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Caribbean

Caribbean Tour 2016

Summary of Report by John Hansell on the TAA tour of November 2016. See Ag4Dev 31 for full report.

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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

Minutes of TAA India Meeting, September 2017

TAA-India organised a round table meeting on September 28, 2017 at 39 Pritvi Raj Road – New Delhi which was participated by nine members/potential members, including TAA Chairman.

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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

Presentations to Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Sept 12th 2018

Ravi Joshi, our Coordinator for the Pacific, made presentations to graduate and undergraduate students at the Faculty of Environment and presented his new book on Apple Snails. The event included a three hours interactive talk on Invasive Alien Species (IAS), to the 4th year undergraduate students. The invitation to discuss academic and research collaboration was extended by Dr. Ratcha Chaichana. Since December 2017 we both have been working together on Invasive Apple Snails in Thailand. Thank you Dr Chaichana for the kind invitation and for your interest in future collaboration. Note that Ravi is proudly wearing his TAA tie.

 

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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 Joshi’s 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 rcjoshi4@gmail.com or pacific_organiser@taa.org.uk

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Thailand and SE Asia

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 and Southern Africa

Distance-learning diploma course in agriculture: progress.

The Zambia Institute of Agriculture designed a course with eight subjects, each subject to be taught in one week residential lectures, every four months. TAA individual members assisted Chris Kapembwa in the course design. After delays, the course proceeded in October 2017

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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 representatives and an agriculture Journalist. Chris introduced the participants to the TAA.

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