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
'Towards a shared mountain agenda in Africa' : deadline to register 15th August
22 October 2014 08.30

The African Mountains Regional Forum, 2014, presents 'Towards a shared mountain agenda in Africa'. African mountains provide indispensable goods and services for communities living in and around them, and for various downstream users. Mountains also harbour unique biodiversity, provide non-timber forest products: water, food and energy security at local, national, and regional levels. However, pressure from increasing human activities and climate change are leading to rapid montane biodiversity loss, land degradation and natural disasters, jeopardizing their ability to balance peoples needs. Addressing these issues, this 1st is being jointly organised by Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) member ARCOS (Albertine Rift Conservation Society) and the Africa Mountain Partnership members: the East Africa Community, the United Nations Environment Programme, Austrian Development cooperation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. It will be part of the global programme "Promoting sustainable mountain development for global change (SMD4GC)".

Arusha, Tanzania; 22nd - 24th October 2014

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The registration deadline is 15th August. 

Celebrating the African Union Year of Agriculture and Food Security
23 October 2014 10.00 The African Smallholder Farmer Group and the African Diaspora for the Development of African Agriculture invite you to a special Parliamentary event. Speakers: HE Rhoda Peace Tumusiime (African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture), David Kennedy (Director General for Economic Growth, Department for International Development), David Adama (Coordinator - Public Financing for Agriculture, ActionAid International, and member of the Non-States Actor Group under CAADP). Lord Cameron of Dillington will be the Chair and opening remarks from Jeremy Lefroy MP, International Development Committee Member. The keynote speeches will be followed by light refreshments. Inter-Parliamentary Union Room, 10.00-12.00. Please use the Cromwell Green visitor entrance (7 on map) and remember to leave time to go through security (approx 20 minutes). The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Room is off Westminster Hall.

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RSVP: Lis Wallace, Coordinator APPG on Agriculture & Food for Development. Tel:020 7219 6079

ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium
28 October 2014 14.00 This three day sharing event will draw participants from all across East Africa to address issues of sustainable intensification.ECHO prefers presentations with practical information for cross-organizational learning which may be of use to enhance farmers' knowledge and capacity to increase food & fuel & fodder production and incomes using low external inputs, while not increasing land under cultivation but intensifying and using resources more efficiently, reducing waste/erosion, and enhancing the environment. Click here for more details. Click Here for Guidelines if you are interested in displaying a Poster at this Symposium. Modestly priced rooms at Training Centre (contact Minani Elysee . and many hotel options in Bujumbura check Kinindo Training Centre (known as the Swedish Centre Training Centre), Bujumbura, Burundi. 28th-30th October 2014

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: ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium Registration  
Food riots or food rights?
29 October 2014 16.00 Meeting jointly hosted by the APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development, APPG for Debt, Aid and Trade and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). The green revolution and global markets were supposed to make hunger history. So why did thousands of people in dozens of countries take to the streets when world food prices spiked in 2008 and 2011? Ten years after the FAOs Right to Food Guidelines were introduced, are food riots the surest route to securing the right to food in the 21st century? Based on DFID-ESRC funded research into food riots and right-to-food movements in India, Mozambique, Kenya and Bangladesh, this meeting will convene a high-level panel to examine why and how citizens across the world, including in the UK, are taking direct action to claim their right to food. Speakers: Flavio Valente, Secretary General of the FoodFirst Information and Action Network (FIAN); Raj Patel, activist, author, food policy expert and Research Professor at the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas;Celestine Nyamu-Musembi, University of Nairobi; Biraj Patnaik, Indian Right to Food Movement; Naomi Hossain, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies. Chair: Lord Cameron of Dillington. Committee Room 11, House of Commons, Westminster, SW1A 0AA. 16.00 to 18.00. Use the Cromwell Green (Visitor) Entrance and allow 20 minutes to pass security. Point 8 on location map

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Master Class on Facilitating Multi-Stakeholder Workshops, Delhi
03 November 2014 09.00

STADD: Innovation & Capacity Enhancement, in collaboration with Asian Management Institute, Bangkok, announces a training course in capacity development directed at strengthening capacities of professionals working in the field of international cooperation. The 5-day workshop will be conducted in New Delhi. It will deliver learning to those involved as trainers to raise the bar on aspects of facilitation and moderation crucial to training delivery. Trainer: Dr. Ulrich Grtner. Read more. The event is being managed by Sanjeev Vasudev, Organiser of the TAA India Branch.

Hotel Four Points by Sheraton - New Delhi, India. 3rd 7th November 2014

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Fee: € 1150 (covers course fee, material folder of key documents and a CD on Facilitation/Moderation). To register or seek further information please write to

Launch Event of Humanitarian Centres themed year, 'Empowered Voices' 2014 - 2015
04 November 2014 18.30

The event is part of the 13th Edition of the Cambridge African Film Festival. The event,"Visions to be Heard: Empowering Young Africans through Film",comprises of a drinks reception, the screening of a selection of short filmsfrom a number of different organisations and ends with a discussion panel and Q&A.

The drinks reception is solely for our member organisations, such as TAA, to come andcelebrate this exciting and fresh themed year. As space is limited for the reception, only one person from each member organisations is possible.For the rest of the event, we welcome as many members from your organisationas possible. More detailed information about the event, including the films to be screened and the organisations involved, can be found here. Member organisations are welcome to display publicity materials at the event.

Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 1TQ UK. 18.30 to 21.00

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For the reception, please RSVP by 24th October 2014 by clickinghere. If you wish to attend the main event, please click this link ASAP. Events & Project Coordinator, Emily Brocklebank for more info.

A seat at the table? Ensuring smallholder farmers are heard in public-private partnerships
04 November 2014 16.30

The APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development and the Fairtrade Foundation Invite you to a panel discussion. Chair Heidi Alexander MP with Tim Aldred (Head of Policy and Research, Fairtrade Foundation); David Bright (Head of Economic Justice Programming, Oxfam GB); Ewan Reid (Technical Director, Matthew Algie & Company Ltd)

Agricultural public-private partnerships (PPPs) joint initiatives between public and private sector actors are an increasingly common part of the development toolbox. The UK government has committed £395 million to one such initiative, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which aims to bring 500 million people out of poverty in the next decade. Many PPPs claim that they will improve the lives of smallholder farmers, but do they really work, and are they worth such large investments? A seat at the table?, the Fairtrade Foundations study of four agricultural PPPs in Africa, found examples of PPPs failing to engage effectively with smallholders and, in some cases, actually aggravate inequalities and even exacerbate poverty. Oxfam has also published a report: Moral Hazard? 'Mega' public-private partnerships in African agriculture. This argues that large-scale agricultural PPPs are unproven and that other tried and tested investment approaches may offer a better chance of helping the poorest. This panel discussion will bring together parliamentarians, government, business and civil societyto look at the lessons that can be learnt from these studies and ask what more can be done to ensure that agricultural PPPs work for smallholder farmers.

Committee Room 4A, Houses of Parliament, London. 16:30 18:30. Please use the Cromwell Green visitor entrance (point 8 on the map). We advise leaving at least 20 minutes to get through security

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RSVP: Henry Green at Fairtrade 

World Water Summit, London
06 November 2014 08.30

Don't miss out on the chance to hear prominent representatives from the public, private and NGO sectors at the inaugural World Water Summit talk about the world water crisis and how to start acting. More information on Brochure, Programme and Speakers

Networkwith 150 attendees from across the globe to discuss how countries and companies can make better use of their water resources.

Hearfrom high-profile experts including Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General,United Nations, Yvo de Boer , Director General, Global Green Growth Initiative and Brian Arbogast, Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Find outwhat senior representatives from the non-for-profit, public and private sectors think we need to do to take the food/water/energy nexus beyond being just a catchy buzzword.

Buildmulti-sector partnerships - learn about how the public sector, civil society and the private sector will drive progress on water management through multi-sector collaboration.
The Crystal, One Siemens Brothers Way, London E16 1GB, UK. 08.30 to 18.00

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Prices for charities start from £695. >> REGISTER YOUR PLACE TODAY  
Is There a World Water Crisis Looming?
06 November 2014 08.30

The Economist Events'invite you to join us for our inaugural World Water Summit, 08.30 17.30 November 6th. With agriculture, homes, factories and offices consuming water in ever greater quantities, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that by 2030, nearly half the world's population could face a scarcity of water, with demand outstripping supply by 40%. As water plays a crucial role in all segments of nature, society and economy, access to water will become a fundamental issue to individuals, governments, companies and ecosystems. Joining us to discuss how to handle a potential water crisis in a collaborative and proactive fashion will be the community's leading thinkers on water policy, management, irrigation, technology, economic development, sanitation and hygiene and water-related risks.

Many leading Speakers will present papers as part of a comprehensive Programme. For more information please download the latest brochure

The Crystal in London, One Siemens Brothers Way,
E16 1GB, UK.

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Register Your Place by September 5th and you will benefit from our early booking rates. Prices start from £649 - Register Now

Curry Lunch Talks: Private sector involvement in smallholder agribusiness
07 November 2014 11.00

The talk planned for Friday 31st October has been changed to the following week on Friday 7th November. We are fortunate to have a double billing with short presentations, by two up-and-coming young TAA members, on private sector involvement in smallholder agribusiness.

Matthew Sullivan, a Project Manager with Farm Africa, will present: "Big business engagement in the supply chain with Ugandan smallholder sorghum growers, a sustainable relationship?, and Richard Bliault from Tutunze Kahawa Ltd, will present: "Private sector involvement: bringing Tanzanian smallholder coffee growers into the international supply chain. (Richard is the 2014 nominee for TAA Young Development Agriculturalist of the Year).

The event will commence at 11am with coffee, followed by the presentations and discussion. The curry lunch is scheduled for 1.15. Price for the day, including lunch, is £13. The lunch will be followed by a meeting of the Agribusiness Group, all welcome.

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

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Please contact Terry Wiles to reserve your place and book lunch.    
Management of Groundwater Resources for Irrigation and Co-users
07 November 2014 10.30

Groundwater resources provide an important mechanism for balancing the supply of water to meet local needs. The consequences of mining groundwater resources for immediate benefit are well known; however, across large tracts of Africa for instance groundwater provides a significant source, available for those that understand how to abstract it. The one-day meeting will focus and debate on optimising how groundwater resources are managed. The subject was recently debated at the meetings on Groundwater, climate change and poverty reduction and Africas hidden water held back in March in ODI, London, that promoted discussion about different perspectives of using groundwater to promote agricultural growth and food security. Since then more progress has been made with the NERC/ESRC/DFID UPGro Programme a major investment in facilitating the use of groundwater resources to promote development and alleviate poverty.

ICE, One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA. 10.30-17.00

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There are limited spaces so booking early is essential by logging onto the ICE website.

ECHO International Agriculture Conference and Post-Conference Workshop
18 November 2014 10.00 The 21st ECHO International Agriculture Conference will be held in duringNovember 18-20. Additionally, apost-conference workshop, featuring courses on biochar, cross cultural competency and perennial crops/food forests, will be held at the ECHO Farm duringNovember 21. Click for details Fort Myers, Florida, USA, at Crowne Plaza

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National Soil Symposium
25 November 2014 0830 The Soil Association is set to support International Year of Soils 2015. It will make a major push next year to increase public understanding of the role of soil. The Association will host a major event: find out details about the National Soil Symposium. There will be key presentations, dinner and post-dinner entertainment. St Johns Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull, West Midlands B91 1ATSolihull, West Midlands, UK

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To book your place, visit the Soil Association website

Seminar: Crop protection advances and challenges
08 December 2014 13.00 The Scotland & North of England Branch of TAA welcome you to a seminar on Crop protection advances and challenges. More details to follow later.
Newcastle University; 13.00 to 17.00

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Contact John Gowing for more details and bookings 

Congress on adapting food production to a changing climate
09 December 2014 09.00 The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) Congress on Adapting Food Production to Changing Climate offers a unique opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary examination of strategies and priorities for sustaining domestic and global productivity. The American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference facility at 2000 Florida Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. USA. 9th - 10th Dec 2014.

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Register on-line, $200 per person.
AGM, Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture & Reunion
10 December 2014 17.00 The TAA will hold its Annual General Meeting, Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture and annual reunion at the Royal Over-seas League, commencing at 17.00. After the AGM, a short presentation will be made by a TAAF awardee. This will be followed at 18.30 by the 32nd Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture given by Mike Bushell of Syngenta Research on "Improving Smallholder Agriculture: how technology and other factors have contributed to improvements".  The cash bar will be open and a hot buffet dinner will be served. 

Dr Mike Bushell is the Principal Scientific Advisor for Syngenta, a world leader in plant science. Mike has a chemistry background, with a PhD from Liverpool and the University of California at Davis and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Following postdoctoral studies at Cambridge, he joined ICI in 1980, based at Jealotts Hill International Research Centre in Berkshire. He has held a variety of technical leadership and management roles over more than 30 years, including Head of R&T Projects, Head of Discovery, Head of External Partnerships and Head of Jealotts Hill, one of the worlds leading R&D centres for innovation in agriculture. He is also the secretary to the Syngenta Technology Advisory Board. Mike has served on many external industry bodies, government and university advisory boards, including the Food Research Partnership, the BBSRC Strategy Panels for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, the Biosciences KTN and the Green Economy Council. Mike was recently appointed as a Visiting Professor at Nottingham University and to the Board of Trustees for the SCI.

Royal Over-seas League, Piccadilly, London SW1A 1LR, UK. Nearest tube is Green Park.

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There will be a charge of £25 per person for the buffet. Please contact Elizabeth Warham to confirm attendance. Cheques made payable to the Tropical Agriculture Association, can be sent in advance to: Elizabeth Warham, General Secretary, TAA, PO Box 3, Pennicuik, Midlothian, EH26 0RX. Payment will be accepted on the night. All are welcome.

Common Agricultural Policy - next steps for implementation and supporting the rural economy
11 December 2014 08.30

On 11 July 2013, the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum held an event on Implementing the Common Agricultural Policy and the future of UK farming. They are now holding a follow-up seminar on 11 December 2014 on the same topic but entitled Common Agricultural Policy - next steps for implementation and supporting the rural economy. TAA members will be welcome. Please follow this link for details of the event.

Houses of Parliament, central London. 09.00-13.00

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To book click here (£210 standard price). For more information, contact Morgan Rise, Stakeholder Research Officer, 01344 864796. 

CCF Annual Symposium
08 January 2015 09.00 CCF's 16th Annual Symposium will be held on Thursday 8th January 2015 at the Judge Business School. Full details will be published nearer the time. The Judge Business School, Trumpington Rd, Cambridge Contact details will be announced later 
Southwest Group AGM & Winter meeting
08 January 2015 10.00 The TAA Southwest Group welcomes you to their AGM & Winter meeting and lunch. Before lunch, Keith Virgo (TAA Chairman) will outline the vision, activities and benefits of TAA through a visual presentation of the website. After lunch, he will talk about his Indian community-based tourism enterprise 'Village Ways' , up-dating an earlier talk, with focus on photos and farming. Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE. 10.00 - 16.00

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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  
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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Seminar on Global Food Security to 2050
14 May 2015 14.00 Provisional announcement for a joint TAA-CambPlant-Humanitarian Centre- CCF seminar on theme 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. Hughes Hall, Pavilion Room, Cambridge TAA East Anglia Group. Contact Keith Virgo for more details. 
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