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
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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13th International Conference on Dryland Development: Converting Drylands from Grey to Green
11 February 2019 10.00

The Conference will be held from 11-14 February 2019. It will be organized by The International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC) and hosted by ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, India, and by the Arid Zone Research Association of India (AZRAI), Jodhpur, India. For more details click here. Read more for the principle themes and sub themes of the Conference, which include climate change, land degradation/desertification, soil health, water harvesting, conservation & agro-biodiversity, sustainable intensification, livestock & agroforestry, post-harvet and value chains, renewable energy & mechanisation, policies and livelihood resilience of dry land communities.

The Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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Contact Dr. Mohan C. Saxena, Executive Secretary, IDDC. Or mail the committee. Use on line registration but this is currently difficult to understand!

16th Conference of the Brazilian National No-Till Federation
01 August 2018 08.30 This biennial conference is organized by the Federação Brasileira de Plantio Direto. It aims to contribute to a more productive and sustainable agriculture, with sharing of novel ideas. It will be held from 1st to 3rd August.

Read more…….. (in Portuguese)

Centro de Eventos Ari José Riedi, na Cidade de Sorriso-MT, Brazil.

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Contact us for more details

2018 No-Till Conference
04 September 2018 09.00

Are you interested in soil regeneration to increase sustainability on your farm? Then we invite all farmers, large and small – Fruit – Vegetable – Sugarcane – Dairy – Crop – Forestry to attend the 2018 No-Till Conference from 4 to 6 September 2018. Steve Groff from the USA is our Guest Speaker who will be conducting an in depth Cover Crop and Soil Fertility workshop. Read more …., see the programme

ATKV Drakensville Holiday Resort, Kwa-Zulu Natal, near Bergville 3350, South Africa

Registration. Contact for more information

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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Register on-line. Contact address 
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.  
3rd Agriculture & Climate Change Conference
24 March 2019 09.00

Join the 3rd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference to be held 24-26 March 2019. This conference will focus on the likely impact of climate change on crop production and explore approaches to maintain and increase crop productivity into the future. Topics will include: Modelling climate change and its application to agriculture; Climate change and increased agricultural uncertainty; Abiotic stress; Effects of CO2 on plant growth; Food security in developing countries; Impacts of climate change on nutrition, quality and resource use efficiency; Improving the efficiency of the food chain; Plant-microbe interactions and climate change; Reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change; Innovative breeding practices; New crops for a new climate. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are invited on the conference topics, submit online by 22 October 2018.

Novotel Budapest City, Budapest, Hungary

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6th International Conference on Sustainable Development
12 September 2018 08.00

The conference 12th & 13thSeptember) is organized bythe European Center of Sustainable Development, in collaboration with CIT University. It is inspired from the critical challenge of human, environmental, and economic sustainability concerning the present and future generations in a global-scale context. The theme will be "Creating a unified foundation forthe Sustainable Development: research, practice andeducation". This emphasizes the strong foundation that is provided by using research to inform our everydaypractices, policies, and analytical approaches. The 2018 Conference will once again provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, presentation of research findings, and discussion ofprofessional issues relevant to Sustainability Science. Abstracts welcomed In 1. Economic Sustainability; 2. Environmental Sustainability; 3. Socio-Cultural Sustainability. Read more ….. 

Roma Eventi, Congress Center, Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy

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To register, contact conference organizer

9th Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) Annual Meeting
23 October 2018 09.00

Hosted by the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of the Republic of Korea, 23-25 October, this year's meeting focuses on the topic of‘Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities: Developing Effective Partnerships in RAS’. It will provide you once again with an inspiring opportunity for extensive learning, fruitful exchanges and effective networking – that we hope will generate outcomes and recommendations that last much longer than the exciting exchanges at the meeting itself! Read more ......  Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this interactive gathering and provide your input to the parallel sessions, the market place and/or the shift and share sessions (short presentations)! Don’t forget to consider the opportunity to hold a side event on 22 October. The deadline for registration and the submission of input proposals is 31 July!

Headquarters of the Rural Development Administration, Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, Republic of Korea Register on-line. [Kindly forwarded by TAA member Karim Hussein, GFRAS Lausanne].  
ECHO E Africa Symposium: Best practices to improve nutrition in dryland areas
07 August 2018 09.00 You are invited by our institutional members ECHO East Africa to join the joint World Vision Tanzania - ECHO East Africa - Amaranth Institute Symposium. The symposium offers a valuable time of learning, information sharing and networking for those working and serving in dryland areas especially in the East Africa Region. Please us the link below to see the tentative topics to be covered Topics for presentation. Use the following link to offer a presentation: Presenter form - Nutrition in dryland areas. The programme will include: 6th August - Check-in and Fellowship; 7-9th August - Meeting Days; 10th August - Optional Post Symposium Tours, and Check-out. Naura Springs Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania

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Registering isdone simply online. For more information on local accommodation, click here.  For more info, contact Sophia Kasubi

ECHO International Agriculture Conference, Florida
13 November 2018 0700

The ECHO International Agriculture Conference, 13 – 15 November, is celebrating its 25th anniversary! They are thrilled to celebrate this milestone by highlighting you, our network members! We hope that you can join us this year, and share your stories! Read more details 

ECHO Asia and ECHO East Africa are both institutional members of TAA.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Fort Myers, Florida, USA

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Register on-line

International Conference on Agricultural and Food Science (ICAFS2018)
29 October 2018 08.00

The ICAFS2018) will be held October 29-30. It is co-organized by Asia-Pacific Association of Science, Engineering and Technology; Bahri Dağdaş International Agricultural Research Institute, and Celal Bayar University. It is designed to provide an innovative and comprehensive overview of biotechnology and bioengineering. Focus will be given to (1) Agronomy, Agriculture and Plant Biotechnology; (2) Animal Biotechnology, Veterinary and Livestock Science; (3) Aquiculture, Fishery and Marine Biotechnology; (4) Forestry Science and Wood Research; (5) Food Science; (6) Agriculture Sustainable, Resources & Environment; (7) Related Engineering, Economic & Management, etc. Read more ……….. .  You can submit a presentation abstract online at the Online Registration & Submission page.TAA has agreed to act as a ‘support affiliate’, entitling TAA members to a 15% discount.

Istanbul, Turkey

On-line registration is available. For further information, contact Ivan Sun 

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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International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture (ICCBSA)
13 December 2018 10.00

This conference, 13th to 16thDecember 2018, aims to bring together allstakeholders in a single platform to share knowledge, academic debate and to highlight climatic change, biodiversity, agricultural sustainability, research and academic activities being carried out in universities, research institutes, NGOs and corporate bodies across the globe. Sub-themes will include Climate change and natural resource management; Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services; Sustainable agriculture, horticulture animal and fisheries; Human health sustainability under changed climate; Gender IPR management. Organised by Assam Agricultural University and Prof HS Shrivastava Foundation for Science.Read more ….. 

Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam, NE India

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More information, registration and submission of papers/posters to Dr Ranjan Das;on-line registration

International Congress and Expo on Agriculture & Horticulture Conference
13 August 2018 09.00

ICEAH-2018, August 13-14, will have the theme ‘Enhancing Modern and Sustainable Agricultural Practices’. The main objectives will be to:

Facilitate opportunities for networking, collaboration and exchange of ideas with internationally renowned leaders in Agriculture & Horticulture.

Identify research and practice based innovations in optimizing Agriculture & Horticulture.

Debate gaps and priorities for sustainable development in optimizing Agriculture & Horticulture.

Discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities in the new era of optimizing Agriculture & Horticulture reforms.

Identify opportunities for evidence-based practice in optimizing Agriculture & Horticulture.

Read more …..  Submit an abstractTAA member, Benny Dembitzer, is Conference Chair. 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Register hereThriveni Jella, Conference Secretary.

International Rice Congress
14 October 2018 09.00

Held every four years, the International Rice Congress (IRC) is the world’s largest gathering of rice scientists, researchers, and rice industry experts and players to share the results of their work; intelligence on market trends, drivers, and developments; and together learn about factors that affect the rice industry and technologies in the short and long term.

This year's IRC focuses on Transformative Science for Food and Nutrition Security, and is organized around 8 themes which serve as the cornerstones of addressing critical development challenges in agriculture. The 4-day conference (14 – 17 October) will likewise feature innovative showcases and flash talks around these themes. Read more ….. or click here. 

Marina Bay Sands,10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

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Please register with IRRI, click here  
REAP Conference 2018: Agri-Tech East
07 November 2018 09.30

Is competitive, sustainable food production where agri-tech can make the most impact? Or should we concentrate our resources on land use for something we can’t buy cheaper elsewhere? High value crops to support a bio-economy? Novel forms of food production? Enhanced ecosystem services?

Agri-Tech East’s fifth REAP conference comes at a time of unprecedented change, uncertainty and challenge for the industry. We’ll be asking a number of technical experts with different perspectives what they think the future agri-food industry could look like and we will explore the exciting ideas and innovations that will take us there.

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

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Buy tickets on line.

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 AGM, Honours Awards and Social Reunion
11 December 2018 17.00

We look forward to welcoming members and friends to our AGM. The event will include the award of TAA Honours for 2018, followed by a presentations by the recipient of the ‘Development Agriculturalist’ recipient, as well as talks by recent TAAF awardee(s). A cash bar will be open. The event will conclude with our social reunion, accompanied by a fork supper, and a raffle. There will be a charge to cover room hire and the supper (payable on the night). More details will be posted in due course.

Royal Over-seas League, London SW1A 1LR

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Please reserve your place with Elizabeth Warham.  
TAA Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture: ‘Climate Risk Management in Sub-Saharan Agriculture
14 November 2018 17.30

This annual public lecture, co-hosted by TAA and the University of Reading, School of Agriculture, Policy & Development, will focus on the risks to small farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa resulting from climate change and other factors, and the means to mitigate them. The lecture will take the form of four short presentations by people specialised in assessing risks from the climatic and farming side and in provision of insurance for farmers. These will include (i) Olga Speckhardt - Head of Global Insurance Solutions - Syngenta Foundation; (ii)  Rosalind Cornforth - Director, Walker Institute - Reading University; (iii) Peter Dorward - Leader of the PICSA Programme - Walker Institute - Reading University. This will be followed by a panel discussion. The event will be chaired by Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, TAA President. The programme will commence at 17.30, with a networking meeting, followed by a welcome at 18.30 by Professor Julian Park, Head of School. The Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture event will commence at 18.40. The evening will conclude with a wine and finger buffet,19:40 – 21:00. Members, spouses and friends are welcome.

A separate afternoon tour of the University’s 'Museum of English Rural Life' is being arranged for TAA members and friends:


Reading University, Agriculture Building, Earley Gate, Reading RG6 6AR, UK

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Reserve your place for the lecture with Lynne Drew (tel: 0118 378 4549).

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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Contact TAA Southwest Organiser  
World Mountain Forum (WMF) 2018
23 October 2018 08.30

The University of Central Asia's (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute is pleased to announce this year’s WMF will be held October 23rd to 26th 2018.To contribute to the discussion, UCA invites the submission of contributionsaddressing one of four core themes of the Forum:

Climate Change Affecting Water and Energy in Mountain Areas

Poverty, Food Systems and Agrobiodiversity

Resilience and Transformation in Mountain Communities and Ecosystems

Investing in Mountains - Securing the Future

This Forum is the fourth in a series of WMF events and will be hosted by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support from the Government of Switzerland, the University of Central Asia, and the Aga Khan Foundation. Emerging drivers of global change are transforming mountain communities and ecosystems. The pronounced vulnerability of mountain people and ecosystems to the negative effects of global change make building adaptive capacity and resilience an urgent priority. Developing and identifying solutions to enhance mountain livelihoods and well-being in a sustainable manner must be built on inclusive, just, and environmentally friendly foundations to be sustainable in the long term. For more information, please visit the forum’s website at

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Registration is now open. Please register by July 29th 2018. Help desk