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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Cambridge Conservation Forum Summer Symposium
25 June 2015 09.00 All day event with lunch and post-symposium drinks. Full details nearer the time. Judge Business School, Trumpington Road, Cambridge Booking details later. 
Conference on Mainstreaming Agro-Ecological Approaches in Farming , India
01 March 2015 10.00

The conference is being organized by Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Indian Society for Agro-Ecology. Agro-ecological approaches are increasing being recognised as the way forward for the food, nutritional security and livelihood security of the small and marginal farmers across the world. In this approach, ecological practices to increase productivity, improve soil fertility and address climate change go hand in hand with the empowerment of small-scale family farmers, both men and women. While there are thousands of models across India and lakhs of farmers adopting such practices, mainstream agricultural research and extension systems are as yet sceptical about agro-ecological approaches. This scepticism is hindering the investments in research and further scaling up of the existing models..The main objectives of the conference are (i) To provide a forum for taking stock of the current state of science and practices of agro-ecology, as well as for initiatives across the country, (ii) to understand the contributions of agro-ecological approaches towards economic, social and environmental sustainability of small and marginal farmers, (iii) to develop a policy framework for consideration of state and national governments

This is the first call for abstracts of papers in the following areas: Cropping Systems, Soil Health, Water Management, Pest/Disease Management, Crop Improvement and Seed Breeding, Integrated Farming Systems, Profitability through Agro-Ecological Approaches and Socio-Economic Empowerment through Agro-Ecology. Submission of Abstracts: 15thDecember, 2014; Submission of Final papers of the shortlisted abstracts: 15thJanuary, 2015.
Chandigarh, Punjab, India. 1st and 2nd March, 2015

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Submit your abstracts to For any clarifications call Ramoo on +91 90 006 99702 or visit the website

Curry Club lunchtime talk "50 Years of International Development: a personal view" (TAA L&SEB)
26 February 2015 11.30

The 4th Curry Club talk will be presented by Keith Virgo, Chairman of TAA, on "50 Years of International Development: a personal view withreflections on policies, trends and fads affecting rural development projects. 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 lunch is about £13. Book your place with Terry Wiles

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.

Planning for Climate Change Conference
12 March 2015 0900

Following on from the success of our Inaugural conference in December 2014, the Planning for Climate Change Conference Teamis staging a Conferences entitled 'Planning for Climate Change'. 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.

Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin, Eire

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To register as a delegate, or a speaker in London in June or in Dublin in March please email here.

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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Seminar on Global Food Security to 2050
14 May 2015 14.00 Provisional announcement for a seminar to be organised by TAA East Anglia, in collaboration with-CambPlant, Humanitarian Centre, Cambridge Conservation Forum and the University's Global Food Security Strategic Initiative. The theme will be of assuring food security to 2015, including implications for climate change and biodiversity loss. Two presentations proposed: (a) managing the demand side and (b) ensuring sustainable agriculture from the supply side. More details will be posted shortly. Hughes Hall, Pavilion Room, Cambridge TAA East Anglia Group. Contact Keith Virgo for 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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TAA South-West Conference: Dairying Dilemmas & Developments (TAA SW)
19 March 2015 10.00

The TAA Southwest Branch invites you to their conference on DAIRYING DILEMMAS & DEVELOPMENTS. 10 am. Registration. Presentations: Chairmans Introduction & Overview of Trends & Issues in Dairying Globally (John Wibberley); Cows in Context with particular reference to East Africa (Richie Alford, Send-A-Cow and Devon Dairy Farmers son);Practical Progress for Dairy Farmers (Duncan Forbes, Managing Director of Kingshay Farming & Conservation Ltd); Our Story in Dairying, Family Farm Viability & Succession (John & Sally Down of Curry Mallet, Somerset); The Long View experiences and strategies for staying in dairying (John Alvis of Alvis Brothers, Bristol); Forum: Richie Alford, John Alvis, Duncan Forbes, Mary Mead of Yeo Valley; Chairmans Summing Up.

Battleborough Grange Hotel, Bristol Road (A38) Brent Knoll, Somerset TA9 4HJ. 10.00 - 16.00. [off M5 Junction 22, onto A38 Bristol Road and turn left just after you see the right turn into Vole Road opposite]

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Registration £25 (includes morning & afternoon tea/coffee & hot or cold buffet lunch). Please BOOK early with: SW TAA Coordinator Tim Roberts.

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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Registration can be made at the website