Reports: Overseas Branches

This page provides space for reports and news of events held by Overseas Branches.

The papers have not necessarily been peer-group edited.

Caribbean Branch
TAA Caribbean Tour 2016

Bookings now open for the TAA tour of some Caribbean islands to study agriculture and to visit other sites of interest in November-December 2016. The core group will probably be those who studied tropical agriculture in Trinidad at ICTA (later UWI) up until the late 1960s but there are many more groups who may be interested. Details attached.

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The Challenge: Promoting Agriculture in the Caribbean

Agriculture has been focussed on industrial crops: local food production has been neglected. This problem is being tackled by moving the perception of farming as an industry for poor peasants to one which needs to engage modern practices and active minds. A number of initiatives are being promoted by two regional agricultural institutes operating in the Caribbean, CARDI and IICA.

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India Branch
Meeting of TAA India, July 2017

TAA-India organised a brief get-together on July 14, 2017 at FICCI House, New Delhi, chaired by Girish Bhardwaj, in which 7 members participated. Ideas were exchanged on the future direction of TAA in India. See the Minutes below.

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Pacific Region Branch
Establishment of a new branch for the Pacific Region.

The new TAA regional Coordinator for the Pacific is Dr Ravi Joshi. We provide below a note on Dr Joshis background, and his initial thoughts on the development of the TAA Pacific region branch. Ravi is an Indian citizen, and his current positions are Adjunct Professor, University of South Pacific, Fiji, and Visiting Professor of Biology, University of the Philippines at Baguio, Philippines. His research interests include addressing family food and nutrition security in Asia, Africa and the Pacific through local production of a diverse range of nutritious foods using sustainable farming practices. He is particularly interested in helping communities living in small outer islands where the threats from climate change on food and nutrition security are most serious. You can contact Ravi at or

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Thailand & SE Asia Branch
Soil & Water Conservation Conference, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Report on WASWAC conference with themes:Threats to land and water resources in the 21st century: prevention, mitigation and restoration. September 2013

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Zambia & Southern Africa Branch
New Diploma in Agriculture, Zambia Institute of Agriculture

The ZIA is launching a new diploma course in August 2017, with graduation due in April 2020. Chris Kapembwa, TAA Zambia, is seeking TAA members as short course teachers

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Inaugural Meeting September 2015

Dr 'Chris' Pannet Kapembwa hosted the meeting, which was attended by 24 potential members (including six agriculture staff from the ministry of agriculture, farmers´┐Ż representatives and an agriculture Journalist. Chris introduced the participants to the TAA.

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