness and action to adopt cost effective high impact techniques to address food insecurity; (ii) Build resilience and create robust productive farming systems in a changing climate; (iii) Share learning and best practices to beat famine.

Bingu wa Mutharika International Conference Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi; 14-17 April

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Seminar on Global Food Security to 2050
14 May 2015 14.00 Provisional announcement for a seminar to be organised by TAA East Anglia, in collaboration with-CambPlant, Humanitarian Centre, Cambridge Conservation Forum and the University's Global Food Security Strategic Initiative. The theme will be of assuring food security to 2015, including implications for climate change and biodiversity loss. Two presentations proposed: (a) managing the demand side and (b) ensuring sustainable agriculture from the supply side. More details will be posted shortly. Hughes Hall, Pavilion Room, Cambridge TAA East Anglia Group. Contact Keith Virgo for more details.  
Spring school on mapping and assessment of soils, ISRIC
18 May 2015 10.00 ISRIC - World Soil Information will organise a Spring School on digital soil mapping, soil assessment and classification for soil and environmental scientists, students, soil experts and professionals in natural resources management. This spring school is a contribution to the Global Soil Partnership implementation. It will consist of two five-day courses that are run in parallel. Wageningen Campus, the Netherlands, 18 to 22 May 2015

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ISCO 2015 conference
31 May 2015 15.00

The 18th ISCO conference theme is "Achieving sustainability through conservation in a changing world. Topics to include: Soil conservation for mitigation and adaptation to a changing climate: sustainable solutions; Impacts of soil erosion and conservation on soil health and organic carbon sequestration; Conservation agriculture; Basic soil erosion (processes, mechanisms, modeling); 
Socio-economic dimensions of soil conservation; Sustainable intensification of food production; Soil degradation (salinization, sodification, desertification);
 Soil conservation in non-agricultural settings (urban and forestry).

It will include a mid-week technical tour of soil and water conservation research projects at the USDA Jornada Experimental Range and to the coolness of the Sacramento Mountains to look at post-fire soil stabilization projects.

Deadlines: 15/11/2014, early registration opens;16/02/2015, abstract submission deadline;15/03/ 2015, early registration closes;
01/05/2015, last day to register.

El Paso, Texas, USA; May 31st to June 5th 2015

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Contact and information available from Scott Van Pelt or via the website

 
10th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture, Reading
08 June 2015 18.00 The TAA Hugh Bunting memorial lecture, will be presented by Trevor Nicholls, CEO of the Commonwealth Agriculture Bureau International (CABI), under the title: "Going the extra mile:  helping smallholder farmers obtain the knowledge they need to lose less and grow more"
Trevor has been Chief Executive Officer of CABI since 2005. Under his leadership, CABI has defined its mission as the strengthening of global capacity to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. The organisation has developed a strategic focus on providing knowledge to enable poor rural farmers in the developing world to grow more, raise quality and increase income. Trevor is also a non-executive director of three biotech companies. His career has covered experience of building international businesses in the genomics and life science industries, serving major pharmaceutical, biotech and academic clients. He has broad experience of initiating change and restructuring organisations, Trevor holds a BA and D.Phil in Biochemistry from the University of York and Diploma qualifications in Marketing (CIM) and Company Directorship (IoD)
The event starts with an Introduction by Professor Julian Park, Head of School. There will be a buffet and wine reception, starting at 20.00, for which a £10.00 donation per head will be appreciated.  
John Madejski LectureTheatre, Agriculture Building, Earley Gate, University of Reading RG6 6AH, UK

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RSVP to: Mrs Linda McCarthy  tel: 0118 378 4549).

 
Cambridge Conservation Forum Summer Symposium
25 June 2015 09.00 All day event with lunch and post-symposium drinks. Full details nearer the time. Judge Business School, Trumpington Road, Cambridge Booking details later. 
Planning for Climate Change Conference
25 June 2015 0900 Following on from the success of our Inaugural conference in December 2014, the Planning for Climate Change Conference Team is organizing a follow-up. Details can be found at the Conference website. The key focus will be to debate and discuss the key issues that face Communities when it comes to adapting to climate change and addressing the problems and opportunities that Climate Change brings. We plan to have up to 10 speakers plus up to 100 delegates. The University of London, UK

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International Soil Conference on Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security
17 August 2015 0900 The Land Development Department, a long-standing government agency of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand that successfully runs a well known "Volunteer Soil-Doctor Program and promotes sustainable soil management for food security and the well-being of farmers, cordially invites scientists from developing and developed countries and academia, as well as practitioners, policy makers, and interested persons to participate in the "International Conference on Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security. This conference is part of the activities to celebrate the International Year of Soils (IYS), it aims to welcome contributions (oral presentations and posters) from delegates to exchange views and experiences about sustainable uses of soils in order to secure the food production for our societies. Abstract submission deadline: 15 February. For more information, click here Regent Cha Am Beach Resort Phetchaburi, Thailand. August 17-20, 2015

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Soil functions and climate change- do we underestimate the consequences of new disequilibria in soil properties? Sustain
23 September 2015 10.00

Welcome to the international congress about soil functions and climate change, which needs our utmost attention, because thermal and hydraulic impacts on coupled hydraulic, chemical and biological processes under various land-use systems will alter soil properties enormously in the future.

The key role of soil structure, its functions and its expected changes under various climatic conditions must be analyzed in more detail in order to define the boundary conditions for reliable predictions in a changing environment and/or for a more precise definition of prediction model input parameters which must be available for a reliable analysis of soil and environmental properties and functions. This first congress -SUSTAIN- will deal with such interactions and necessary topics in soil physics, chemistry, biology and coupled processes which will become essential for a more reliable prediction of future soil processes and functions. IUSS Conference on the International Year of Soils and the 350thAnniversary of Christian Albrechts University.

Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany, 23-25.Sept 2015

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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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