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ECHO International Agriculture Conference, Florida 13/11/2018 7:00 am

The ECHO International Agriculture Conference, 13 – 15 November, is celebrating its 25th anniversary! They are thrilled to celebrate this milestone by highlighting you, our network members! We hope that you can join us this year, and share your stories! Read more details 

ECHO Asia and ECHO East Africa are both institutional members of TAA.

Register on-line.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Florida

TAA Visit to Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) 14/11/2018 12:30 am - 4:00 pm

The TAA London and South East Branch has arranged a private, TAA-dedicated visit to the Museum of English Rural Life. The visit will take place in the afternoon prior to the Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture beginning with lunch at The Dairy café next door. The MERL is part of the University and works with Reading Museum as part of the Museums Partnership Reading, which is funded by the Arts Council England. The Museum is dedicated to recording the changing face of farming and the countryside in England. It uses its diverse collections to explore how the skills and experiences of rural people have helped shape our lives. It houses not only artefacts but designated collections of national importance that span a very wide range of objects, archives, photographs, film and books. It also houses a library and a reading room.

Isabel Hughes, Associate Director, Dr Ollie Douglas, Curator of MERL Collections and Caroline Gould, Principal Archivist will host the TAA visitors. The visit will consist not only of viewing artefacts and displays, but the team will explore links with overseas and tropical agriculture, explain how the archive works, and show material connected to the late Professor Hugh Bunting. Itinerary 12.30 Lunch at the Old Dairy Café (former University dairy, adjacent to Museum); 13.30 Introduction to The MERL – Ollie Douglas; 13.45 Visit to the library and archives – Caroline Gould; 14.15 Museum tour; 15.30 Tea and discussion; 16.00 Depart for the Agriculture Building (see University map)

Directions: See the Museum’s website for details.  There is some limited parking immediately adjacent to the Museum. For those coming by train and bus: Take number 21 bus (maroon), which is every 15 minutes from the station and ask to be dropped at the bottom of Kendrick Road. Walk up towards Abbey School. Just as you reach the school campus take the narrow alley on your left. Walk its full length and on your right is MERL. The café is on your left.

Please contact Terry Wiles if you wish to attend.

Merl, Reading

TAA Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture: ‘Climate Risk Management in Sub-Saharan Agriculture 14/11/2018 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This annual public lecture, co-hosted by TAA and the University of Reading, School of Agriculture, Policy & Development, will focus on the risks to small farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa resulting from climate change and other factors, and the means to mitigate them. The lecture will take the form of four short presentations by people specialised in assessing risks from the climatic and farming side and in provision of insurance for farmers. These will include (i) Olga Speckhardt – Head of Global Insurance Solutions – Syngenta Foundation, will speak on index-linked crop insurance and AcreAfrica work; (ii) Rosalind Cornforth – Director, Walker Institute – Reading University; (iii) Peter Dorward – Leader of the PICSA Programme – Walker Institute – Reading University. This will be followed by a panel discussion. The event will be chaired by Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, TAA President. The programme will commence at 17.30, with a networking meeting, followed by a welcome at 18.30 by Professor Julian Park, Head of School. The Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture event will commence at 18.40. The evening will conclude with a wine and finger buffet,19:40 – 21:00. Members, spouses and friends are welcome.

To reserve your seat, please contact Teresa Hicks or call her on: 0118 378 4549. See full announcement 2018_HBML_announcement_ver1

A separate afternoon tour of the University’s ‘Museum of English Rural Life’ is being arranged for TAA members and friends. This is located on the University’s London Road Campus.

Reading University, Agriculture Building, Reading

Clean water linked to rising birth rates in Africa, APPG 19/11/2018 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Baroness Jenny Tonge (co-chair of the APPG on Population, Development and Reproductive Health) and Lord Cameron of Dillington (co-chair of the APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development) invite you to a policy briefing on: Clean water linked to rising birth rates in Africa with Dr Mhairi Gibson, Reader in Anthropology at the University of Bristol. A question and answer session will follow.

Bristol University recently carried out a study on a rural development intervention which included installing clean water taps in rural Ethiopian villages. This had positive effects but the study also identified that improving health conditions can introduce higher birth rates and local population growth. This demonstrates the need for culturally appropriate family planning and reproductive services to be combined with other types of development intervention. This briefing will explain why development initiatives must consider women’s reproductive health and services.

Click here for location map of House of Commons area.




Portcullis House, Room T, London

3rd International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Global Food Security 26/11/2018 9:00 am

The conference will be held during November 26-28, 2018 and will examine research and development, both locally and internationally, through workshops & symposiums. Major Scientific Sessions will include Agriculture Sessions, Food Sessions, Veterinary Sessions and Aquaculture Sessions. Visit the event website for details of each session and related conference information.

Contact Manoj Kumar, Senior Conference Executive, for more information . On-line registration

Universiti Putra, Kuala Lumpar

Agripace 2018 International Conference on Agricultural and Food Sciences 26/11/2018 9:00 am

We are delighted to welcome you to for the Agripace 2018 conference 26 to 28 November. This will focus especially on collaborations among agriculture and food sector researchers, industrialists and professors to share trans-disciplinary integrative thinking to produce profitable & sustainable Agriculture. Agriculture is the most important industry for any country and many countries have been focusing on economic development to boost farming. Agricultural and food science is a specific kind of the research that specializes in analyzing farming methods and food production procedures to increase yield, food safety, food nutrition and other factors. Today, the world has more than enough food to feed everyone, yet 850 million are food insecure. Achieving food security requires adequate food availability, access, and use. Agriculture and food science plays a key role in providing more food production, proper food security methods and food with high nutrition status. More Agricultural production + Proper food security + High nutrition food leads to Profitable & Sustainable agriculture.
For more details on conference sessions and programme, visit the event website. TAA has agreed to ‘associate’ with the conference.

Click here to register. For any further queries, do not hesitate to contact Veejay

Hotel Avani Atrium Bangkok, Bangkok

Smart Farming Technology Symposium 28/11/2018 9:00 am

The future of ‘Smart’ farming – leveraging digital technology to farm more efficiently -is inextricably linked to our ability to ‘connect’ farms via the internet. ‘Smart’ farming depends on exchanging data with, within and between farms. The speed of connection is critical and if we don’t have the adequate bandwidth in regional Australia we will miss out on the third wave of the internet. Join the conference 28th– 30th November 2018.

Advances in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) coupled with in-situ, low-cost sensors of soil moisture, plant biomass and local climate conditions means our fields and even our livestock are set to become sources of high quality, real-time, biophysical data. Add to this intelligent and autonomous system both on the ground and in the air to meet the needs of surveillance, timely resource management and improving workflow. Smart farming now, and certainly in the next 5 -10 years will be about our ability to communicate with, within and between farms. Connection and communication is the key.

Highlights:Internet of Agriculture Things; Digitization in Agriculture – Insight into the network World; Utilizing intelligent Sensors and Advancements in Robotics for Smart Farming; The Value of Farm Data – The Benefits of collecting and processing agronomic Data; Practical Applications of UAV in Agriculture; Smart Farming Success Stories and Real World Examples for the Agricultural IoT; Opportunities for new Business Models; Mini-Workshop on Drones In Agriculture.

Please contact Ivory Nkosi at Africa Global Education for details and registration form

Souther Sun Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Curry Club Talk: International Programmes and Projects at Rothamsted Research 29/11/2018 10:45 am - 2:00 pm

Nicola Yates, of Rothamsted Research (an institutional member of TAA), will outline the way the organisation has evolved and will introduce the latest efforts and opportunities at Rothamsted in its transition towards an ever-stronger international role. Most members of TAA are familiar with the world-famous Rothamsted Agricultural Research organisation, which until 1994, was an institute of the Agricultural Food and Research Council (AFRC). Like many organisations of its type, Rothamsted Research has undergone major development in recent years. It has widened the scope of its traditional role to further embrace global targets, international co-operation and partnerships in industrial research and development. This has been accompanied by major expansion and upgrading of the infrastructure and facilities at both the Harpenden and North Wyke sites. Our speaker, Nicola Yates, has been a member of Rothamsted since 1991, initially as a research agronomist working on Conservation Agriculture, then on Bioenergy crops. In 2016, she was appointed International Projects Officer and manager of the prestigious Rothamsted International Charity, which provides fellowships for scientists from low to middle income countries.

To be held at the Strand Continental Hotel. £15 per head to include coffee, curry lunch and use of the meeting venue and facilities. Book your place with Terry Wiles

Strand Continental Hotel, London

International Conference on “Climate Change Impacts on Food and Nutrition Security” 11/12/2018 9:00 am

The Faculty of Food and Agriculture of The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, is proud to host the conference during November 12-16, 2018 at. We are delighted to invite participants, speakers, students, delegates and exhibitors to attend this prestigious event.

The conference aims to address the challenges of food and nutrition security in the era of climate change. The conference would collate and share new research experience and findings in sustainable agriculture with special reference to food security and climate change through interactions and publications.

The scientific program includes the following thematic areas:
 Mon 12 Nov: Food and Nutrition Security; 
Tues 13 Nov: Climate Smart Agriculture;
 Wed 14 Nov: Agro-Ecology 
Thurs 15 Nov: Integrated Management of Plant, Animal and Environmental Health. 

For further details of the conference and submission of papers, kindly see our website.

[Kindly submitted by TAA member Wendy-Ann Isaac, of University of West Indies].

Registration on-line.

Conference Centre, Port of Spain

TAA AGM, Honours Awards and Social Reunion 11/12/2018 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We look forward to welcoming members and friends to our AGM, to be held at The Royal Over-Seas League, Park Place, St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1LR.

The event will include the award of TAA Honours for 2018, followed by a presentations by the recipient of the ‘Development Agriculturalist’ award, as well as talks by recent TAAF awardee(s). A cash bar will be open. The event will conclude with our social reunion, accompanied by a fork supper, and a raffle. There will be a charge of £25 to cover room hire and the supper (payable on the night). Click here for the Provisional Agenda and Programme 2018_AGM_and_Reunion_Announcement.

Members, spouses and friends welcome.

Please reserve your place with Elizabeth Warham.

Royal Over-seas League, London

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