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
Conference: Transforming the way we eat, farm and care for the natural world
08 October 2014 09.30

This year the Soil Association conference is all about bringing together the many people who want to learn more about how we can tackle some of the big issues in our food and farming systems. As well as a thought provoking programme, with plenty of inspiring case studies to illustrate the theory, we have made more time for meeting and talking.and partying, of course! We have kept the ticket price as low as possible in the hope that everyone will feel able to come. So do book soon, as although we want everyone there, there wont be room! As ever, the conference is a chance to meet old friends and make new ones at our now famous organic supper, drinks and ceilidh. The Organic Awards 2014 ceremony will be presented by Hardeep Singh Kohli. Read more 

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EY. 8th & 9th October 2014

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Click here to book, Helen Browning, Chief Executive, Soil Association

2014 Global Hunger Index launch
13 October 2014 19.00 Concern Worldwide invites you to the launch of the 2014 "Global Hunger Index Report: The Challenge of Hidden Hunger". Read more Londons Living Room, City Hall, The Queens Walk, London SE1 2AA; 19:00pm-21:00pm

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Register and book a place on-line.

From the Lab to the Field: delivering agriculture technologies to smallholder farmers
13 October 2014 16.15 The APPG Agriculture & Food for Development invites you to this seminar. There is a common belief that before smallholder farmers can increase their productivity, more research must be conducted to develop new seed varieties and agricultural practices. In reality, however, there are many technological innovations that have already been done or researched and that are sitting in the lab and not being taken to scale, thus not making it into the hands of the men and women managing small farms or small scale primary production, who need it the most. Innovating around the distribution of agricultural technologies is one of the most powerful things that can be done to increase smallholder farmer productivity. Speakers will be Stephanie Hanson, Senior Vice President of Policy and Partnerships, One Acre Fund and David Bright, Head of Economic Justice Programming, Oxfam GB. Chairwill be Lord Boateng. 

Houses of Parliament, London. Committee Room 4; 16:15 18:00. Enter via Cromwell Green visitor entrance and leave time to go through security (approx 20 mins).

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

Seminar on 'Agriculture & Conflict - Food & Peace'
16 October 2014 10.00 Joint seminar by TAA SW Group and RAU, with a focus on agriculture in conflict zones. A varied range of speakers, with practical experience of conflict zones will make short presentations. The programme starts at 10.00 with Registration, followed by a Welcome & Introduction by the Chairman, Prof. John Wibberley. Then there will be a series of short presentations by a series of speakers, including Dr Muna Ismail (Yeheb: indigenous food in the Horn of Africa affected by Conflict and Land Degradation); Mr Nathan Kiyaga (Agriculture in Northern Uganda Conflict, Consequences & Advocacy); Dr Brian Wood (The Population & Demography dimension an Elephant in the Room?); Mr Dominic Morris (Agriculture, Conflict & Policy); Prof. Mike Mortimore (Food & Peace the challenge of the drylands, especially N. Nigeria). From 3.30-4.00 there will be a Panel Forum: questions will be invited from the newly arrived RAU postgraduate students in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security, in International Rural Development etc. The Chairman will sum up at 4.00 pm. Departure 4.15. Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, UK. GL7 6JS. Venue: Boutflour Conference Hall. Car parking through Stroud Road (A419) entrance 1 mile west of Cirencester town (

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RSVP through TAA SW Group Coordinators: Tim Roberts. Registration fee of £20 per head to cover lunch ticket (with choices through RAU Refectory), plus morning and afternoon tea/coffee, and to contribute to speakers travel expenses. Lunch will be served in the RAU Refectory: non-RAU delegates show tickets issued at registration.  
'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. 

Lunch Time Curry Lunch Talk
25 October 2014 11.30 The TAA London & SE Group welcome you to their 2nd lunch time talk. The speaker and topic are to be announced. Coffee will be provided at the start and curry lunch will be served after the talk, £12.00 per head. Hotel Strand Continental, 143 The Strand, London WC2R 1JA

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Please contact Terry Wiles to reserve your place and reserve lunch.   
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  
Curry Lunch Talk
31 October 2014 11.30 The London & SE Group plan the second Curry Lunch Talk. The speaker is to be confirmed. These events take place on the last Friday of every other month  Hotel Strand Continental, The Strand, London

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Contact Terry Wiles for bookings 
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

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

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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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. 

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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RSVP to John Wibberley  
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 
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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RSVP to Soilless Gardening Team

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