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
10th World Aqua Congress International Conference 2016
24 November 2016 10.00 The Aqua Foundation invite you to a 2-day conference, 24 – 25thNovember. India is growing...practically in every aspect. At 7.6%, India is the
fastest-growing economy in the world today. With booming economy, people’s 
expenditure patterns change and so do their lifestyles. Rapid urbanization is 
also adding fuel to these changes. Thus, the manner in which India meets 
its increasing food and water demands has been the major focus of many recent 
food and water demand projections both at the global scale and at the national scale.
All these studies and research univocally says that it can not be 'business-as-usual' if India has to meet food and water demand and aspirations of its growing population. Conference themes are Water Resources: Availability, Management, Quality; Water, Sanitation and Health, Wastewater Management & Reuse, Emerging Technologies & Concepts; Enhancing Water Use Efficiency; Smart Water Solutions for Smart Cities; Financial, Institutional, Legal & Policy Issues. Click here for detailed themes & 
sub-themes. New Delhi, India

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11th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture: Tim Wheeler on Climate-smart Agriculture
09 November 2016 17.00 This year’s lecture will be given by Prof Tim Wheeler, formerly of Reading and DFID and currently Chief Scientist at NERC, on the topic of Climate Smart Agriculture - Helping smallholder farmers manage the risks and opportunities presented by climate change . The lecture will be preceded by a short Annual General Meeting to approve the TAA's Annual Accounts and appointment of officers of the Association. The event will be jointly hosted by TAA and Reading University School of Agriculture, Policy & Development. The programme, will be chaired by Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, President, TAA 
1700 - 1730 TAA AGM.
1730 - 1830 Assemble and Networking. 
18:30 - 18:40 Welcome – Professor Julian Park, Head of School.
1840 - 1940 Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture by Professor Tim Wheeler. 
1940 -2030 Informal Wine and finger buffet.

Spouses, partners and friends are very welcome. We also welcome TAAF members and Reading students, especially for the networking session.

John Madejski LectureTheatre and Restaurant, Building, Reading University, Earley Gate, Reading, RG6 6AR, UK

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There will be a charge for the post-lecture reception.  RSVP by email to: Mollie Smith  or telephone 0118 378 4549. 
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.  
2nd Nyeleni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty: join the UK Delegation
26 October 2016 0900

The second Nyeleni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty is all about building a big inspiring food sovereignty movement across the whole of Europe. A delegation from the UK will take part. Why not join and get involved, whether you want to be part of the delegation or if you are not able to go but would like to feed in ideas and help with the preparations? The Nyéléni Europe Movement brings together farmers, fishers, pastoralists, Indigenous Peoples, consumers, NGOs, trade unions, organisations working on the environmental, development, justice, solidarity and human rights, researchers, community-based food movements and others to enhance existing food sovereignty initiatives and strengthen our work at local, national, regional and global levels.The forum will focus on five areas: 1. Changing how food is produced and consumed. 2. Changing how food is distributed. 3. Valuing work and improving social conditions in food & agricultural systems. 4. Reclaiming the right to natural resources and the Commons. 5. Changing public policies governing our food and agricultural systems. 

Cluj-Napoca, Romania; 26-30 October 2016

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To join the working group or join the UK delegation, please email (deadline 25 July 2016). The UK inputs are coordinated by Rachael Taylor (TAA member), Doctoral researcher at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex)

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. 

APPG Panel Discussion: Optimising water infrastructure for smallholder farmers
11 October 2016 18.15 The APPG on Agriculture & Food for Development
invites you to the first of three panel discussions to be held in October as part of our 2016 inquiry into rural infrastructure:
Optimising water infrastructure for smallholder farmers. 
Chair: Lord Cameron of Dillington

Panel:Bruce Lankford,
Professor of Water & Irrigation Policy, University of East Anglia;
Julie van der Bliek,
Programme and Business Development Adviser, International Water Management Institute (IWMI);
Mohamed Bazza,
Senior Officer, Irrigation Management, FAO;
Roger Calow,
Programme Head, Water Policy, Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Sub-Saharan Africa is rich in renewable water resources, but very little is ever withdrawn for agriculture. Small-scale farmers rely on rain, resulting in persistently low agricultural productivity and the perpetuation of rural poverty.Increasingly erratic weather patterns exacerbate the problem. With suitable irrigation infrastructure, the poorest farmers can quickly increase yields and income. House of Lords
Committee Room 2A, London, UK. Time 18:15 - 20:00.
 Use the Cromwell Green Entrance (number 8 on the map in the link below). Allow 20-30 minutes to pass security.

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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 ….

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

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Contact Erwin Kinsey to submit material. For the Symposium, register here

Conference: New Frontiers in Crop Research
20 October 2016 This conference, organised by SCI's Agri-sciences Group and Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), will provide updates on exciting areas of crop research, including projects from the BBSRC funded research-industry clubs. The event aims to foster the interdisciplinary networking essential to innovation in the agri-food sector focused on enhancing crop yields, quality and sustainability. The event is designed to appeal to academic and industrial scientists involved in all aspects of crop research, and other stakeholders interested in catching up on the latest developments. Please click here for more details.

Confirmed Speakers: Toby Bruce, Rothamsted Research; David Dent, Azotic Technologies; Jim Monaghan, Harper Adams; Matthew Paul, Rothamsted Research; Bill Thomas, James Hutton Institute; Kay Trafford, NIAB.

SCI, 14/15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PSL, UK

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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

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.

Curry Club Talk: Technical Realities of GM Crops
15 December 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. As a young chemistry graduate, John Pidgeon decided to devote his working life to research and development to improve modern agriculture, with as much global perspective as he could acquire. After a PhD in Tropical Soil Science, he worked on soil and climatic suitability for zero tillage cropping; the development of more effective and environmentally benign herbicides; and the management of GM crops for both environmental and yield benefit. In all three of these areas, while there has been rapid progress in many places worldwide, Europe has turned its back on them. In retirement John has wondered why this should be! This talk is not a political polemic but is targeted on agricultural scientists rather than molecular biologists. After very briefly summarising the first two topics, he will describe global progress with GM crops; outline development of the technology; and UK research on novel GM crop management systems and their environmental impact. It includes critical discussion of the world’s largest, formal GM agri-environmental experiment – the UK Govt. Farm Scale Evaluation trials for 3 crops in the 1990’s. This did little to clarify public mis-information around this emotive topic, for reasons that John will consider. 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: this meeting has been re-scheduled from August 25th.

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.


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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European Climate Change Adaptation Conference: Our climate ready future
06 June 2017 09.00 Our vision is that this conference will inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. We will bring together the people who will deliver action on the ground – from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities – to share knowledge, ideas and experience with researchers and policymakers. Set in the cultural city of Glasgow, at the heart of a city-region that is putting climate adaptation and climate justice at the core of decision-making, ECCA 2017 offers a unique opportunity to visit many innovative local adaptation projects and share experience of how climate adaptation can work in practice. Sectoral themes: urban, energy & infrastructure; agriculture & forestry; water security & flooding; biodiversity, ecosystem services & nature-based solutions; health & wellbeing. Call for abstracts deadline 30 Sept 2016. SECC, Glasgow, UK

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From Field to Market: roads, transport & storage for smallholder farmers (APPG)
24 October 2016 17.15

The APPG onAgriculture & Food for Development
 invites you to this third and final panel discussion as part of our 2016 inquiry into rural infrastructure. Chair: Lord Cameron of Dillington.
 Agbessi Amewoa,
 Purchase for Progress (P4P) Coordinator, World Food Programme, Democratic Republic of Congo;
 Mark Gunton,
CEO, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership;
John Hine,
 Consultant transport economist. The ‘first mile’ stage of crop movement – from the field to the nearest road – can be the most expensive and difficult part of a value chain. A smallholder farmer might be forced to use a bicycle, cart or motorcycle, and for perishable or delicate crops, these crude forms of transport translate into immediate damage and loss. With such poor transport and no appropriate storage at a collection point, a smallholder farmer is put in a weak position against the traders who consolidate loads. Farm-gate prices remain low, and so do smallholder incomes.

This APPG event will look at different approaches to addressing the problem of road and transport infrastructure for smallholders. For example, we will hear evidence from a study into the first mile of the tomato value chain in Tanzania, and how transport affects prices for those farmers.

Archbishop's Room
Millbank House, London. 17:15 - 19:00. The entrance to Millbank House is at number 13 on this map. Please allow 15-20 minutes to pass security and get to the room.

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Places are limited, so please register using the Eventbrite link. 

International conference on Agri-Chains and Sustainable Development
12 December 2016 09.00

The 3-day GFAR-CIRAD conference (12th to 14th December 2016) will be on Agri-Chains and Sustainable Development: linking local and global dynamics This will bring participants from all world regions to debate about the role of agricultural value chains in implementing global and local frameworks and partnerships for translating the Sustainable Development Goals into reality. Agricultural value chains form spaces where local and global challenges to sustainability connect and within which local and global actors experiment and negotiate innovative solutions. Participants will be called to share knowledge, innovative practices and ideas through plenary sessions and a series of parallel sessions, where both communications and posters will be discussed. Read more

CIRAD, Montpellier, France

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For more information, visit the CIRAD website. Contact email:

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

Next steps for UK agricultural technologies - investment, research and priorities for Agri-Tech Strategy
07 February 2017 09.00

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar. Presenters to include Helena Busby, Head of Agri-tech, Innovation and Resource Efficiency, Food and Farming Strategy and Innovation, DEFRA; Tina Barsby, Chief Executive Officer, National Institute of Agricultural Botany; Prof Paul Berryman, Agri-tech Specialist, Agri-Tech Organisation, Department for International Trade; Andy Cureton, Head of Business and Innovation, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; David Flanders, Chief Executive Officer, Agrimetrics and Calum Murray, Programme Lead, AgriFood, Innovate UK. Follow us @WFNFEvents. See our Live Agenda. Delegates receive copies of the full seminar transcripts.

Central London, UK (to be advised)

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To book places, please use online booking form. Concessions available for charitable organisations.

Next steps for UK agricultural technologies - investment, research and priorities for Agri-Tech Strategy
07 February 2017 09.00

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar. Presenters to include Helena Busby, Head of Agri-tech, Innovation and Resource Efficiency, Food and Farming Strategy and Innovation, DEFRA; Tina Barsby, Chief Executive Officer, National Institute of Agricultural Botany; Prof Paul Berryman, Agri-tech Specialist, Agri-Tech Organisation, Department for International Trade; Andy Cureton, Head of Business and Innovation, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; David Flanders, Chief Executive Officer, Agrimetrics and Calum Murray, Programme Lead, AgriFood, Innovate UK. Follow us @WFNFEvents. See our Live Agenda. Delegates receive copies of the full seminar transcripts.

Central London, UK (to be advised)

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To book places, please use online booking form. Concessions available for charitable organisations.

'Powering agriculture: Access to productive energy for smallholder farmers', APPG
18 October 2016 18.15

The APPG on Agriculture & Food for Development invites you to the second of three panel discussions as part of their 2016 inquiry into rural infrastructure. Chair: Lord Cameron of Dillington. Panel: Toby Hammond, Managing Director, Futurepump Ltd; Anthony Ighodaro, Chair, African Renewable Energy Alliance; Sarah Best, Senior Researcher, Shaping Sustainable Markets, IIED. Access to modern energy services is rare for most smallholder farmers in developing countries. Far away from the electricity grid, they depend on animals and their own manual labour, possibly topped up with limited and unreliable diesel generators. A steady, affordable source of energy can make land preparation, planting, irrigation and harvesting far more efficient, extending growing seasons and providing greater yields. After the harvest, energy can add value to those yields by providing better storage conditions or enabling on-farm processing. Energy also powers technology such as mobile phones, giving valuable market information.

House of Lords
Committee Room 2A, London, UK. 18:15 - 20:00.
 Use the Cromwell Green Entrance (number 8 on the map in the link below). Allow 20-30 minutes to pass security.

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Places are limited, so please register using this link.

Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture: ‘Interdisciplinary Food Systems Training to address Global Food Challenges’
07 March 2017 18.00

The 34th TAA Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr John Ingram,Food Systems Programme Leader of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. His topic will be on Interdisciplinary Food Systems Training to address Global Food Challenges. John Ingram leads IFSTAL, a learning community and interactive resource designed to improve post-graduate level knowledge and understanding of the food system. The event will be co-hosted by the Cambridge University Strategic Research Initiative on Global Food Security. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception and networking opportunities.

Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR, UK (close to railway station)

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Please book your place by clicking here. There is no charge for attendance but we will welcome charitable donations to our Tropical Agriculture Award Fund (TAAF).

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

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.

Sustainable Intensification, Brazil
25 October 2016 09.30

The two-day Summit will bring together a multitude of stakeholders from government, civil society, co-operatives, farmers, industry bodies, global business and academia to understand and address the challenges Brazil faces in delivering sustainable intensification. All stakeholders and attendees will have the opportunity to develop a framework for IPR and registration, precision farming, irrigation, mechanisation, soil management and bio innovation by which Brazil will achieve its Low-Carbon Agricultural Plan. Taking place at the Convention Centre of Stock Exchange in Rio de Janeiro, the Summit consists of a full agenda focused on the key issues that will shape the future of Brazilian agriculture. From lobbying for regulatory changes, analysing the global commodity conundrum, through to knowledge and technology transfer for the farmer, the summit will deliver on its mandate of creating a sustainable framework to be carried forward until 2020.

The Centro De Convenções Bolsa Do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 25-26 October 2016

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Buy your tickets on line on-line. The TAA is offered three free passes to attend Sustainable Intensification, as well as a 50% discount on any further passes TAA would like. Interested TAA members please contact Henry Smith. 

SW TAA Committee Programming Meeting
01 December 2016 12.00 Members are welcome to join the planning meeting of the TAA SW Branch Committee. The Mill on the Exe, Devon, UK Please contact John Wibberley for more details and to book  place. 
TAA Annual Reunion, Honours Awards, TAAF Presentation and Social
11 January 2017 17.00

NOTE CORRECT DATE: 11/01/2017. The Annual Reunion is planned for London on the 2ndWednesday of January. This will focus an annual review, presentations by TAAF awardees, reports from Regional Branches and Specialist Groups and the award of our Honours. The event will conclude with a reception and buffet supper. Re-scheduling the formal elements of the Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture and AGM to Reading in November, means that we will have more time for interaction and informal networking. Please mark in your diaries, pending more details. 

London (to be confirmed, probably the Royal Over-seas League, Piccadilly).

Booking arrangements under review. General enquiries to Elizabeth Warham.

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.  
TAA Seminar: Transfer of Crop Research Knowledge to Small Farmers, with emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa
16 May 2017 13.30

The annual TAA East Anglia seminar will be held in collaboration with NIAB International (Cambridge), the University of Cambridge Global Food Security (GFS) initiative and CambPlants Hub. Two main papers are envisaged: (i) Tinashe Chiurugwi of NIAB  International will  present a paper on 'Supporting smallholders in improving wheat cultivation', drawing on outcomes of NIAB's KALRO ago-transfer project in Kenya. (ii) Peter Emmrich of  the John Innes Centre, Norwich, will describe his current research on grass pea, aimed at developing it as a drought-tolerant crop for Ethiopia. Click here for more details.

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available and there will be an opportunity to visit the research glasshouses on the adjacent NIAB Innovation Farm, especially wheat and ornamental plant breeding

Cambridge: Sophi Taylor Centre, NIAB Innovation Farm, Villa Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9NZ). Parking plentiful; Guided Bus service from railway station/city centre (car shuttle service will meet at ‘Histon & Impington’ stop).

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Details to be added. We request donations of at least £5.00 per person to cover the costs of the venue and refreshments. Reserve your place via Eventbrite. For more information, contact Keith Virgo  
TAA South-West meeting & AGM
03 January 2017 10.00 Programme to be advised. Please save the date. Exeter Golf & Country Club Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE, UK

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More information from the TAA SW Secretary, Ray Bartlett   
TAA SW Branch Royal Agriculture University Conference
13 October 2016 10.00 The TAA SW Branch invites you to a full day conference at the RAU on  ' CROPPING SYSTEMS & PULSES’  . An exciting, full day programme with invited renowned speakers. Includes an introduction to The International Year of Pulses, 2016; Crop Science to enhance the role of Pulses in Sustainable Agriculture; Improving Cropping Systems with Legumes: Agronomic Research and Development; Zambian Phaseolus Bean Landraces: their relevance to Ugandan Cropping & beyond; A UK Farmer’s Perspective on Beans & other Pulses over the years. Click here for the full programme is under preparation. Lunch in the RAU Refectory (non-RAU delegates show tickets issued at registration).

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

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There will be a conference fee of £20 per head to cover lunch at RAU Refectory, morning & afternoon tea/coffee and contribution to speakers’ travel expenses. Please reserve a place with the TAA SW Secretary, Ray Bartlett  
The role of livestock in sustainable farming and diets
23 November 2016 18.30

The Sustainable Food Trust welcome TAA to this evening seminar (18.30 – 21.000, with Joel Salatin as guest speaker -a renowned pioneer of sustainable and fully integrated livestock farming. The event, which will include the talk from Joel, will be followed by a panel discussion. To get a taster of Joel's inspirational speeches, follow the link to watch his talk at our recent conference. A full programme  will be announced in the coming weeks.

Bristol University, UK

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More details and bookings from Ellie at the Sustainable Food Trust.

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.