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
"Agricultural challenges in the Horn of Africa": Bicton Seminar, TAA SW
07 May 2015 10.00 The Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust (BOAT), which is supported by the TAA, is holding their annual Bicton seminar on 7th May, with the theme "Agricultural challenges in the Horn of Africa". This seminar forms part of the annual 6 week residential course run by BOAT for senior staff managing Agricultural Training Institutes and Rural Development Projects in the developing world, particularly Africa. Details will be published later. However, if anyone who has experience in the region and who is keen to participate, please contact us. Bicton College, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7BH. 10.00 to 16.00 on 7th May 2015.

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For more information and booking, please email David Wendover 

10th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture and University Met Dept visit, Reading
08 June 2015 16.00 The TAA Hugh Bunting memorial lecture, will commence with an Introduction by Professor Julian Park, Head of School.  The lecture will be presented by Trevor Nicholls, CEO of the Commonwealth Agriculture Bureau International (CABI), under the title: "Going the extra mile:  helping smallholder farmers obtain the knowledge they need to lose less and grow more"Trevor has been Chief Executive Officer of CABI since 2005. Under his leadership, CABI has defined its mission as the strengthening of global capacity to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. The organisation has developed a strategic focus on providing knowledge to enable poor rural farmers in the developing world to grow more, raise quality and increase income. Trevor is also a non-executive director of three biotech companies. His career has covered experience of building international businesses in the genomics and life science industries, serving major pharmaceutical, biotech and academic clients. He has broad experience of initiating change and restructuring organisations, Trevor holds a BA and D.Phil in Biochemistry from the University of York and Diploma qualifications in Marketing (CIM) and Company Directorship (IoD). 
This year, the HBML will be preceded by a visit to the nearby University Dept of Meteorology, commencing at 16.00. Meet at the Ag Building. There will be tea before the start of the lecture. We hope members and friends will be able to join this 'double-bill'.
There will be a buffet and wine reception, starting at 20.00, for which a £10.00 donation per head will be appreciated.  
John Madejski LectureTheatre, Agriculture Building, Earley Gate, University of Reading RG6 6AH, UK

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RSVP to: Mrs Linda McCarthy  tel: 0118 378 4549).

18th ISCO Conference: Achieving Sustainability Through Conservation In a Changing World
31 May 2015 09.00

The 18thInternational Soil Conservation Organization (ISCO) Conferencewill be held in El Paso, Texas, USA from May 31 June 5, 2015. You may find details for all facets of this exciting conference and submit your abstracts at our conference website 0 0 1 72 417 Consultancy 3 1 488 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE We are anticipating a stimulating time of exchange and new ideas as we meet in old El Paso. Also, our Wednesday technical tour promises to broaden our horizons as we tour conservation research and projects in southern New Mexico from the desert rangeland to the mountain forests. Time is running out! Please submit your abstracts and register today and reserve your room at the conference hotel for just $99.00 per night USD by using the promotional code ISCO in the reservation form.

Radisson Hotel El Paso Airport
, 1770 Airway Blvd, 
El Paso, TX 79925
TEL: (915) 772-3333.

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Register online. you need an invitation letter for your visa application please contact Scott at ISCO.

2nd Beating Famine Conference
14 April 2015 10.00

World Vision Malawi and World Vision Australia, in partnership with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), are excited to announce a second Beating Famine conference, leading on from the success of the First Beating Famine conference held in Nairobi, Kenya in April 2012. Showcasing leading global land restoration techniques and with an international delegation of world class speakers.

The conference provides a platform to: (i) Stimulate stakeholders awareness and action to adopt cost effective high impact techniques to address food insecurity; (ii) Build resilience and create robust productive farming systems in a changing climate; (iii) Share learning and best practices to beat famine.

Bingu wa Mutharika International Conference Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi; 14-17 April

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2nd International Global Food Security Conference, NY
11 October 2015 10.00 The conference aims to deliver state-of-the-art analysis, inspiring visions and innovative research methods arising from research in any of a wide range of disciplines. Join us in this exciting opportunity to ensure that the best science is garnered to support the emergence of the Sustainable Development Goals. Deadline for abstracts 8th May 2015, click here. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.11-14 October 2015

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African Celebration Meeting of the International Year of Soil
23 November 2015 10.00

28th Bi-annual Conference of the Soil Science Society of East Africa (SSSEA) & African Celebration Meeting of the International Year of Soil

Theme: Soils and Land Use for Climate Smart Agriculture. Deadline for abstract submission: 30 July, 2015; full papers in electronic version to be submitted by 30thOctober 2015.
Morogoro, Tanzania, November 23-27, 2015 For further information contact the Organizing Committee SSSEA at 
Conservation Agriculture in the UK: farm walk Lincolnshire (TAA Land Husbandry)
06 June 2015 10.00

The TAA Land Husbandry Group invites you to join a Farm Walk with Tony and Ruth Reynolds, to see at first hand their no-till farming system that, since 2003, has meant no mechanical movement of soil to grow crops, with organic mulch cover and crop rotation

10:00 Gather at Thurlby Grange; Tea/Coffee

11:00 Presentation by Tony Reynolds

12:30 Buffet lunch

13:30 Farm tour, followed by tea and questions, 16:00 departure.

Thurlby Grange Farms, Thurlby, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 0EA. 2 km south of Bourne on the A15. The farm drive is directly to the East side of the A15. The nearest train station is Peterborough.

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If you wish to participate please contact Amir Kassam. There will be room for up to 30 visitors. [If you get lost on the day, please call Tony on his Mobile 07740 824028].


Curry Club lunchtime talk Artemisia annua against malaria (TAA L&SEB)
29 October 2015 11.30

The Curry Club talk will be presented by Antony Ellman, TAA member, on "Artemesia annua against malaria: a smallholder remedy that works!. The event will commence with coffee from 11.30, followed by the presentation and discussion, with curry lunch scheduled for 13.30.

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

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Price for the day, including excellent coffees and lunch is £14. Book your place with Terry Wiles

Curry Club lunchtime talk Genes, Jeans and Bollworms (TAA L&SEB)
30 April 2015 11.30 The 5th Curry Club talk will be presented by Graham Matthews, on "Genes, Jeans and Bollworms: the changing world of cottonThe event will commence with coffee from 11.30, followed by the presentation and discussion, with curry lunch scheduled for 13.30. India Club, Hotel Strand Continental, 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA, UK

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Price for the day, including excellent coffees and lunch is £14. Book your place withTerry Wiles

Curry Club lunchtime talk Machine Harvesting of Tea (TAA L&SEB)
27 August 2015 11.30

The 6th Curry Club talk will be presented by Nigel Melican of Tea Craft and TAA member, on "Machine Harvesting of Tea: curse or cure.The event will commence with coffee from 11.30, followed by the presentation and discussion, with curry lunch scheduled for 13.30.

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

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Price for the day, including excellent coffees and lunch is £14. Book your place with Terry Wiles

Help us beat Famine in Southern Africa: 4-day conference
14 April 2015 10.00 The Southern Africa Beating FamineConference ,April 14th-17th,2015,is an unmissable opportunity to engage with a wide array of development organisations involved in promoting food security and climate change resilience. It will be a chance to learn about the latest techniques being used to regenerate land in order to improve livelihoods! Engage with a network of development organisations We are excited to announce that the UN Convention on Combatting Desertification and Land Degradation (UNCCD), the African Union, the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank, and the African Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance (ACSAA) will be co-sponsors of the conference. The ACSAA will be showcasing the tools and techniques that will empower 25 million smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2025. Learn from world-class speakers. The conference will bring together world-class speakers from a wide range of fields and organizations, including the World Resources Institute, the CGIAR, and international NGOs. Dont miss this unique opportunity to network with such a wide range of policymakers, development specialists, researchers, lecturers, NGOs, technical experts, donors, farmers and community members. Bingu International Conference Centre, Chilembwe Lilongwe, Malawi

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Click here to  to register your attendance or e-mail  for more information. Hosted by World Vision and The World Agroforestry Centre. Join Twitter: #BeatingFamine.  
Innovations in funding Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
15 April 2015 10.00

The Oxford Real Farming Conference and Funding for Enlightened Agriculture invite you to join a meeting on "How can social finance support Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?Join Michael Norton (+ others TBC) to discuss what innovative funding models are there to support community farming, whether community shares are the way forward and how CSAs can take advantage of the social investment tax relief (SITR). (CSA is a partnership between farmers and the local community, in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared).

Arts at the Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ, UK

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International Soil Conference on Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security
17 August 2015 0900 The Land Development Department, a long-standing government agency of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand that successfully runs a well known "Volunteer Soil-Doctor Program and promotes sustainable soil management for food security and the well-being of farmers, cordially invites scientists from developing and developed countries and academia, as well as practitioners, policy makers, and interested persons to participate in the "International Conference on Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security. This conference is part of the activities to celebrate the International Year of Soils (IYS), it aims to welcome contributions (oral presentations and posters) from delegates to exchange views and experiences about sustainable uses of soils in order to secure the food production for our societies. Abstract submission deadline: 15 February. For more information, click here Regent Cha Am Beach Resort Phetchaburi, Thailand. August 17-20, 2015

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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

Meeting the challenges of food security: innovation, sustainability and international collaboration.
14 July 2015 09.00

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar, with Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Security, European Commission; Lindsay Harris, Deputy Director, Food Security & Food Standards, Food Policy Unit, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and Professor Tim Wheeler, Department for International Development; Gregory Barrow, UN World Food Programme; Kirsty Lewis, Met Office; Dr Yuelai Lu, Secretariat of UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network and University of East Anglia; Dr Philip Newton, Food and Environment Research Agency; Nick von Westenholz, Crop Protection Agency and Peter Melchett, The Soil Association. To be chaired by: Lord Deben, Chair, Committee on Climate Change and Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agro Ecology. The focus will be key policy priorities for food security, innovation and sustainability both internationally and in the UK. Full details and agenda on the Website

Houses of Parliament, Central London, UK

To book places, please use the online booking form. Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. Full rate is £210 per person, concessionary rates for NGOs and unfunded persons.

Merging Ecology and Biotechnology for a Sustainable Agriculture, Symposium
22 April 2015 13.30 Invitation to the symposium Merging Ecology and Biotechnology for Sustainable Agriculture.
This brings together international experts to exchange ideas on the global future of agriculture and to look at sustainable agriculture both from an ecological and biotechnological perspective.

 Auditorium OEHOE,
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering,
Coupure Links 653, Ghent, Belgium; 13.30-19.00 pm.

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Planning for Climate Change Conference
25 June 2015 0900 Following on from the success of our Inaugural conference in December 2014, the Planning for Climate Change Conference Team is organizing a follow-up. Details can be found at the Conference website. The key focus will be to debate and discuss the key issues that face Communities when it comes to adapting to climate change and addressing the problems and opportunities that Climate Change brings. We plan to have up to 10 speakers plus up to 100 delegates. The University of London, UK

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To register as a delegate, or a speaker please email here.

Seminar on Global Food Security to 2050
14 May 2015 14.00 The seminar is being organised by TAA East Anglia and the Humanitarian Centre, in collaboration with CambPlant,  Cambridge Conservation Forum and the University's Global Food Security strategic Initiative. The theme will be of 'Assuring food security to 2050, including implications for climate change and biodiversity loss'. Two presentations will be made: (a) Dr Bojana Bazjelj (Cambridge University Engineering Dept) on managing the demand side and (b) Prof Amir Kassam (TAA member, University of Reading & UN Food & Agriculture Organisation - FAO) and Dr Gottleib Basch (University of Evora, Portugal) on ensuring sustainable agriculture from the supply side. Click here for the programme and abstracts. Hughes Hall, Pavilion Room, Wollaston Road, Cambridge CB1 2EW

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TAA East Anglia Group & Humanitarian Centre. To reserve a place at the seminar, click here. There will be no charge but we suggest £5.00 per head donations to cover tea, coffee & snacks, with balance to the TAA's Tropical Agriculture Award Fund. Please contact Keith Virgo for any more details.  
Soil functions and climate change- do we underestimate the consequences of new disequilibria in soil properties? Sustain
23 September 2015 10.00

Welcome to the international congress about soil functions and climate change, which needs our utmost attention, because thermal and hydraulic impacts on coupled hydraulic, chemical and biological processes under various land-use systems will alter soil properties enormously in the future.

The key role of soil structure, its functions and its expected changes under various climatic conditions must be analyzed in more detail in order to define the boundary conditions for reliable predictions in a changing environment and/or for a more precise definition of prediction model input parameters which must be available for a reliable analysis of soil and environmental properties and functions. This first congress -SUSTAIN- will deal with such interactions and necessary topics in soil physics, chemistry, biology and coupled processes which will become essential for a more reliable prediction of future soil processes and functions. IUSS Conference on the International Year of Soils and the 350thAnniversary of Christian Albrechts University.

Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany, 23-25.Sept 2015

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Spring school on mapping and assessment of soils, ISRIC
18 May 2015 10.00 ISRIC - World Soil Information will organise a Spring School on digital soil mapping, soil assessment and classification for soil and environmental scientists, students, soil experts and professionals in natural resources management. This spring school is a contribution to the Global Soil Partnership implementation. It will consist of two five-day courses that are run in parallel. Wageningen Campus, the Netherlands, 18 to 22 May 2015

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Summer Symposium, Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF)
25 June 2015 09.30

The CCF's annual all-day Summer Symposium will be held at the Judge Business School on Thursday 25th June 2015. Full details will be provided nearer the time.

Judge Business School, Trumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 1AG, UK

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Registration details will follow. For general advice contact the TAA East Anglia Convenor

TAA Southwest Summer Outing, Isle of Purbeck area
29 June 2015 10.00

The summer outing is from 29 June to 1 July.

Monday 29th June. 10.00 am: talk by National Trust, Purbeck. Covers Banks Estate with Farms, Heath land, Foreshore, ancient monuments etc. Meet at Purbeck HQ, National Trust, Carrendan Hill, Swanage 12.00 noon lunch at The Orchard, Holme Nursery, West Holme, Wareham. Set menu to be paid lump sum. [Contact 01929 554716 and select Option 3]. 2.00 pm talk by Simon Goldsack about the Farm and Nursery.  2.30 pm:  Farm Visit Priory Farm East Stoke, Wareham, raising Cattle on water meadow. [Stephen Goldsack 01929 550807]. 4.30 pm drop in on Will Bond, land owner.  Woodchip Hot Water supply offered to adjacent tenants and wind farm development. [Contact Will Bond Tel No 551219, Mobile 07970463301]. After Dinner Talk by Trev Haysom, Purbeck Stone Industry and Heritage  [01929 424103].

Tuesday 30th June. 8.45 am Dorset Charcuterie [Contact 01929 450002]. 10.00 am: Visit Vitacress Salads Ltd, water cress beds at Manor Farm, Southbrook, Bere Regis BH20 7LR [Contact Mark 07769724966]. 12.30 Lunch at Silent Woman Inn [552909 or]. Pay for your own. 2.00 pm: Visit Trigon Estate, family owned since 1880. Had practiced Dorset Chalk Stream Meadow Irrigation up to 1960s. How estate has been developed since then. [Contact Giles 01929 552097]. 4.00 pm Visit Trigon Fish Farm. After Dinner Talk by Giles Sturdy, on Agriculture UK and Tanzania.

Wednesday 1st July 2015. 10.00 am: Visit Godlingston Manor Farm, Swanage. Was dairy now raising beef cattle, grazing for horses. Has farm-based wind turbine 65 kW [Contact: Ben Bowerman 01929 423842]. 12.00 Lunch at Square & Compass ,Worth Matravers, or Scott Arms, Kingston.Pay for your own. 2.00 pm Visit Trev Haysom, Stone Quarry display (Museum). Those who need to, free to leave or 3.30 pm: Visit Durlston Country Park. World Heritage Jurassic Coast, arranging with Ranger for an introductory talk. 4.00 pm walk around the coast to Anvil Point Light House and back to cars. See cliff-dwelling birds. 5.00 pm Leave for home.

Springfield Country Hotel, Leisure Club & Spa, Grange Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5AL. A few hundred metres off the Wareham Bypass at Stoborough, in ample grounds surrounded by farmland and woodland. Tel 01929 552177, special rates have been negotiated for TAA for nights 29 and 30 June. Book asap. If anyone fails to get a room, we can most likely find a Farm B&B.

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The World Congress on Integrated Crops-Livestock-Forestry (WCCLF) Systems
12 July 2015 14.00

Embrapa is pleased to invite you to participate on the World Congress on Integrated Crop-Livestock-Forest Systems (WCCLF) and the 3rd International Symposium on Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems (ICLS3) to be held in Brasilia, Brazil on July 12-17, 2015. Agriculture is facing an unprecedented challenge. By 2050, food needs for a growing population will demand a production expansion by 60%, and the global demand for livestock products will increase by 70%, compared to what it was in year 2000. This expansion must be mostly through sustainable production intensification, since the conversion of natural ecosystems into agriculture has large negative impacts on biodiversity, carbon storage and hydrological cycle. More details on conference website 

The Ulysses Guimares Convention Center, Brasilia, Brazil, 12-17 July 2015

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