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
Groundswell: A No-Till Show and Conference
30 June 2016 09.30

Groundswell is a new farming conference, designed by farmers for farmers to educate and inform the industry about Zero Tillage techniques and soil conservation in arable and mixed farming situations.On a working No-Till farm in Hertfordshire, we are putting together a day with field scale demonstrations for direct drills and a conference with speakers sharing their experiences from around the world.There will also be a chance to see the rainfall simulator from the USA which gives an amazing insight into the effect that 2'' of rain can have on a range of British soils, and also some mob stocking demonstrations showing low input/high output grazing and the effect it can have on soil fertility on permanent and arable pasture situations. More details available here.

Lannock Manor Farm, Weston, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 7EE, United Kingdom; o9.30 to 16.30 Limited Tickets, on sale from 15th April 2016. Please Register Your Interest here now. 
Transdisplinary Research for Transformation in an African Context
30 June 2016 11.00

The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) invites you to a presentation by Mark Swilling, Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch; Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute and Co-Director of the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition. He will speak on inter-disciplinary research that is co-produced with (rather than for) societal actors in order to generate solutions to real-world problems. This proposition will be engaged and discussed with special reference to what it means to conduct this kind of research within an African context, with special reference to informal settlements in the South and Southern Africa. This will be done by reflecting on ten years of intensive explorations that have resulted in a body of work that will be taken forward by the recently established Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch. The implications for global efforts to mount transdisciplinary research to support sustainability transitions will be assessed from this contextually specific vantage point. Followed by a BBQ from 12:30pm.

Doubleday, Garden Organic, Wolston Lane, Ryton-On-Dunsmore, Coventry, Warwickshire CV8 3LG

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To book your place, contact CAWR office 

 
Curry Club Talk: A Brief History of Coffee - Travels and Travails of the Bonanza Bean
30 June 2016 11.00

Dr. Jim Waller will talk on coffee. Coffee is indigenous to Africa, but its real journey as a commodity began in Yemen. The Dutch and French were the prime movers in establishing the plant in new locations. Demand, especially in Europe, for the new stimulant increased trade and value. Coffee encountered fluctuating fortunes during its journey across the globe, due both to natural and anthropogenic causes. These resulted in changes both to the plant itself and the way it is grown so that in some countries the crop now bears little resemblance to the habit of its wild African relatives. This talk replaces the previously scheduled talk on Communications by Anna Jones.

Meet at 11.30 for registration and coffee. The talk will be followed by curry lunch (£14.00 per head) with a chance to relax and chat.
The Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, London, WC2R 1JA.

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Book your place with Terry Wiles. The £14.00 charge includes coffee, lunch and the venue hire.

 

 
TAA SW: Summer Visit to Wiltshire
04 July 2016 10.00

You are invited to join the TAA Southwest Branch’s 3-day Summer Visit to farms, businesses and places of interest in central Wiltshire. Draft Programme:

Monday 4th July. 10.00am: Meet at National Trust Avebury (at Stables entrance), introduction and guided tour of site followed by lunch. 2.00 pm: Visit to nearby farm involved in higher level stewardship. Check in to hotel in Calne. After dinner talk by member of Wiltshire Wild life Trust.

Tuesday 5th July. Morning: Visit arable farm SE of Marlborough, increasing dairy herd at the expense of his arable land! (to be confirmed). Midday: visit Crofton Pumping station on the Kennet and Avon canal with light lunch in the adjoining tea shop. Afternoon: visit a nearby farm involved with conservation farming. There will again be an evening talk by an invited guest.

Wednesday 6th July: Morning: visit to mixed farm near Calne followed by a visit to the Lackham College farm. Lunch. Afternoon: visit to the National Trust village of Lacock. 4.00 pm: Departure

Lansdowne Strand Hotel - Calne. Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th July

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Please make bookings direct with the Landsdowne hotel by email or phone 01249 812488, (mentioning TAA). Confirm hotel booking with Tim Roberts (or Tel: 01761 470455)

 
FarmRound 2016 - Showcase of job opportunities in Agri-Tech for early career members
05 July 2016 12.30

CambPlants Hub welcomes you to their Agri-Tech Careers Afternoon Showcase. This isa half day event including a keynote speaker, talks from industrialists about their careers, flash presentations from PhDs and Postdocs and time for discussion. There will be an ‘Industry fair’ where early career researchers can interact closely with industrialists by visiting a wide range of industry stands. Get inspired: sponsorship and industry stands, networking with Cambridge researchers; the future of research and development in Agri-Tech; career talks from Industrialists highlighting career options. Download programme here.

Queens College, Cambridge, CB3 9ET, UK. 12.30 to 19.00

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Register here (deadline:7 June 2016); contact Mariana Fazenda.

 
IDS 50th Anniversary Conference 'States, Markets and Society'
05 July 2016 09.15

This high profile 2-day conference will bring cutting-edge thinking, experience and reflection on States, markets and society in a reconfigured world: Defining a new era for development. Speakers include:

Mark Lowcock, Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development, UK

Luka Biong Deng, Director, University of Juba, South Sudan

Evelina Dagnino, Professor of Political Science, University of Campinas, Brazil

Mariana Mazzucato, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK

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Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RE. 5th & 6th July 2016

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Register now. One day or both days. Applications close 1st July.   
Book launch: The End of Desertification? Disputing environmental change in the drylands
08 July 2016 14.30

IIED welcome you to join the editors and several authors at an afternoon of drylands discussion, marking the launch of this new book, edited by Roy Behnke and Mike Mortimore (a TAA member). It brings together the latest evidence and thinking about dryland management, climate change and land use impacts. An international group of 20 authors from six continents questions the conventional wisdom on environmental degradation, and builds a new platform for policy debate. The complex human and ecological systems of arid and semi-arid regions of the world are analysed from a multi-disciplinary viewpoint. The book advances fresh insights in earth science affecting 35& of the world’s population and 41%of its land area. Paper copies of the book will be available. Panel discussions, speakers include: Prof Ian Scoones, Mike Mortimore, Roy Behnke, Mark Stafford-Smith, Saverio Kratli, Camilla Toulmin, and more. Drinks and nibbles from 17.00. 

Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2AB in William Goodenough room

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RSVP to mia.sejirmanova@iied.org by 28 June.  
Summer Garden Party, CAWR Coventry
13 July 2016 10.00 You are cordially invited to the Summer Garden Party 
to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the
 Centre for Agro-ecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR).

 The day long celebrations will include
two internationally renowned speakers:
 Dr Frances Moore Lappé and Kumi Naidoo. CAWR is an institutional member of TAA. Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, Ryton-on-Dunsmore,
Coventry, CV8 3LG, UK; 10:00 - 17:00

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Register here by Monday 27th June 2016.

 
Technological Innovations in ICT for Agriculture and Rural Development
15 July 2016 10.00

A majority of the poor in rural areas of the world primarily depend on the wages they earn through unskilled labour. In the event of inadequate labour demand or in the face of unpredictable crises like natural disaster or personal such as ill-health, their employment opportunities and livelihood are adversely affected. In this global scenario, the use of Information and Communication Technologies should solve the issues pertaining to poverty alleviation, unemployment, under employment, managing unskilled manual workers with short-term employment, making use of their available skill sets for irrigation, infrastructure building, reforestation, soil conservation, road construction etc. This International conference will present various innovative ideas on how to carry out income transfer to poor households during critical times through the use of ICT for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Department of Information Technology, Easwari Engineering College, Ramapuram, Chennai-89, India; 15-16 July

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Registration on-line

 
Advanced Course- Asia: Conservation Agriculture: Gateway for Sustainable Intensification of Smallholders
21 July 2016 10.00

Conservation Agriculture (CA) practices is increasingly accepted across the globe and are considered as harbingers for sustainable intensification of smallholder production systems. Its positive impact on natural resources, and adaptation to and mitigation of climate change effects are widely acknowledged. In Asia, CA is a relatively new introduction and hence capacity development is vital for development, adaptation and scaling-up CA-based technologies to achieve impact on smallholder farmers. This course on CA shall offer unique capacity development opportunity to the scientific community associated with natural resource management research for development. The course on CA was initiated during 2010 and is seventh in a series being organized by CIMMYT and BISA under the aegis of CGIAR Research Programmes on WHEAT, CCAFS, and in close collaboration Indian NARS (ICAR, PAU etc). The course links the advances and multidisciplinary approach for sustainable intensification of maize and wheat based system, restoration of natural resource degradation and climate resilient production systems with expertise across Asia, Africa and Americas. The course has become a regular flagship activity wherein selected young men and women CA researchers from NARS as well as international organizations and NGOs across Asia can be benefited.

CIMMYT-BISA Ludhiana, Punjab, India

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For application and other details contact: Dr ML Jat
(Sr. Cropping Systems Agronomist CIMMYT-SIP; Ph:+91-9999108787) 


 
International Dairy Summer School: Liverpool Vet School.
24 July 2016 09.00

The University of Liverpool’s veterinary school is once again hosting its very popular two week International Dairy Summer School for dairy entrepreneurs, early career researchers, managers and dairy farmers to equip them with advanced dairy farming knowledge and skills. The course is taking place on 24thJuly. The aims of the course are to train participants to come away with improved knowledge and ideas to implement on their farms at home to improve their dairy operations and therefore increase profitability of their farms. The training course covers modules in breeding strategies, improving nutrition and health of transition cows, young stock management, increasing efficiency and improving productivity. The course also covers how to improve milk quality for improving protein and fat contents required to process various dairy products. As a part of the course visits will be made to top performing UK dairy farms. The important element of sustainable dairy farming approaches will be demonstrated by spending time on the university dairy farm. The program also includes a visit to the world class Cheese and Dairy Show at Nantwich.

The University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus, Neston, CH64 7TE, UK. 24th July to 6th August 2016

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To register please download and complete the booking form and send it to cpdvets@liverpool.ac.ukwith your payment (deadline 10th June 2016). Contact Gill Beckett for more details +44 (0) 151 794 6016.

 
Discussion: Farming as a business
29 July 2016 09.00

The TAA Zambia/ Southern Africa Branch invites you to a discussion facilitated by an officer of the Zambia Cooperative Federation Technical.

St joseph Guest House, Catholic Diocese, along Broadway, Ndola, Zambia

Please contact Chris Kapembwe to reserve your place.

 
WASWAC World Conference III: new challenges and strategies of soil and water conservation
22 August 2016 10.00

Invitation by WASWAC to join the conference and to submit papers. The theme will be on new challenges and strategies of soil and water conservation in the changing world and sustainable management of soil and water resources. Selected papers could be published in International Soil and Water Conservation Research (ISWCR), Bulletin of Forestry, or other journals.

Perceived wisdom in the approach to evaluation, use and management of land resources is changing rapidly and dramatically. Past emphasis on land development focused on maximizing production and return from land use investment and planned against a background belief that suitable lands for expansion could always be found somewhere, is forced to give way to a more cautious approach - one that recognizes the finite extent of fertile land and the seemingly insatiable demands of a growing human population. Conference topics will include: New challenges to soil and water resources in condition of climate change; Land degradation processes and mechanism; Soil and water conservation strategies to adapt and mitigate climate change; Soil and water conservation measures benefits assessment; Sustainable watershed management; Social and economic aspects and policies related to soil and water conservation; Innovations and implemented global/regional/national projects in land conservation; Education in soil and water conservation.
Belgrade, Serbia. 22nd to 26th August 2016

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Registration €300 (€200 WASWAC members, €100 students). More details from the website or contact Conference Secretariat:
 Katarina Lazarevic

 
International Training and Study Tour on Technology Advances in Agricultural Production, Water and Nutrient Management
22 August 2016 09.00

IFDC invite you to improve your knowledge and understanding of recent technological advances in the areas of biotechnology, sensor-based irrigation, information management, precision agriculture and remote-sensing technologies. Become familiar with the farm-level impacts of each of these advances on water and nutrient management under changing climatic conditions. Get an opportunity to observe and discuss with other participants from many countries and backgrounds the practicality and economics of integrating these innovations into the mainstream of major crops. Be exposed to trends and challenges in the agricultural global market and see how farmers, agribusinesses and policymakers are adjusting to them by using state-of-the-art information and technology available for today’s agriculture production.

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Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. USA. August 22 – September 2, 2016

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Register on-lne. Contact: training@ifdc.org


 
Curry Club Talk: Technical Realities of GM Crops
25 August 2016 11.00 Dr John Pidgeon will talk on technical realities of GM crops, as a follow-up to Jonathan Shoham’s economist's talk earlier in the year. Meet at 11.00 for registration and coffee. The talk will be followed by curry lunch (£14.00 per head) with a chance to relax and chat.
NOTE: Date is 25th August, not 29th as erroneously shown previously.
The Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, London, WC2R 1JA.

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Book your place with Terry Wiles. The £14.00 charge includes coffee, lunch and the venue hire.

 

 
Conference: Agricultural Sciences and Food Technology for Sustainable Productivity and Nutritional Security
25 August 2016 10.00 International Conference. Agricultural productivity, nutritional security and environmental sustainability require urgent and utmost scientific intervention at regional, national and international levels. This conference aims to provide a forum for scientific deliberations and research collaborations on agricultural sciences and food technologies in order to achieve the most alarming millennium goals of increasing agricultural productivity, while ensuring nutritional security and environmental sustainability. Read more

University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. August 25-27, 2016.

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Registration and abstract submission is now open.This conference is for limited participants only on a first come, first served basis. Contact Prof. Dr. K.M. Harinikumar  
TAA Zambia Branch: AGM
26 August 2016 09.00

The TAA Zambia Branch invites you to their AGM, evaluation of the branch progress and the appointment of accountants.

St joseph Guest House, Catholic Diocese, along Broadway, Ndola, Zambia

Please contact Chris Kapembwe to reserve your place.

 
EcoSummit 2016 - Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change
29 August 2016 10.00

EcoSummit 2016 will centre on the ecology of terrestrial ecosystems and all habitats that are integrated within those ecosystems, including river networks, wetlands and coastlines. Focus will be placed on fragile ecosystems that are more likely to suffer the consequences of climate change and anthropogenic pressure. However, in the current context of an increasing world population, changes in social habit (increasing world consumerism) and climate change, it is evident that agriculture is being intensified but with a growing awareness of the need to preserve and use sustainably world resources. Therefore, we will also address how terrestrial restoration can be carried out when the massive demand for food results in fragile ecosystems, forests and marginal lands being turned over to agriculture. Abstract Submission deadline: 29 January 2016 

Le Corum, Montpellier, France. 29 August - 1 September 2016

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Register on line (early bird discounts before 8/4/16).

 
Tropical Agriculture Development Workshop: Introduction to small-scale livestock production in the Tropics
20 September 2016 09.00

Integrating animals into the small farm offers many opportunities for enhancing food production, ecosystem stability and socio-economic resilience. Livestock and poultry are considered extremely important components of sustainable smallholder farming systems, providing a range of valuable resources to farmers throughout the tropics in the form of food, income, manure and other services. This Small-Scale Livestock Production TAD will expose participants to the foundational principles of animal production in a tropical, small-scale farming context. Over three days, special attention will be given to the production of ruminants (cattle and goats), pigs, rabbits and poultry. Discussions and activities will include feeding systems, animal health and slaughter techniques.SeeEcho website for more details. 

ECHO Global Farm,17391 Durrance Road North Fort Myers, Florida 33917 USA. 20th to 22nd September

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The 3-day course costs $450.00, including dormitory lodging and food. ECHO cannot accommodate any dietary restrictions. Please register online.  Contact is Renee Gill 

 
13th Eurasian Grassland Conference
20 September 2016 09.00

Management and Conservation of Semi-natural grasslands: from theory to practice. This is the 13thannual meeting of the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG), which aims to promote exchange and collaboration between those interested in all aspects of grassland research and conservation across Eurasia. The conference is intended to bring together latest research, and to link this to practical management and policy contributing to the sustainability of semi-natural grasslands.The conference will include the following sessions: (i) Semi-natural grasslands and environmental policy and socio-economy; (ii) Landscape scale processes and historical evolution of semi-natural grasslands; (iii) Ecology and biodiversity of semi-natural grasslands; (iv) Management, conservation and restoration of semi-natural grasslands. There will be two optional pre-conference workshops andtwo field trips in local biodiversity hotspots. It is co-organized by EDGG, ADEPT Fundatia and the Babes-Bolyai University and supported by IAVS and European Forum for Nature Conservation and Pastoralism.

Sighisoara, Romania, 20-24 September 2016

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Please visit the web page for further information and registration.

 
Seminar: Women in Agriculture
23 September 2016 09.00 The TAA Zambia/ Southern Africa Branch invites you to a presentation by the Ministry of Gender St joseph Guest House, Catholic Diocese, along Broadway, Ndola, Zambia

Please contact Chris Kapembwe to reserve your place.

 
TAA SW Branch and Royal Agriculture University Conference
13 October 2016 10.00 The TAA SW Branch invites you to a full day conference at the RAU. The programme is under preparation. Details to follow.

Royal Agricultural University (RAU), Stroud Road, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK

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There will be a conference fee to cover lunch at RAU Refectory, morning & afternoon tea/coffee and contribution to speakers’ travel expenses. Please reserve a place with John Wibberley  
Sustainable Development of Soil and Water Resources in Nile Basin Countries
17 October 2016 10.00 Conference topics: Soil resources in Nile basin countries and optimum management to overcome the encountered problems; Cooperation between Nile basin countries to control desertification, erosion, degradation and soil pollution; Sustainable agricultural development of Nile basin countries; Hydrology of Nile River; Water policies in the Nile basin countries. Causes and sources of pollution of Nile River; Scientific cooperation between Nile basin countries to control water pollution; Enhancement of scientific research cooperation between institutions in Nile basin countries. Abstracts submission deadline: end of June 2016. Full texts should be submitted no later than 31 August 2016. Details will be published onIUSS website. Tiba Rose Plaza Hotel, Olympic Village of Air Defence Forces - NA Road Cairo, Egypt; October 17- 19, 2016.

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Registrationdetails will be published on the IUSS website.

 
Curry Club Talk: Cotton
27 October 2016 11.00

Talk by Damien Sanfilippino, Director of Standards of the Geneva-based 'Better Cotton Initiative'. Meet at 11.00 for registration and coffee. The talk will be followed by curry lunch (£14.00 per head) with a chance to relax and chat.

The Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, London, WC2R 1JA.

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Book your place with Terry Wiles. The £14.00 charge includes coffee, lunch and the venue hire.

 
Best Practices in Highland Areas Symposium
01 November 2016 10.00

ECHO East Africa Highlands (TAA Institutional member) invites you to their 2nd biennial symposium, entitled "Best practices of sustainable agriculture and livestock in highlands”. This will take place at ILRI in Addis Ababa. The call for presentations is now out, with a deadline of 30th September, 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be sent within a month from submission (by 15th October for late submissions). The language is English. We request your submission to include your theme title, a 3 sentences summary of the theme, and 3 sentences for your biodata to be included in the Symposium booklet. Read more ….

Have you registered with ECHOcommunity.org? (Communicate with Network Members; Find technical information and resources; Order seeds; Ask a question of our Technical Response Unit. Registration is easy and free! Click here to register.

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Addis Abeba, Ethiopia; 1st to 3rd November.

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Contact Erwin Kinsey ekinsey@echonet.org to submit material. For the Symposium, register here

 
Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture: Tim Wheeler
09 November 2016 18.00 Dr Tim Wheeler of NERC will speak on 'Climate Smart Agriculture'. Followed by buffet & wine reception. We are contemplating a pre-lecture workshop for students and early-career members to discuss the subject. The event is being hosted by TAA and Reading University School of Agriculture, Policy & Development. Full details to be published later Agriculture Building, Reading University, Earley Gate, Reading, UK

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There will be a charge for the reception. Contact details to be advised.  
REAP Conference 2016: Innovation for an Agricultural Revolution.
09 November 2016 09.30

This all-day conference forms part of Agri-Tech Week 2016 (7-11 Nov). Includes a start-up showcase sponsored by RoCRE Rothamsted. Perspectives on disruptive technology: technology that could radically change the industry. Speakers include Cambridge’s Prof Sir David Baulcombe and the CEO of NIAB, Tina Barsby. There will be a varied programme, including contributions from John Innes Centre, Rothamsted, NIAB, Lockhed Martin, Agri-Tech East, Midwestern BioAg, Cambridge Plant Sciences etc. Read more ....

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1RQ, UK

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Tickets (£200) obtainable on-line

 
ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2016
15 November 2016 09.00

This year marks the 23rd Anniversary of the ECHO International Agriculture Conference held in Fort Myers, FL! We hope that you will make plans to join us for this year's conference. The event brings together some of the world’s most influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives.

Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face the threat of starvation. The event offers an open exchange of information, connecting the people and ideas that can make a real and sustainable difference. (ECHO is an institutional/corporate member of TAA)

Crowne Plaza Hotel (13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers, Florida 33907) and the ECHO Global Farm, USA. November 15-17, 2016

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Conference: Sustainable Agriculture Development: Innovations Systems Approach for Agricultural Transformation in Africa
20 November 2016 09.00

The Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius will be hosting an this conference, in collaboration with the AFMA (Africa Farm Management Association) under the main theme: "Sustainable Agricultural Development: Innovation Systems Approach for Agricultural Transformation in Africa”. Sub themes will include: Sustainable Agriculture and organic farming; Food Safety, Food Security and Nutrition; Agribusiness and Farm Management; ICT in Agriculture and Agricultural Innovation Systems; Biotechnology and Technology Development; Climate change and Climate Smart Agriculture; Market Development for increased production & Agricultural trade policies. [Note that John Wibberley, TAA member and Prof at RAU, will be presenting a paper].

Le Meridien Hotel, Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius; 20th to 25th November 2016

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To register, please click here or follow link on the University of Mauritius website under highlights. AFMA contact is afmakorg@gmail.com

 
4th International Agronomy Congress
22 November 2016 09.30

The conference theme is: ‘Agronomy for sustainable management of natural resources, environment, energy and livelihood security to achieve Zero Hunger challenge’. The event is being hosted by the Indian Society of Agronomy and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, in collaboration with IARI, CIMMYT, IRRI, TAAS, ICARDA & NAAS. At the time of 3rd International Agronomy Congress held in New Delhi in November 2012, it was resolved to hold the 4th Congress to review progress and work out strategies to meet the challenges of food, nutrition, environment and livelihoods security by generating new opportunities through agronomic research. The Indian Society of Agronomy took the initiative to organize it, in order to maintain continuity and to provide an international platform to discuss the emerging issues.

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New Delhi, India. 22nd to 26th November 2016

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For registration, click hereContact Dr Mangi Lal Jat for more details. 

 
International Farmers’ Dialogue Conference
26 November 2016 09.00

You are invited to a Dialogue between Farmers in Cambodia: The theme will be the resilience of farmers and the future of the ASEAN farmers, looking forward to sharing, solidarity and cooperation. The Farmers' Dialogue in the Kingdom of Cambodia, is a collaboration between the International Farmers' Dialogue (FDI), Initiatives of Change Cambodia, The Khmer Foundation for Justice, Peace and Development and the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang. The conference aims are: Bringing together farmers and those interested in agriculture, of different races, religions and backgrounds to learn from each other; Learning from the life experiences of those who are involved in farming; Sharing best practices of agriculture, addressing the issues in farming families caused by  stress and instability, and learning how personal change can improve the lives of farming  families; Networking for developing projects for agriculture within the region.  Everyone will be expected to participate, sharing their experiences to create a successful conference. There is a special welcome to farmers from outside Cambodia!

Khemara Hotel, Battambang Province, Cambodia; 26 to 30 November 2016

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Conference fee USD 250. If you wish to donate funds to help those who can't pay the full amount, we would be very grateful. For further information, please contact: H.E. Son Soubert, Coordinator of FD/CAM  [Tel: (+855)12 707 402] or Dok Virak, Secretariat, FD/CAM [Tel: (+855) 77 407 000

 
TAA Caribbean Cruise and Island Visit
27 November 2016 0950

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the last intake of UK graduates to ICTA, TAA is organising a visit to th Caribbean. Taking part on a Thomson cruise will be an opportunity to learn about current developments of the islands' natural resources. CARDI, the Caribbean Agricultural Research Development Institute, will organise day visits off the ship to places of interest on various islands with an optional more in-depth 5 day stop over on the islands of Antigua and Montserrat where one of our members currently resides. For further information see the Caribbean Branch news of the TAA website and click through to the tour details.

Aboard the mv Discovery, sailing to and from Barbados Depart London Gatwick 9.50 am on Sunday 27th Nov. Visits to several islands with CARDI guides. Return 11th December

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Contact Tim Roberts  (or tel 01761 470455) asap for booking details and enquiries.  
Curry Club Talk: Topic to be decided
15 December 2016 11.00

The speaker and topic is still to be decided. Meet at 11.00 for registration and coffee. The talk will be followed by curry lunch (£14.00 per head) with a chance to relax and chat.

The Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, London, WC2R 1JA.

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Book your place with Terry Wiles. The £14.00 charge includes coffee, lunch and the venue hire.

 
The State of the World's Plants II
25 May 2017 09.30

Kew, a TAA Institutional member, invites you to the second 2-day annual symposium with key themes including: Threats toplant health; Climate change; Useful plants; Invasive plants; Protected areas; Extinction risk. Join us to take stock of the world’s plant diversity, research and trends, including impacts on agriculture. More details to follow.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, TW9 3DS, UK: 25 – 26 May 2017

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Fees will cover attendance, lunch and refreshments on both days and a drinks reception View website or email for more information nearer the time.

 
21st IFMA Congress 'Future Farming Systems'
02 July 2017 15.00

IFMA (International Farm Management Association) hold a week-long International Congress every other year which is organised, wherever possible, by the member organisation that covers Farm Management of the host country and a partner educational establishment. The IFMA Congress allows ideas, experiences, best practice and knowledge covering farm management and agricultural education/training to be exchanged through presentations, visits and demonstrations.

Programme: 2nd July - Registration and Welcome Event; 3rd July - Plenary Sessions, Workshops and Evening reception; 4th July - Field Trips; 5th July - Plenary Sessions, Workshops and Formal Dinner; 6th July - Field Trips, BBQ and Croquet Competition; 7th July - Plenary Sessions. Post Congress agricultural tour of the Highlands of Scotland, 8th to 14th July 2017.

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Enquiries from Richard and advanced registration form or contact Richard 

 
21st World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS)
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 website  RioCentro Exhibition and Convention Centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 12-17 August 2018

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Contact Flavio Camargo, Vice President Congress.