See below a list of up-coming events scheduled by TAA or by our partner organisations:

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Event Title Date Time Subject Details Venue Details Contact Details
DFID Alumni Association Seminar: Agricultural Development: What makes for success?
19 March 2018 14.00

This seminar will take place from 14.00 to 15.30. The session will be led by George Gwyer (TAA member), with inputs from Andrew Bennett (TAA President), and Michael Scott, all of whom previously worked in ODA’s Natural Resources Advisory Group.

The discussions will focus on George Gwyer’s book professional reflections in a book entitled Dilemmas in Development: Journeys of an Agricultural Economist, published in 2016 and available on Amazon. Specific issues that will be considered are as follows:

  • •What are the success stories of aid-assisted agriculture and rural development?
  • •What were their limitations?
  • •Case studies will include projects supporting irrigated agriculture in India and Pakistan, cash crop and rural development in Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean.
  • •What are the implications for DFID today?

Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences during the discussion.

DFID Office, 22 Whitehall, London SW1A 2EG, UK (Room RB.G13)

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To attend, please contact John Stuppel, Secretary to the DFID Alumni Association, by midday on Friday 16 March 2018.

International development opportunities for UK agri-science: APPG meeting
21 March 2018 16.30

A joint meeting (16.30-18.00) by the APPG on Agriculture & Food for Development with the APPG on Science and Technology in Agriculture, focusing on British agricultural science opportunities for international development. The meeting will be based on the recentPolicy Exchange report Global Britain, Global Solutions: How British R&D can transform international development.

Joint chairs: will be 
Julian Sturdy MP and Lord Cameron of Dillington. Speakers: (i) George Freeman MP, Chairman, Conservative Policy Forum; (ii) Jonathan Dupont, Economic and Social Policy Research Fellow, Policy Exchange; (iii) Dr Simon Vaughan, Head of Grants and International Programmes, Rothamsted Research; (iv) Duncan Barker, Livelihoods Adviser, Agriculture Research Team, DfID .

Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster, London, UK

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Please let Caspar Van Vark know if you wish to attend.

Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum: Global Food Challenge Summit
23 March 2018 09.00

Building on the inaugural Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum, 2018’s challenge summit will focus on driving forward global agri-food challenges and facilitating focused round table discussion on innovation policy and practices which help or hinder advancements in agri-food. Participation will be by invitation, although people who have not already been involved are welcome to apply. Places are limited to a maximum of 25 to each challenge workshop, of which there will be a maximum of four. Rothamsted Research is an institutional member of TAA.

Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden AL5 2JQ, UK

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Contact Asmaa Shariff for invitations 

Curry Club Talk - Cecilia Benda on farming in Sahel & Horn of Africa
29 March 2018 11.00

TAA Member Cecilia Benda will talk on the subject of Improving vulnerable people’s livelihoods and resilience in the drylands of the Sahel and Horn of Africa. This will be an overview of the principal agriculture and livestock activities of Concern Worldwide in working with the most vulnerable people. She will draw on examples from Niger, Chad, Sudan, Kenya and Somalia, with a focus on Concern’s work on resilience to address climate change, population growth and inequalities. Their work is undertaken in direct partnership with the poorest people in their target countries, enabling them to improve their lives. Concern uses its wide experience to influence local, national and international decisions to reduce extremes of poverty through short-term relief during humanitarian crises as well as long-term development. increasingly supporting the nexus between emergency and development through resilience and disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities.

Cecilia Benda (MSc Hons) has been the Agriculture and NRM Advisor with Concern Worldwide since June 2016 supporting Concern countries in the Sahel and Horn of Africa. With 10 years of experience in working in sustainable agriculture for smallholders, food security, resilience and the management of natural resources, she provides technical and managerial leadership in food and livelihood security projects and in the monitoring, evaluation and learning processes, mainly in southern and eastern Africa, Horn of Africa and the Sahel.
Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA, UK

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£15 per head to include coffee, curry lunch and use of the meeting venue and facilities. Book your place with Terry Wiles.

Workshop on Agrarian Crisis
03 April 2018 10.00

Farmers in India have been in deep distress over the last few decades as agriculture has been made systematically unviable as a means of living. Farmer suicides are only the extreme symptom of a much deeper underlying crisis that has gripped agriculture. The agrarian crisis has many dimensions to it- economic, environmental, social and political. How do we unearth the roots of this crisis? And is there a way forward? What kind of policies should one demand for a guaranteed income for farmers, and what kind of international trade in agriculture would benefit farmers rather than exploit us? The reclamation and defense of the sovereignty of farming communities - over seeds, water, land, forests, territories and knowledge - is therefore the main political anchor for articulating the rights of farmers. These and other issues will be the focus of this workshop from 3rd to 7thApril. Read more ….. .

Sambhaavnaa Institute, Kandbari, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Curry Club talk: Peter Thorne ‘Don’t Forget the Livestock’ (rescheduled)
03 May 2018 11.00 The role of livestock in mixed farming systems in securing the livelihoods of the rural poor in developing countries is often seen as a secondary consideration in the quest for food security. The tendency has been to focus on increased production / productivity of staple food crops and improved nutrition through crop and diet diversification. When livestock do make it onto development agendas there is a tendency to focus on their negative impacts on the environment; most notably through their contribution to global GHG emissions and undesirable land-use changes. Guess what? - it’s not that simple. GHG emissions vary enormously with the type of system, not always in ways that might be anticipated and with hugely differing implications depending on the assessment criteria used. It is not well understood that in poor households it is often livestock that are the key to delivering a diversified diet for improved nutrition. Most significantly, livestock - because of their multiple functions and the ways in which they influence crop production - are the lynchpin without which numerous smallholder mixed farming systems would cease to exist.

Peter Thorne originally joined the Tropical Products Institute (TPI). Since then his research interests broadened to cover systems simulation modelling and the role of livestock in mixed farming systems. He has worked independently and for a number of research organisations, most recently the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). His work has taken him to more than 40 countries, mostly in East Africa, South Asia and the Pacific Islands. Over the last six years Peter has coordinated USAID’s Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian Highlands to validate and promote technologies for sustainable intensification of highland, mixed farming systems. He is currently a member of the External Advisory Board to USAID’s Sustainable Intensification Innovation Laboratory – and a member of TAA.

Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA

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  £15 per head to include coffee, curry lunch and use of the meeting venue and facilities. Book your place with Terry Wile  
TAA seminar: Improving rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses
09 May 2018 13.30

The TAA East Anglia Branch Annual Seminar will focus on reducing crop losses, especially in E Africa. The event is being co-hosted by Cambridge University’s Global Food Security initiative and CamPlantsHub. There will be two presentations, with time for Q&A discussions.

  • Dr Philip Taylor will speak on the work of CABI’s Plantwise programme and how it supports smallholder farmers. The aim of Plantwise is to increase food security and improve rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses.
  • Luke Braidwood (Plant Sciences PhD researcher) will talk on maize lethal necrosis, a viral condition which has been spreading around East Africa over the last 5-10 years. He has been characterising the East African outbreak and developing GM maize lines which should hopefully be resistant (the mechanism is amiRNAs).

We are arranging a tour of the David Attenborough Building (DAB) after the seminar (maximum 15 people). The DAB is home to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), housing many important NGOs in the conservation field.

Seminar Room (1.25a), David Attenborough Building, off Pembroke St, Cambridge, UK

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Please register with Eventbrite, more information from East Anglia Convenor.

International Symposium on Soil Health and Sustainable Development
24 May 2018 09.00

Through the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), FAO, the Beijing Municipal Agriculture Bureau and theBeijing Soil Fertilizer Extension Service Stationhave agreed to co-organize the three day (24-26 May 2018) International Symposium on Soil health and Sustainable Development – A Strategy for "The Belt and Road”, as a contribution to the promotion of sustainable soil management along this major project proposal, advocating establishment of soil protection laws, systems and mechanisms in countries along the Belt and Road, through the implementation of the VGSSM providing a common platform for experts. At the end of the symposium, it is expected to announce" The Belt and Road healthy soils declaration" and the main symposium output will be a policy-oriented document based on scientific evidence showing the pathways toward SSM implementation and highlighting success stories and technological innovations in this field. The document will provide specific recommendations for adopting, up-scaling and supporting SSM. The symposium is expected to serve as a platform for enhancing collaboration and synergies to move SSM forward and achieve implementation in countries along the Belt and Road and all the other regions of the world. Read more ....

Beijing, China   For more information, please contact the  
GIIDAE Alumni Lecture, featuring guest speaker James Deane
30 May 2018 18.30 The Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE)invites TAA members to this first lecture, to be delivered by James Deane, Director of Policy and Research at BBC Media Action. This special event is designed to bring students, past and present, together as we debate key issues of the 21st century. Hosted by Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading, James Deane will deliver a lecture entitled: 'From HIV to Climate Adaptation', outlining how social and behavioural change communication has evolved over more than three decades. He will highlight where they have succeeded and failed, and why the increasing complex and rapidly evolving field of communication, media and development holds great potential for the future.  Agriculture Building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, RG6 6AR, UK

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Please register now with Sarah Cardey, or on line. The event is free to attend but places are limited. 

Course: Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation for Learning, IDS
04 June 2018 09.00

Increasingly, development implementing organisations are using complexity-aware, learning-based approaches to design and drive their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems. This enables practitioners better to understand how change actually happens and impact is achieved in real time in complex social change contexts – so as to use M&E to fuel impact. There is also growing awareness of the need for downward accountability and supporting greater feedback from those engaging in interventions to those designing and funding them. The course, 4 to 8 June 2018, aims to equip development planners and practitioners with the knowledge and skills more effectively to design and improveM&E systems and move towards a participatory learning practice within projects, programmes and their organisations.
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Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Library Road, Falmer, Brighton, UK

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Apply on-line. Application deadline:11 February 2018.

TAA Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture: New technologes for the small family farm in developing countries
11 June 2018 18.00

The 2018 Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture will be held in London at Portcullis House at the House of Commons.The event will be jointly hosted by the APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development and TAA. Dr Elizabeth Warham, of TAA, will give the lecture entitled 'Game Changing Technologies for the Development and Future of the Family Farm'.

The event will be opened and introduced by Dr Andrew Bennett, the President of TAA, and chaired by Lord Cameron of Dillingham the Chairman of the APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development. Participants are invited to drinks and light refreshment following the lecture.

Mc Millan Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, London UK ['E' on the map below]

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Formal invitations for this prestigious eventwill be issued soon. Meantime, please make a note in your diary. Attendance will be limited to about 60 people.   
1st International Conference on Water Security
17 June 2018 10,00

This conference, 17-20 June 2018, will allow academics, thinkers and practitioners from around the world to present, discuss and highlight the key issues and directions from a scientific perspective, including data needs, and how data can be acquired, successful public and private sector business models in different settings, and what the knowledge gaps are. The conference provides a forum for in-person meetings to complement the journal Water Security, which focuses on review and synthesis articles covering the field. Oral, poster and workshop abstracts are invited on the conference topics and should be submitted using the online abstract submission system.

Hyatt Regency Toronto, Toronto, Canada

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Earlyregistration by 23 March 2018.

Groundswell Conference & Field Event 2018
27 June 2018 09.30

The next Groundswell conference and field event will be 27th and 28th June 2018. Groundswell’s mission is to promote understanding and disseminate factual information on no-till and regenerative agriculture within the UK. Groundswell is an independent farming conference, designed 'by farmers for farmers' to focus on emerging methods of soil regeneration, reducing inputs and increasing profitability in arable and mixed farming situations.On a working no-till farm within a mile of the A1(M) in Hertfordshire, the Cherry family put together a two day conference with speakers sharing their experiences from around the world.

Lannock Manor Farm, Junction 9 (A1(M)), Hertfordshire, SG4 7EE, UK

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Register for updates and booking details. Contact for more details. 

21st World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS), Brazil
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 websiteThe organization team has prepared a pre-congress tour, two congress tours and seven post-congress tours to different locations in Brazil. 

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RioCentro Exhibition and Convention Centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 12-17 August 2018

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Contact Flavio Camargo, Vice President Congress.  
21st International Soil Tillage Research Organization (ISTRO) Conference
24 September 2018 09.00

Invitation to participate in the Conference, which will be held from 24th to 27th September 2018. Soil, a living skin covering the earth, can be regarded as the mother of all living things, while tillage is the mechanical manipulation of soil to specifically promote and enhance crop growth. Civilizations have used soil and tillage throughout their varied histories. Now with the challenge of food security and climate change, soil and tillage researchers must develop sustainable agriculture and protect the environment. The 21st ISTRO Conference is an excellent opportunity to present research, share ideas and obtain new perspectives in soil and tillage research that will meet these challenges. Read more ….. Includes a four day post-conference tour.

Cité Universitaire Internationale,17 Boulevard Jourdan – 75014 PARIS, France

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Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture
09 October 2018 09.00

The aim of 2ACCA, 9th to 12thOctober, is to bring together expert knowledge, information, and insights from practitioners from across different sectors and interest groups at all levels of agriculture development in the public, private and civil sectors. This diversity of knowledge and stakeholders is essential to:

·Enable the desired multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral development of CA as a core production component of climate-smart agriculture; and

· Achieve sustained mobilization of policy, institutional and community support to accelerate the widespread adoption and management of CA as a core element of the expanding climate-smart food and agriculture systems in Africa.

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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TAA SW Branch and Royal Agriculture University Conference
18 October 2018 10.00 Tentative topic Food Chain Linkages: Locavores, Preservation, Storage & Minimising Wastage.
Details to follow.
RAU, Cirencester, UK

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International Conference on Agricultural and Food Sciences
26 November 2018 09.00 We are delighted to welcome you to for the Agripace 2018 conference 26th to 28th November. This will focus especially on collaborations among agriculture and food sector researchers, industrialists and professors to share trans-disciplinary integrative thinking to produce profitable & sustainable Agriculture. Based on your expertise in this area, we would like to welcome you to serve at the position of honourable Organizing Committee Memberfor Agripace 2018. Also, we would be glad to invite you to deliver a talk as a Plenary Speakerat this conference, submit your abstract on-line. For more details on conference sessions and programme, visit the event website:. We would be glad to receive your acceptance response in regards to inform you more about the conference in details and hence the benefits that you will avail as an OCMmember. Note that TAA member Benny Dembitzer is a member of the organizing committee. For any further queries, do not hesitate to contact Jojo Joseph
Scientific Program Coordinator 
Agripace 2018 Bangkok, Thailand (venue to be decided)

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13th International Conference on Development of Drylands: Converting Grey Areas into Green
11 February 2019 10.00

This is the first announcement for the conference being organized by the International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC), ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, India and the Arid Zone Research Association of India (AZRAI), Jodhpur, India, co-sponsored by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and other Indian and international agencies. The conference will run from 11th to 14th February 2019. Read more …… 

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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