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Introduction to Community Development: training course by ECHO

October 9th, 2018

As a development worker, where do you start? Thisfive-day course on Introduction to Community Development, organised by ECHO, will cover the basics of effective communitydevelopment. Using proven participatory methods, experienced communitydevelopment workers will introduce attendees to hands-on tools that can betterenable change agents and partner communities to survey local assets and needs.Utilising feedback, participants will practice prioritising issues as well asstrategic responses in order to develop action plans. Course participants willwalk through the fundamentals of project management cycles: planning,implementation, monitoring, finances, and reporting. Additionally, participantswill explore methodologies of agricultural information exchange. Dates 14-18 August 2017; venueFlorida USA Coursefee: $645.00. Ask about our discounts at: study@echonet.org


Guides to Goat Farming in India

October 9th, 2018

Husbandry, breeds, feeding, diseases and goat business reporting are covered in this series of on-line practical, illustrated guide books for goat farming in India.18.5.17


10 fascinating facts about agriculture in Africa

October 9th, 2018

ThePlanet Earth Institute (PEI) observes that, given that agriculture accounts for60% of jobs on the continent, its importance for sustainable development inAfrica cannot be overstated. Read on to learn 10 interestingfacts about agriculture development on the continent: challenges and optimism. 6.5.17


African Landscapes

October 9th, 2018

On March 6th to 9th 2017, 140 ILMpractitioners, farmers, researchers, policymakers, and finance, business, andcommunity leaders (113 from 16 African countries and 27 from the United Statesand Europe) convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the African Landscapes Dialogue to promote newideas, expand networks, confront challenges, and share lessons and experiencesamong those who implement landscape initiatives. The goal: To inspire andstrengthen capacities of landscape leaders to advance the African Landscapes Action Plan. Please click here to download theSummary Report. 19/4/17


Fertile ground: harnessing the market to reverse soil degradation in South Asia

October 9th, 2018

Soils are the foundation of allterrestrial life on the planet and are essential for agricultural production.Yet unsustainable farming practices are degrading soils across South Asia andmany other parts of the world, threatening food security. Soil fertility andstructure can be vastly improved through greater applications of compost,manure and other organic fertilisers. However, the shift away from diversefarming systems means that organic matter is now in short supply on many farms.There is a need to develop value chains to enable organic fertilisers andcomposts to supply much needed organic matter to depleted soils. Lessons frommulti-stakeholder initiatives in Bangladesh and Nepal illustrate the potentialfor scaling up such value chains to foster more inclusive and sustainableagriculture. View the summary, published by IIED and Practical Action, and click the red Download button..18.4.17


The Future of Small Farms (CABI & SFSA): Conference Report

October 9th, 2018

CABI and the Syngenta Foundation are delighted to have published their report on the January 2017 conference. The document is available both in low resolution and high resolution formats. You are welcome to share the documents. For more information, please contact Paul Castle 9.4.17


Climate Dialogue: community-led initiative on Indian east coast

October 9th, 2018

The article in India Climate Dialogue features a community-led initiative on the east coast. It may be of interest to those involvement with coastal communities or climate related issues. What the communities have undertaken can also be an ideal exercise for high school level children living along the coast. For further information, please contact Vivek Coelho. Kindly submitted by Nyla Coelho of Ecologise.


Post-Brexit Agriculture: Views from the Eden Project and Rothamsted Research

October 9th, 2018

Eden Project founder Sir Tim Smit and Dr Dobermann, Head of Rothamsted Research, express their views on the post-Brexit agricultural landscape in the UK. Worrying concerns are raised about the decline of agricultural research and the rural economy. Listen to their forthright discussions on the BBC Farming World programme.


Conservation Agriculture for Smallholders (CASH-II)

October 9th, 2018

The 2nd Conference on CA was held at the Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh 14-16 February 2017. Publications are now available on-line. Please visit the TAA Conservation Agriculture News pages for details.4/3/17


A new President for IFAD

October 9th, 2018

The election of a new President for IFAD(International Fund for Agricultural Development) has just been completed. Outof eight candidates, Mr.Gilberto Fossoun Houngbo of the Togolese Republic, was the one to be elected, after several rounds of voting. He is going totake over as President IFAD from 1 April 2017. He was PrimeMinister of Togo from 2008 to 2012. This news was kindly submitted by AndrewBennett, who knew Mr Houngbo when he was working at UNDP headquarters, andlater elsewhere. Let us see how the course of IFAD may change.22.2.17


Award of TAA Honours for 2016

October 9th, 2018

At our Annual Reunion at the RoyalOver-seas League in London on January 11th we were proud to announceour honours for 2016. Paul Harding, Chair of the Honours Committee, read the citations and eachrecipient accepted a framed certificate from Andrew Bennett, our President.Details of the 2016 Honours are on our website. Dr William Critchley was named Development Agriculturist of the Year for contributionsto sustainable land management, climate change adaptation, and localinnovation. Tim Roberts received the TAA Award ofMerit for many yearsof support and contributions to the TAA SW Group, and for pro-activelypromoting the TAA. James Alden and PaulBaranowski were jointly named as YoungDevelopment Agriculturists of the Year for developing,manufacturing and marketing a Decision Support Tool for smallholder coffeegrowers. The honours committee welcomes 2017 nominations for honours from members.Click here todownload a nomination form and see the webpages for more details. 25.1.17


DFID Frontier Technology Programme Funding

October 9th, 2018

The DFID programme will look at how 3Dprinting, Internet of Things, drones and other Frontier Technologies canpositively impact on development challenges in eligible countries (mainly in Africa and S Asia)  in a range of sectors (includingagriculture, water & sanitation, environment, climate change etc). The funding available (up to £100,000 /project) will be allocated primarily in response to opportunities and gapsidentified through discussions with DFID staff. However, DfID invites technologyexperts ‘on the frontier’ to register as potential collaborators and suppliers tothe programme as well as to propose project ideas, which could be picked up byDFID staff. Applicable to NGOs, companies, humanitarian organisations. Read more about the programme. 23.1.17


Bamboo Basics: Production, Preservation, and Construction

October 9th, 2018

ECHO (a TAA institutional member) isoffering this four-day (February 7 – 10, 2017) course for thoseinterested in learning more about how to use bamboo in agriculture andcommunity development. During the workshop, participants will be exposed tovarieties of bamboo and learn how to propagate and utilize this important plantresource.ECHO Global Farm, USA. Click here to register or contact Renee Gill  21.1.17


Montserrat – radio interview with TAA Caribbean Tour Team

October 9th, 2018

Listen to this interview with Claude Brown on ‘Farmers’ Corner’, Echo Radio, Montserrat, dated Dec 8th 2016. Click here to hear Tim Roberts, John Hansell, Naomi Bowen and Peter Patterson discussing tropical agriculture and their participation in the TAA Caribbean study tour. As Tim explains: “We did this at the breakfast table in Jane Guise’s house, without any rehearsal or breaks. Claude put us completely at ease. He is a great contributor to local agriculture and formerly worked with CARDI.10.1.17


Seeking a new assignment or job in 2017? Publicise your CV

October 9th, 2018

TheTAA provides members with a regular posting and updating of vacancies. Members can also post a copy of their CV on the TAA website Expertise pages. Peoplemay also wish to sign up to DevAid to make sure that the best consultingcompanies have your CV on their databases. Your CV will be circulated to 30000+ organisations, increasing the visibility of your profile. You can join asa DevAid Professional Member with a seasonal special offer price of 279euro/year. Or contact by email. 31.12.2016


TAA Events: Dates for your 2017 Diary

October 9th, 2018

Now thatChristmas is over and the New Year is about to commence, please make a note ofthree important up-coming TAA events. See Events pages for these and more events. January 3rd. TAA SW Branch AGM and lunch at the Exeter Golf Club. January 11th: TAA Reunion at the Royal Over-seas League in London. Join us for a relaxed andenjoyable event, including a review of the year by the Chairman and awarding ofTAA honours for 2016. Presentations will be made our’Development Agriculturist of the Year’ and by two TAAF awardees. The cash bar will beopen and we shall conclude with a fork supper, with opportunities for interactionand informal networking. See programme March7th. Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture at the Sainsbury Lab,Cambridge, with lecture by John Ingram on Interdisciplinary Food SystemsTraining to address Global Food Challenges. 29.12.16


Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture, Nov 2016, listen on line

October 9th, 2018

You can now listen to the lecture by Tim Wheeler, and Andrew Bennett’s introduction, on You tube.  “Climate Smart Agriculture – Helpingsmallholder farmers manage the risks and opportunities presented by climatechange”.16.12.16


Ag for Dev JournalNo 29 Winter 2016 now downloadable

October 9th, 2018

Apologies for an error in uploading the current ag4dev No 29. The journal is now available for downloading ny members. Thank you for those members who drew the problem to my attention. Web Manager13.12.16


DfID Bilateral and multilateral aid reviews

October 9th, 2018

As you probably know, DfID published its new bilateral and multilateral aid reviews last week. The APPG onAgriculture & Food for Development would be interested in your reaction tothese reviews and in particular any specific questions that they have raised inyour organisation regarding support for agriculture and nutrition, with a viewto APPG tabling a written Parliamentary question in the next week or so. If youhave comments, please relay them to Caspar Van Vark, Coordinator of APPG on Agriculture & Food for Development.5.12.16


GM crops worldwide – visionary precaution or euro-sclerosis?

October 9th, 2018

Do not forget the Curry Club talk by Dr John Pidgeonon Thursday 15th December at the Strand Continental Hotel, London. See detailson the TAA Events pages. The meeting falls in the festive season when the India Club run an improvedChristmas menu, priced slightly higher than usual. The inclusive TAA chargewill be £17 per head for coffee, the meal and the use of the facilities. Book your place with TerryWiles. 18.11.16


Cambridge Conservation Forum Christmas Party

October 9th, 2018

The CCF Christmas Party is fast approaching! It will be held on December 5th from 7-11pm in the David Attenborough Building  Common Room, Cambridge. This is a fantastic opportunity for all of us to reconnect, enjoy some great locally produced food, and hear live music from the CCF band and CCI choir, so I hope that many of you will be able to make it! Please book your ticket on-line before December 1st. As TAA is a member of CCF, our members are welcome to join.12.11.16


Membership Subscription top-ups

October 9th, 2018

Ag4Dev Journal number 29 is due out shortly. It will be accessible on-line to all paid-up TAA members, with hard copies sent only to full members who have updated their annual payment to £50.00 and to corporates. The on-line membership is £40.00. If you would like to top up your subscription payment or check your payment status then please urgently contact membership_secretary@taa.org.ukThanks to all of you who attended the AGM, the successful HBML and wine reception at University of Reading this week.11.11.16


Sad Demise of Prof Paul Davies

October 9th, 2018

We have received the sad news that Professor Paul Davies passed away on 27th October. Paul was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) until he retired in August tis year. He had been a member of staff for over 25 years, he was Chair of the African Fellowship Trust and was an active member of the TAA. He was diagnosed with cancer last year and had an operation in the New Year, followed by chemo and radio-therapy. He was recently admitted for second operation but he died during the operation. Andrew Bennett, President of TAA and a former colleague of Paul, has sent the family a letter of condolence on behalf of the TAA. The funeral arrangements are likely to be a family affair.4.11.16


Livestock Counts

October 9th, 2018

According to GFAR, this week marked a milestone for the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). For the first time since its reform, it recognised the role of livestock in addressing malnutrition, sustainable agriculture and climate change. Two years ago CFS asked the asked the High Level Panel of Experts to prepare a report on sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock. The report was presented and endorsed at the 43rd plenary session of the CFS in Rome this week and many of members took the stage to state their positions in regards its recommendations. Read more >>


Reviewing Three Year Race against Aflotoxins in E Africa

October 9th, 2018

The Biosciences Eastern & Central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) hosted a forum to share findings of a three-year study on aflatoxins in maize in Kenya, 19 October 2016. Aflatoxins are naturally occurring fungal toxins that contaminate a number of food crops including maize, the staple food for over 130 million people across E Africa. Concerns have been raised over the presence of these toxins that are known to pose acute and chronic risks to human health. Presentations focused on the Kenya component of research (Capacity and Action for Aflatoxin Reduction in Eastern Africa (CAAREA) project), covering Kenya & Tanzania. Research focused on developing cheap and simple ways to identify contaminated foods and feeds to prevent them getting into the food chain, including reduced aflotoxin susceptibility as a new trait in future maize varieties.The CAAREA project is among other efforts by ILRI to address the spectre of Aflotoxins in Africa. Another ILRI project is carrying out studies to assess risks, economic impacts and disease control technologies along the Kenyan dairy feed chain. The ILRI Hub also hosts the Aflatoxin Proficiency Testing and Control in Africa (APTECA) program, managed by the Texas A&M University, USA and supports the commercial maize milling sector to manage Aflotoxin risk by improving their capacity to accurately perform their own tests for Aflotoxins in maize flour.26.10.16


TAA Trustees’ Report & Accounts (previous error corrected)

October 9th, 2018

CORRECTION.As mentioned in our earlier message todays, our AGM will be held on 9thNovember at 17.00 at Reading University.before the Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture, We invite all members to attend. An important task of the AGM will be to approve the annual Trustees’ Report and Financial Accounts. The earlier link to the Trustees’ Report was incorrect. Please use this corrected link and download the 2016 Draft Report. We request members to read these before the meeting. Please also sign-up for the Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture and Reception14.10.16


CA: Best Practices for Resource-Limited Smallholder Farms

October 9th, 2018

ECHO, a TAA institutional member, has published (Oct 2016) a Best Practice Note on Conservation agriculture (CA). CA is a resource-saving land management approach that optimizesand sustains the capacity of soils to produce food. In CA, sustainability islinked to the ecological preservation of agricultural landscapes.Click here to read more and access the Best Practice Note on CA. 5.10.16


The Yeheb Nut Bush: a panacea for drylands?

October 9th, 2018

According tothe Yeheb Project, the Cordeauxia edulis bush has been known toSomali nomads for centuries and used to form half the vegetation of Somalia andthe Ogaden. The plant appears to provide edible nuts for humans, fodder forlivestock and firewood, as well as having ‘medicinal properties’. The Yeheb Project, being implemented by Initiatives ofChange UK,aims to improve the lives of communities in the drylands of the Horn of Africaby reintroducing yeheb as a reliable, drought-resistant source of food andfodder. Interestingly, the project developed from the rediscovery of yeheb nutsby a Somali post-grad student at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (Reported in J Anglo-Somali Soc, 60, 4-8). 27.9.16


Biostimulants – Organic Future of the Global Agri Industry, 2016

October 9th, 2018

Researchand Markets of Dublin, Ireland, have released this Global Strategic Business Report on biostimulants. These are substancesof biological origin which, when applied to the soil, seed, plant or any othergrowing media, enhances the plant’s nutrient-using capability. They areproducts meant for inclusion in regular fertilization practices, and areneither fertilizers nor pesticides but natural plant growth regulators capableof rendering a positive impact on overall health of the plant when applied insmall quantities. While biostimulants have been in use for several decades,research work in the area and use of research-based products has been a recentphenomenon. Early stage products were either ineffective or spurious anddelivered less than their claims, which restricted market growth. The drivetowards sustainable practices in agriculture, stricter regulations putting a checkon the use of chemical fertilizers, increasing demand for organic foods and thegrowing need to expand yield of crops are providing new momentum forbiostimulants. Asstated by this new market research report, Europe represents the largest marketworldwide. Increasingly stringent regulations on use of chemical pesticides,and growing focus on yield enhancement and environmental friendly cropprotection, and growing development of innovative biostimulants products aresome of the factors driving growth in the market. Click here for more information.10.9.16


Subscription Updates: Final Reminder

October 9th, 2018

New subscriptions take full effect from September 1st.If, from this date, you receive no further TAA email news alerts and fail to ccess toother services, this will probably mean that your subscription for the currentyear is overdue or under-paid. Please urgently contact membership_secretary@taa.org.ukto ensure that your TAA membership continues. 30.8.16


2016 TAAF Awards

October 9th, 2018

This year 25 applications were received from MSc students at nine UK universities for our Tropical Agriculture Award Fund (TAAF) awards. After careful assessment by the TAAF Committee, awards were offered to 14 students, as listed in the TAAF webpages. The awards are designed to enable students to undertake field research for their dissertations over a 6-8 week period. Grants of up to £1,000 are offered, together with professional mentoring by an appropriate member of the TAAF Committee. The students are currently writing up their research. Summaries of their reports will be published in future issues of Ag4Dev. The TAAF is funded by generous contributions by members and organisations: TAAF seeks donations and legacies to maintain this valuable support to younger generations, see TAAF Donations on our website.29.8.16


Warning: Email News Alerts from 1st September

October 9th, 2018

If you no longer receive the regular TAA news alertsvia email after 1st September this will mean that your subscription for the comingyear is overdue or has not been adjusted to the new subscription rates. Pleasecontact the Membership Secretary forsimple advice on how to make the correct payment to ensure that the newsalerts and other TAA services continue beyond Sept 1st.22.8.16


TAA joins GFAR as a Partner in the Global Forum

October 9th, 2018

The Global Forum is a unique forum bringing together all those concerned with how agricultural and food research and innovation can help deliver sustainable development. TAA is now publicly recognized as a Partner in GFAR through the GFAR website. We are now welcome to identify TAA and our members as Partners in GFAR through our website (see our Policy Advice pages) and communications. We can make use of the extensive GFAR networks to tell the world about what we are doing to deliver our common purpose. Members, can send articles, blogs, news and information about TAA and how it is helping to contribute to the aims of the Global Forum. Members who would like GFAR to specifically highlight their work, or celebrate a key event, through the GFAR website and emailed-updates, please contact Charles Plummer. Please contact the GFAR Secretariat for further advice: [Extract form message from Mark Holderness, GFAR Executive Secretary and TAA member].


Curry Club Talk: Date Change for GM Talk

October 9th, 2018

Change of date. Please note that we have re-scheduled Dr Pigeon’s talk on GM cropping to 15th December 2016. Regrettably, there were insufficient numbers signing-up for the original date of 25th August. Please keep the new date in mind for this interesting talk. See Events pages for full details.19.8.16


TAP and CABI release Common Framework on Capacity Development

October 9th, 2018

Capacity Development is a high priority among thePartners in GFAR (Global Fund for Agricultural Research). The TropicalAgriculture Platform (TAP) announces the publication of the TAP CommonFramework on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems,following on its finalization at the TAP Partner Assembly… Read more and download documents TAP and CABIare Partners in GFAR. The GFAR Secretariatcelebrates the work andcollective actions of Partners who share in our mission tostrengthen andtransform agri-food research and innovation systems globally.TAA is aPartner in GFAR. 17.8.16


Reminder: Curry Club Talks: GM crops worldwide – visionary precaution or euro-sclerosis?

October 9th, 2018

Please join us at the Strand Continental Hotel, Strand, London on 25th August for this very topical talk by Dr John Pigeon. The talk will address GM crops but will also consider the reasons for opposition in Europe to other new technologies, such as zero tillage (CA) cropping and effective, environmentally safer herbicides. A detailed appraisal will be presented of the global progress of GM crops, development of GM technology and an outline of research on novel GM management systems. It will include critical discussion of major UK, GM research, which has done little to rectify public mis-information around this emotive topic. See TAA Events for more details. Places still available, so please email Terry Wiles to reserve your place. A £14.00 charge includes coffee, lunch and the venue hire. 15.8.16


Can Plants Communicate? Implications for CA?

October 9th, 2018

TAA member Francis Shaxson has drawnattention to this intriguing subject, supported by Prof Norman Uphoff atCornell. Franciscites a Youtube video by a forester, Suzanne Simard, from the University of British Columbia, Canada onHow trees talk to each other’).She has observed the characteristics of forest soil profiles that shownot just roots but also fungal mycelia. Her experiments indicated that there istwo-way intercommunication, not only between individuals of the same species oftree but also between different species, along this network of mycelia. Normansupported this by reference to a similar video. Have a look and listen. It may have implications for abetter understanding why such activities as no-till/ Conservation Agricultureresults in better outcomes in terms of crop growth and development where thetreatment of soil is less damaging than conventional tillage, which physicallybreaks the fungal hyphae in the plough layer, thereby shutting-downsubterranean inter-plant communications of this sort?11.8.16


Membership Subscriptions update

October 9th, 2018

Thanks to those members who have updated theirStanding Orders or made BACS/Paypal payments for the coming year.However, if you missed updating your Standing Order, then this is a goodtime to do it or to set up one for payment from Aug 1st next year.To ensure that you continue to receive the journal (£50.00) orhave full year on-line access (£40.00), then please make a top-up or fullpayment now. Full details of how to pay are available on our website.To pay by credit card, use our Paypal link  If members areunsure of the amount they currently pay or have any questions, please contactLinda, our Membership Secretary. 5.8.16


Call for Evidence on the impact of rural infrastructure on smallholder livelihoods

October 9th, 2018

The APPG on Agriculture & Food forDevelopment invites written submissions from organisations and individuals onthe topic of ruralinfrastructure. Rural infrastructure is essential to improvingsmallholder productivity, access to markets and poverty reduction. The APPG istherefore holding an inquiry into the three aspects of rural infrastructurethought to be most crucial to smallholders’:energy, water and storage/transportation.The deadline for submissions is 15 October 2016. Background, terms of reference and submissionguidelines are downloadable here. If any TAA members wish to submit evidence, please copy to Terry Wiles, so that we are aware of contributions from TAA.  Followingthe receipt of written submissions, the APPG will be hosting roundtablesat Parliament during October 2016. The final outcome will be a report published inlate 2016 / early 2017, aimed at Parliamentarians, donors and NGOs. 3.8.16


TAA Caribbean Visit update

October 9th, 2018

Tim Roberts reports that there are now 10 persons signed up for the cruise/island stopover from 27th November to 11th December. Bruce Lauckner in Trinidad is preparing a comprehensive programme of island visits with the help of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). One of our members currently resident in Montserrat is also working on the 4 day stopover in Antiqua and Montserrat. A recent addition to our itinerary is the opportunity of a brief visit to the UWI in Trinidad, from which some of us graduated 50 years ago.It is still possible for graduates of ICTA and UWI or any other TAA member or guest to join us on what should be a memorable visit.If you ares interested, contact Tim Roberts,  tel: 01761 470455, who has full details.1/8/16


WhatsApp in Agriculture?

October 9th, 2018

In thelatest Update from GFAR (Global Forum for Agricultural Research),expansion of the use in India of smart phone messaging systems for agriculturalextension is described by a guest blogger, Mahesh Chander, of theDivision of Extension Education, ICAR- Indian Veterinary Research Institute. Thewidespread use of mobile phones in farming communities is changing the way people in India access extension support,grow and buy food. Read more31.7.16


REMINDER: Subscriptions due 1st August, please update your payment

October 9th, 2018

As a reminder, annual TAA membership subscriptions are due on 1stAugust. As agreed through the AGM last year, they have been increased to meet rising costs. To ensure that your membership runs concurrently, PLEASE update your standing orderwith your bank, on-line, make a payment through Paypal or BACS, or send a cheque toour treasurer. Subscription rates and payment details can be found on the TAA website.If unsure of your current payment, pleasecontact the membershipsecretary. 29.7.16


URGENT – HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR STANDING ORDER?

October 9th, 2018

The new TAA annual subscription rates are now in place for new financial year (July 2016- June 2017). Please amend your standing order ready for payment on Monday August 1st to ensure that your membership continues as you wish. This can be done through your bank or directly via your on-line banking system. Note the new subscription rates are:1. Full members with hard copy of the journal, all ages – £502. Online membership, with journal viewable on line, all ages – £40With so many improvements to the journal and the other services offered through TAA membership, this remains incredibly good value! PLEASE ACT NOW IF YOUR SUBSCRIPTION NEEDS AMENDING.27.7.16


Three reasons why we can win the fight against poverty

October 9th, 2018

Watch thisshort film about Sub-Saharan Africa by the One AcreFund, which is helping these farmers lift themselves out of poverty by delivering tothem life-sustaining farm services that are already in use all over the world.Click to view. David Hong of the One Acre Fund has been in discussion with TAA. 15.7.2016


DfID Funding for Agri-tech in developing countries

October 9th, 2018

The Knowledge Transfer Networkaims to speed up innovation, solve problems and find markets for new ideas.The Agri-foods team, based in Cambridge and Norwich (UK), covers Plants andCrops andsupports UK companies that would be interested to work collaboratively withcompanies and academic organisations in developing countries that grow tropicalcrops. There are a number of funding streams available to support collaborationbetween the UK companies and partners in the developing countries, such as thecurrent $4.0 million DFID funding for Agri-techInnovation in Developing Countries.14.7.16


Farming Matters June 2016 (Vol. 32 no. 2)

October 9th, 2018

This issue of Farming Matters looks at the growingnumber of initiatives that aim to revive the potential of traditional plantspecies, and illustrates that these plants can strengthen resilient familyfarming rooted in agro-ecology and diversity. Read opinions, perspectives,interviews, book reviews and groundbreaking field experiences from Canada,Ecuador, Ethiopia, Germany, India and Thailand. Read online For over 30years, Farming Matters has been sharing knowledge about agro-ecology rooted infamily farming with thousands of people all over the world. Every issue showshow family farmers are working with others to feed their families, regions andcountries, while at the same time contributing to climate resilience,biodiversity, healthy communities and food sovereignty. 12.7.16


Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture at Reading 9th Nov 2016

October 9th, 2018

The Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture will in future beopen to the public and co-hosted with Reading University. This year the lecturewill be in the evening of 9 November, with Prof Tim Wheeler talking on the topic of Climate Smart Agriculture. it will be preceded by a short AGM and followed by a reception.We are currently exploring with Reading University whetherit might be possible to have a workshop with TAAF awardees and ReadingUniversity students in the afternoon of 9 November. See Events pages for more details.10.7.16


TAA remains an international association

October 9th, 2018

The President and Chair of the TAA wish to confirm that the TAA remains a fully international professional association, concerned with the role of agriculture for development throughout the world, contributing to international policies and actions aimed at reducing poverty and improving livelihoods. The recent UK referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU) in no way lessens our commitments to such development. Moreover, we continue to welcome the valuable participation in the TAA by our many individual and institutional members from other countries of the EU and from around the world.28.6.16


Curry Club Talk: A Brief History of Coffee – Travels and Travails of the Bonanza Bean

October 9th, 2018

Reminder to come to hear Jim Waller talk on the Story of Coffee, at the Strand Continental Hotel, London, 30th June. 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. Book your place with Terry Wiles. The £14.00 charge includes coffee, lunch and the venue hire. Full details on Events page 24.6.16


TAA Carribean cruise with a difference Nov-Dec 2016: bookings now open

October 9th, 2018

It is some 50 years since the last UK trainees attended the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (ICTA) or later the University of the West Indies (UWI). Armed with a Diploma in Tropical Agriculture many TAA members subsequently enjoyed employment around the world putting the skills learned into practice. To celebrate this anniversary, TAA is organising a Caribbean visit by cruise ship mv Discovery. This should appeal to all those who trained in Trinidad but is open to anyone with an interest in Natural Resource Development on the islands. Visits will be made to Barbados, St Vincent, Antigua and Montserrat, with options for a longer stop-over in Antigua/ Montserrat or to stay on the ship and visit St Maarten, St Kitts, the British Virgin Islands and then return to Barbados. The second week of the cruise visiting Grenada, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St Lucia and Barbados. CARDI is putting together an agricultural programme for the island visits (details available soon). Anyone interested contact Tim Roberts asap who will send full cost and booking details for the cruise. For further information see the Caribbean Branch news of the TAA website and click through to the cruise details.Contact:  or call Tim on: 01761 47045515.6.2016


Field Study of Rwanda, APPG Report

October 9th, 2018

Read the latest APPG Agriculture &Food for Development report on a field study of Rwanda, with a focus on womenin smallholder farming, April 2016. Click here.14.6.16


MA programme in Land and Livelihoods

October 9th, 2018

Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology is introducing an M.A. programme in Land and Livelihoods, in the academic year 2016-2017.This programme, accredited by University of Mysore, combines social science and design practices to equip students with critical and creative skills. Click here for more information. Contact Muthatha Ramanathan if you have any queries.24/5/16


Global Agroscience Market 2015-2019

October 9th, 2018

It is estimated that by 2050, globalpopulation will be more than 9 billion. This is likely to reduce arable land asincreasing number of people will be living in cities. The demand for food willincrease. In addition, the demand for animal feed and biofuel will boostagricultural production. Soil erosion and land pollution will also responsiblefor reducing arable land per person. This puts pressure on farmers to improvetheir crop yield, thereby increasing demands for agrochemicals to enhance cropyield and quality. This report forecasts the global agroscience market to growat a CAGR of 12.25% over the period 2014-2019. It presents growth prospects of the global agroscience market, covering theAPAC, EMEA, Latin America, and North America; it includes a discussion of thekey vendors operating in this market. For more information please visit the product page.18.5.16


Changes to the main TAA lectures and events

October 9th, 2018

We have been trying to improve the timing of our mainlecture events to encourage greater participation. ExCo has set up asub-committee. In early June,.we will finalise the future  timetable. Initialdecisions include continuing to hold the Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture at ReadingUniversity but moving it to mid November, when students are more likely to beable to participate. This year the HBML will be on 9thNovember, when Dr Tim Wheeler of NERC willspeak on ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’, followed by buffet & wine reception;provisional details are posted on our Events pages. The Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture will move to March and will becomeitinerant, with the 2017 lecture probably in Cambridge. We still have to decideon the dates and venues of the AGM, Honours awards, TAAF presentations andReunion, which may return to early December in London.12/5/16


Conservation Agriculture Research Updates from Cornell

October 9th, 2018

Please read the latest news from Cornell on the TAA Conservation Agriculture News pages. Regrettably, the TAA seminar on CA planned for 19th May at the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, has been cancelled. This is because of a lack of attendees registering. 10.5.16


Hatemalo: Hand-In-Hand – Celebrating the Nepal and UK Development Partnership: 50 years in photographs.

October 9th, 2018

DFID Nepal is pleased to announce the opening of the DFID exhibition, Part of the bicentenary of Nepal-UK diplomatic relations, theexhibition celebrates some of the many development achievements that Nepal andthe UK have delivered in partnership over the past five decades. The exhibitionwill be open to the public between 13 and 22 May, at the Nepal Art Council,Babar Mahal, Kathmandu. Entry will be free.  Many TAA members will have contributed stories, photos and reminiscences for the exhibition. Any queries to Anika.6.5.16


Reminder: Annual TAA Bicton Conference

October 9th, 2018

The TAA Southwest branch invites you to Bicton College for the conference on the theme “Rural Entrepreneurship and Livestock, Challengesin East Africa”, on Thursday May 5th. See details in the TAA Events pages.and read and full programme here 2.5.16


A No-Till Show and Conference 2016

October 9th, 2018

Groundswell and the Farming Forum invite you to theirshow and conference on Thursday 30th June 2016 at Lannock Manor Farm, Weston,Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 7EE, United Kingdom (Junction 9, A1M). More detailsavailable at: www.groundswellag.com.Tickets available on-line.1/5/16


Carbon farming is a zero-risk strategy for curbing climate change

October 9th, 2018

Now that 195 nations, including the US, have agreed toambitious greenhouse gas emission reductions to slow the pace of climatechange, the question everyone is asking is: How will we actually meet ourtargets set for 2035?READ MORE in this article in The Hill by David Wolfe, professor of plant and soil ecology in the School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University.27.4.16


Reminders: TAA events Curry Club Lunch and Cambridge Agri-tech Seminar

October 9th, 2018

28thApril. Still not too late to register for the Curry Cub talk on CONSERVATIONAGRICULTURE – there are still places. Please register with Terry Wiles, TAAL&SE Group. southeast_convenor@taa.org.uk. 5th May: places still available for the TAA seminar on INNOVATIONS IN AGRI-TECHNOLOGY,Sainsbury Lab, Cambridge. Please register at Eventbrite or contact Keith Virgo.Full details of both meetings on the TAA Events pages.  22.4.16


The first European earthworm map is drawn

October 9th, 2018

We do try to bring members a diversity of news! The International Union of Soil Science reports that despite the abundance of earthworms in soils all around the world, there is a lack of information concerning the geographical distribution of many lumbricid species. Researchers from eight European countries have collected information on earthworm communities to map the biodiversity of these invertebrates and to put soil conservation on the political agenda. Read more ……25.3.16


New Membership Subscriptions: reminder to update your account

October 9th, 2018

Members will recall that we agreed to increase themembership subscriptions from July 1st this year. They have also been simplified into four main categories. Please make sure thatyou amend your payments/ Standing Orders before 1st July 2016. New members joining after 1st April willreceive full benefits until 30th June of the following year. Contact the Membership Secretary if you have any queries. FullIndividual Member (printed copies Agriculture for Development, all ages): £50 | OnlineIndividual Member (online access to Agriculture for Development, all ages): £40 | StudentMember (online access to Agriculture for Development): £15 | Corporate Member: £120 | TAAF Awardee1 year: Free | Honorary Member: Free 23.3.16


Seeking Advice on Planning a Fruit Farm in Iran

October 9th, 2018

A member of TAA ExCo has been in contact with a retired Iranian lady in London. She wishes toreturn to Iran to establish a top-fruit and soft-fruit farm on 1,000 ha ofland, under an Iranian government scheme to encourage expatriate Iranians toreturn to the country after the lifting of sanctions. The MinistryofAgriculture has agreed to help but needs a business plan, whichdefines a staged business development. She expects to need irrigation and hopes to use renewable energy and organic productionmethods. She also envisages a compost factory, cold rooms, research centre,library, training rooms and possibly livestock. However, she lacks technical skills in preparing a project. Ifany TAA member with suitable experience can help in any way in preparing abusiness plan, please contact Ms Rose Rostami (UK Mobil 0784 1497673), she would be very grateful. 14/3/16


Reminder: TAA Seminar on Land Degradation, Newcastle, UK

October 9th, 2018

The TAA (North of EnglandBranch) seminar will be held at Newcastle University, Agriculture Building on Wednesday9 March2016 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm. A sandwich lunch will be available from 1.00 pm). VistitTAA events pages for details and click here for the programme of speakers. Register your interest with JohnGowing, Branch Convenor.1.3.16


Biological Pest Control in Kenya

October 9th, 2018

Real IPM is a bio-pesticidecompanybased in Kenya. The companywas founded in 2003 by owners Louise Labuschagne and TAA member Dr Henry Wainwright (a former Lecturer at Writtle College, UK). It now employs 228 staff and is integral to sustainable pest controlin a range of crops including flowers, vegetables and fruit, supplyinghigh quality predatory mites for distribution locally and worldwide.CNBC Africa visited Real IPM last week. You can view their video of Real IPM on YouTube28/2/16


Calling all TAA members in Zambia/Southern Africa

October 9th, 2018

Our branch organiser, Chris Kapembwe, has drawn up a full programme of events for 2016. These will be held St Joseph Guest House at Ndola catholic diocese, along Broadway, Ndola. The first meeting, 12th February, will to register members, appoint office bearers and open a bank account. All members in the region are cordially invited to join this and subsequent meetings (which will be posted on the TAA Events pages), commencing with agricultural production in mining communities on 18th March. Chris has reached agreement with the St Joseph Guest House to hold all TAA meetings at their premises. Please email Chris if you can wish to attend these meetings.24/1/16


Please add your Career Summary to the TAA Website

October 9th, 2018

The Career Summaries offer a valuable source of information about the experience of our members. They offer a snapshot of the expertise available within our ranks and demonstrate the profession skills of the Association. On a practical level, they ultimately provide basic material for obituaries. Please do add your Career Summary, whether you are young or old. You can always update them over time. Simply go to the Expertise pages, Career Summaries, login with your user name and password and complete the boxes in as much detail as you wish. For those members who are seeking assignments, why not add your full CV to our Directory.23/1/16


Greetings from LendwithCare

October 9th, 2018

TAA is a lender to the Care programme. Tracey Horner, head of LendwithCare, wishes us a Happy New Year sent us an update on events during 2015, which was an incredibly rewarding year. It began by her joining some other adventurous lenders on a bicycle ride from Vietnam to Cambodia to raise funds for CARE. The ride culminated with an inspiring visit to some Cambodian farmers. A similar ride is taking place in November 2016 if you are interested in a new challenge? Please watch her video account.Due to the growing community of Lenders CARE was able to expand to two more countries, welcoming Microfinance Institutions Umutanguha in Rwanda and Thrive Microfinance in Zimbabwe as new partners. CARE hit the milestone of £8 million loaned to over 27,000 entrepreneurs – that’s £3 million more than this time last year!11.1.16


Conservation Agriculture in the Philippines – Video

October 9th, 2018

See the video on Conservation Agriculture being practiced in sloping terrain in the Philippines. Click here to view. Thanks to Gurpreet Singh of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, Gujarat, India, for sending the video via the FAO CA COP.3/1/16


New Year Greetings: please make a note of TAA events in your new diaries

October 9th, 2018

Click on the TAA Eventspages for full details of up-coming events being organised by TAA Branches nd corporate members: January 6th TAA SW Branch annual meeting, Exeter January 7th: CCF Annual Symposium, Cambridge January 12th:APPG Enabling smallholder agribusiness,London February 5th: International Farmers’ Dialogue Conference,Maharashtra, India March 9th: TAA Northern England Seminar: ‘Land degradation’,Newcastle May 5th: TAA East Anglia Seminar on Innovations inAgri-Technology, Cambridge. 30/12/15


Soil Health Institute launched in USA to benefit soil

October 9th, 2018

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, in partnership with the Farm Foundation, announces the launch of the ‘Soil Health Institute’, a private-public partnership that will work directly with farmers, researchers, academia, legislators, government regulators, industry, and environmental groups to improve soil health. The Institute will focus on five specific areas: research, standards and measurement, economics, education/communication and public policy. “There are two truths about soil,” says Bill Buckner, president and CEO of the Noble Foundation. “One is that soil plays a critical role in our everyday lives. The other is that soil is a precious resource that can be exhausted.” Over the last 150 years, half of the earth’s topsoil has been lost. In the U.S. alone, 70% of the soil is considered marginal. The Soil Health Institute will address these alarming trends. Read more26.12.15


Meet your ExCo Members

October 9th, 2018

We have added a new page to the website, which describes the members ofyour Executive Committee, just click here http://www.taa.org.uk/ExCo-Members.asp?subId=81&sub=yes.Please contact the concerned person if you need any advice on the TAA services,activities, publications or events. We need your feedback!Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all members.24/12/15


Passing of Patrick Haynes

October 9th, 2018

We are sad to announce that Patrick Haynes died peacefully after along-term heart condition, on 25th November. Patrick was for a longtime a member of TAA. He will be remembered by ICTA graduates who were taughtby him. He then worked with FAO and IITA on tropical root crops and later withWS Atkins until his retirement. His funeral will be at St Andrews Church,Girton, Cambridge CB3 0PN on Dec 16th at 2.00 pm. His wife Ruth advises thatdonations to WaterAid in his memory will be welcome (www.justgiving.com/PatrickHaynes).If you wish to attend the funeral and subsequent refreshments, please advise Ruth. 12/12/15


Announcing the Launch of GFAR.net!

October 9th, 2018

The Global Forum for Agriculture & Research (GFAR) is very pleased to announce the launch oftheir brand newwebsite: GFAR.net!With better search capabilities, a cleaner look, more intuitive navigation andmore dynamic content than ever before, the new website is sure to become a keyresource. Check out GFAR.net now! Join in withactions of the Global Forum by becoming a Partner in GFAR.Simply email GFAR-Secretariat@fao.orgstating that you wish to be involved in the collective actions of the Forum.GFAR will be pleased to recognize and help celebrate your work!26/11/15


TAA Annual Award of Honours, 2015

October 9th, 2018

We are delighted to announce the awardof honours for 2015, which were presented at our AGM on Nov 11th atthe Royal Over-seas League, London. Development Agriculturist of the Year: GeorgeRothschild. In recognition of a lifetime of work in agriculturalresearch for development,as a researcher, Director, Director-General,Board Member,Board Chair and GovernmentAdviser, andforsupporting the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Foodfor Development.TAA Awards of Merit: George Taylor-Huntand (posthumously) Bill Reed. In recognition of their work over manyyears for the TAA, as a members of the Executive Committee and asConvenors of the South West Branch.13.11.15


Agribusiness Reports from World Bank

October 9th, 2018

Grahame Dixie, TAA member and Agribusiness Adviser at the World Bank, haskindly provided links to some reports that may be ofinterest to TAA members. Read more at the TAA Agribusiness Group page 30.10.15


Report explores using insects to feed livestock

October 9th, 2018

The Global Food Security Programme report examining the potential of insects as animal feed can be downloaded (PDF  2.5 MB). Read more about the report and London workshop (August 2015), on which it is based. Sian Williams of Global Food Security Programme would be grateful for any feedback.27.10.15


TAA Draft Accounts 2014-2015 available on website

October 9th, 2018

Our Treasurer, Jim Ellis-Jones, has received the TAA accounts for 2014-15, which can be viewed on our website. These accounts will be presented at the AGM on Nov 11th for approval by the membership, as well as to seek agreement to re-appoint Montpelier as our independent accountants. Please do join us at the AGM, Ralph Melville Memorial Lectures (in the format of three TAAF presentations), and at the social with buffet supper and cash-bar. All at the Royal Over-seas League, Piccadilly London (see Events pages for details)25.10.15


Technical and reading books required for school libraries in Uganda and Tanzania

October 9th, 2018

Afrinspire of Cambridge is happy to receive books. Aswell as professional/technical books they also take any good quality andappropriate reading books from nursery child level through to adult.Typically the sort of books one might find in school libraries are a good indicationof what can usefully be sent to Africa. If members have surplus books, pleasecontact Ian Sanderson to arrange a time/method ofdelivery to their office or warehouse.Easy parking at the warehouse (WadloesRoad, CB58PX). In some circumstances they could collect.23.10.15


Reminders: TAA Curry Lunch talk 29th October and TAA AGM, RMMLs & Reunion 11th November

October 9th, 2018

Please see full details on the TAA Events Pages.Curry Lunchtime talkon by Antony Ellman on Artemisia annua, the anti-malarial medicinal plant. Strand,London. 29th Oct, 11.00 am start, curry lunch (£14) following thepresentation. Book your place with Terry Wiles. TAA AGM,RMMLs and annual reunion with buffet dinner and cash bar, Royal Over-seas League,Piccadilly, London. 11th November, 17.00 start. New format withthree presentations by TAAF awardees, and emphasis on younger generation. Book onlineby clicking here. £25 per head. 21.10.15


British Overseas Aid: DfID does ‘pretty well’, according to Economist

October 9th, 2018

The Economist (17/10/2015) includes an article on overseas development aid. Since 2010, the UK aid budget has risen by 40% and reached the 7% target. Only the USA disburses more. 62% of DfID spending goes to multilateral agencies and this seems to impart a positive influence and longer-term impact. Much of the budget goes to war-torn countries and in humanitarian aid. Read more ….17/10/2015


Seeking anyone who knew Kenneth DS Baldwin and his work in Nigeria in 1950s

October 9th, 2018

If anyone knew or worked with Kenneth D. S. Baldwin,author of The Niger Agricultural Project (1957) and co-author of NigerianCocoa Farmers: An ‘Economic Survey of Yoruba Cocoa-Farming Families (1956),please contact Jim Sumberg at IDS Sussex.He is writing a retrospective piece on the first of these books, but isunable to locate much information about Kenneth Baldwin. Tel: +44(0)1273915833 13.10.15


HLPE Report on Sustainable Agricultural Development for Food Security and Nutrition: an e-Consultation

October 9th, 2018

In October 2014, the UNCommittee on World Food Security (CFS) requested the High Level Panel ofExperts (HLPE) on Food Security and Nutrition to conduct a study on SustainableAgricultural Development for Food Security and Nutrition, including the role ofLivestock. The findings of this study will feed into CFS 43 Plenary session(October 2016). The HLPE is launching an e-consultation to seek inputs,suggestions, and comments on the present Draft. This open e-consultation willbe used by the HLPE to elaborate the report, before submitting to externalexpert review, and approval by the HLPE Steering Committee. The draft report can be downloaded here. To send comments and participate to the on-linediscussion, visit the dedicated HLPE e-consultation webpage. Comments can be submitted online until 31 October2015, by mail to FSN-moderator@fao.org, or directly to the HLPE Secretariat at cfs-hlpe@fao.org. Open to TAA members!08’10’2015


FAO Soil Quiz: simple test for the weekend!

October 9th, 2018

Do you know what is a healthy soil, or how long it takes for one centimetre of soil to form? Test your knowledge about soils! 15 questions to test your soil knowledge. Try your hand at the quiz !3.10.15


Corporate Membership Coordinator: Martin Evans

October 9th, 2018

Weare delighted to welcome Dr Martin Evans, who has volunteered to be our ExCo memberresponsible for coordinating TAA Corporate members. These now comprise some 22organisations (see the website for details). Martin lives in Cambridge, he has qualifications in natural sciences & agriculture and agricultural economics, and, as one can see from his careersummary, he has had a long career involving the corporate sector. Martin plans to be in touch with each of the Corporate members to assess howbest the TAA can serve their needs and involve them in our activities. Pleaseget in touch with Martin Evans if you would like to offer support or ideas.1.10.15


Welcome to the new TAA Zambia Branch

October 9th, 2018

At the Executive Committee (ExCo) meeting on 29thSeptember 2015, the new Zambia Branch was formally approved. Chris Kapembwa hasbeen the driving force behind this venture, with earlier encouragement from thelate Bill Reed, while Chris was studying at Bicton College. Chris is nowestablishing the Branch, based in Ndola, with support from localagriculturalists and members of the ministry of agriculture. He is looking forsupport from other TAA members in Zambia. ‘Nathan’ Duraisaminathan has alsobeen accepted as our new ‘Branches Coordinator’, who will assist Chris andother Branch Organisers. Jim Ellis-Jones (our Treasurer and an experienced inZambian hand) has offered to provide mentoring support for the new Branch.Please refer to the branches webpage for contact details and se the branch news pages for an account of the firstmeeting. Please contact Chris if you wish to help. Both Chris and Nathan are now members of ExCo.30.9.15


Welcome to the new TAA Zambia Branch

October 9th, 2018

At the Executive Committee (ExCo) meeting on 29thSeptember 2015, the new Zambia Branch was formally approved. Chris Kapembwa hasbeen the driving force behind this venture, with earlier encouragement from thelate Bill Reed, while Chris was studying at Bicton College. Chris is nowestablishing the Branch, based in Ndola, with support from localagriculturalists and members of the ministry of agriculture. He is looking forsupport from other TAA members in Zambia. ‘Nathan’ Duraisaminathan has alsobeen accepted as our new ‘Branches Coordinator’, who will assist Chris andother Branch Organisers. Jim Ellis-Jones (our Treasurer and an experienced inZambian hand) has offered to provide mentoring support for the new Branch.Please refer to the branches webpage for contact details and se the branch news pages for an account of the firstmeeting. Please contact Chris if you wish to help. Both Chris and Nathan are now members of ExCo.30.9.15


THE VALUE OF LAND – 2015 ELD Report Launch

October 9th, 2018

Land degradation is an increasing global issue,exacerbated by climate change and affecting food security, threatening waterresources and ultimately acting as a driver to migration. The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD study quantifies the costs of land degradation andsets out a universal approach for quantifying the economic benefits ofsustainable land management. It aims to enable decision makers to betterunderstand the overall costs and benefits when implementing policies andactions dealing with land. Read more on the TAA Land Husbandry News. Downloadable reports:  ‘The Value of Land’ & ‘ELD report for policy & decision makers’. 28.9.15


APPG News and DFID’s Proposed to Policy Framework on Agriculture

October 9th, 2018

The APPG on Agriculture & Food for Development participated in the International Development Committee’s reports on Jobs and Livelihoods and Sustainable Development Goals. The full reports can be viewed on the TAA Policy Advice/ APPG pages. Under Recommendation 12. it was agreed: “We support DFID’s focus on agriculture as the most likely sector to help raise people out of extreme poverty. It is a job intensive industry and the sector that most poor people currently work in. Agricultural processing and the food industry has the greatest potential for many African countries as the raw materials and market are local. We look forward to the publication of DFID’s agricultural strategy and recommend that our successor Committee inquire into this new agricultural strategy in the next Parliament. (para. 15)”. DFID intends to publish a summary policy framework on agriculture by the beginning of 2016. Read more on a recent presentation to a meeting of the African Smallholder Farmer Group in March 2015 by Emmanuelle Beguin and David Howlett on ‘DFID’s Thinking and Approach to Agriculture’. See also CABI’s initiative onGlobal Open Data on Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) was discussed. You can read more and join GODAN. The APPG Support Group (with Terry Wiles representing TAA) met on 14 Sept 2015.NOTE: The proposed TAA L&SE Branch visit to East Malling Research on 23rd Sept has been cancelled due to insufficient participants.


FINAL REMINDER: nominations for 2015 TAA Honours and Awards

October 9th, 2018

TAA honours those whohave made significant contributions to agriculture for development and to theTAA itself. These will be awarded at the AGM, November 11th. There are threecategories of award: ‘Development Agriculturalist of the Year’ (neednot be a TAA member); ‘Young Development Agriculturalist of the year’ (usuallyawarded to a TAAF Awardee); ‘Award of Merit or Honorary Membership’ isgiven to TAA member(s), who have made outstanding contributions to meeting theobjectives of the Association. PLEASE SEND NOMINATIONS by 16th September. Each nominationshould include a proposer and a seconder (both TAA members or employees of aCorporate Member) and a short statement of the ways in which the nominee meetsthe criteria for the award for which he or she is being nominated. For detailssee the TAA website Honours and Awards. More informationfrom TheHonours Panel. 15.9.15


URGENT Final Reminder: TAA – East Malling Research Fruit Production Visit, 23rd Sept

October 9th, 2018

The TAA London & SE Branch invites members and friends to visit EMR (Kent) for a comprehensive introduction to fruit production, with talks by individual specialists. For more details of EMR, click here.http://www.emr.ac.uk/. A fascinating programme on EMR’s fruit production programme, including buffet lunch and field visit. Click for full details on TAA webpages. DO NOT MISS this event. Arrive 12.30, depart 16.30. Please reserve a place with Terry Wiles. Deadline for reservations 15th September.14.9.15


Cambridge University Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security

October 9th, 2018

Global foodsecurity is a major research priority for UK and international science. TheUniversity of Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative in Global Food Securityaims to integrate research ongoing across the various university Schools andDepartments, to improve our understanding of the challenges of food security,and to develop solutions. Their Newsletter is now available online. http://www.globalfood.cam.ac.uk/news/newsletters.The TAA has successfullycollaborated with the Global Food Security team in joint seminars. Formore details of the Initiative, please contact Will Simonson. For other useful links to Newsletters,Journals and Magazines, go to the TAA Links pages.  [ERRATUM: Apologiesfor the Event Alert yesterday, the title should have been Montpellier Panel Report Launch, WebManager] 11.9.15


Bananas: news, blogs and analyses on topical issues

October 9th, 2018

Promusa (mobilizing banana science for sustainablelivelihoods) regularly circulates InfoMus@, a newsletter coveringall aspects of banana production, research, events and opportunities. ProMusa alsooversees the development of Musapedia: an online,collaboratively-built and peer-reviewed compendium of knowledge on bananas. Toreceive a copy of InfoMusa@ in your inbox, sign up here.[CGIAR accredited]. 7.9.15