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Ralph Melville Memorial Lectures

Delivered by a renowned keynote speaker, held annually, usually at a leading University or institutional venue in the UK. The lectures are in memory of Ralph Melville 1912-1982, tropical agriculturalist and first President of the TAA.

Hugh Bunting Memorial Lectures

Prof Hugh Bunting

An annual lecture on a topical issue related to international agricultural development. The lecture is in memory of Prof Hugh Bunting, 1917-2002, a founder member of TAA and world-renowned tropical agriculturist. The lecture is held at Reading, in collaboration with Reading University.

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35th Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture

‘Game-changing technologies for agriculture and the future farm’ by Dr Elizabeth J Warham FRSB, who leads the Department for International Trade (DIT) Agri-Tech team that promotes the investment and trade of innovative agricultural businesses, products and services. Delivered on 11th June 2018 at the House of Commons, London. Event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Food and Agriculture for Development.

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12th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

Integrating women and youth in climate-smart African agriculture’ by Margaret Najjingo Mangheni, Associate Professor of Agricultural Extension, Department of Extension & Innovation Studies, Makerere University, Uganda. Delivered 8th November 2017 at Reading, event co-hosted by Reading University.

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34th Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture

‘Interdisciplinary food systems training to address global food challenges’ by John Ingram, Food Systems Programme Leader at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI), leader of the multi-university post-graduate food systems training programme ‘Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning’ (IFSTAL), and the UK Global Food Security programme on ‘Resilience of the UK Food System’. Delivered at the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge on 7th March 2017

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33rd Annual Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture

Changing needs and changing opportunities in international natural resource development. Antony Ellman and former TAAF wardees: James Alden, Paul Baranowski, Daniella Hawkins and James Lomax. Delivered on 17 November 2015 at the Royal Overseas League, London.

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32nd Annual Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture

‘Improving smallholder agriculture’. By Dr Mike Bushell, Principal Scientific Advisor for Syngenta. Formerly Head of Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre; Visiting Professor at Nottingham University. Delivered in London 10th December 2014.

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11th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

“Climate Smart Agriculture – helping smallholder farmers manage the risks and opportunities presented by climate change”, by Prof Tim Wheeler, Director of Science and Innovation at the UK Natural Environment Research Council. Delivered at Reading University on 9 Nov 2016.

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10th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture.

‘Going the extra mile: helping smallholder farmers obtain the knowledge they need to lose less and grow more?’ by Dr Trevor Nicholls is the Chief Executive Officer of CABI, a scientific research, publishing and international development organisation that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture. Delivered at Reading University on 8 June 2015.

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9th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

Can voluntary sustainability standards incentivise smallholder adoption? – the case of rice by Dr Wyn Ellis, Coordinator of the Sustainable Rice Platform, a global multi-stakeholder initiative working to promote sustainability in rice value chains. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Tropical Agriculture Association, serving as its Southeast Asia Coordinator. Delivered at Reading University on 9 June 2014.

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31st Annual Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture

‘Challenges of the 21st Century’. By Sir John Beddington, UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) from 2008-2013, and Elizabeth Warham, who provided advice and support to Sir John during his tenure as GCSA. Delivered in London November 2013.

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30th Annual Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture

‘Shaping the future together: transforming agricultural research for development’. By Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), based in FAO, Rome, delivered in London November 2012

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8th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

‘Horticulture – the key ingredient in the developing world for nourishing families, empowering women, and commercialising smallholders’, by JDH (Dyno) Keatinge, Director General of AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center based in Taiwan, and Visiting Professor of Tropical Agriculture at the University of Reading. Currently guiding AVRDC research and development to strengthen vegetable production and promoting vegetable consumption worldwide. Delivered in Reading, 2013.

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7th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

The future of agriculture through a hunger eradication lens‘ byAndrew MacMillan, an agricultural economist, formerly Director of FAO’s Field Operations Division, delivered at Reading University on 11 June 2012.

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6th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

‘The Future of Farming: what needs to change? A Personal View’ by Amir Kassam OBE, FSB, Convener, Land Husbandry Group, TAA, Visiting Professor, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, delivered at University of Reading on 13 June 2011.

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29th Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture

‘Agriculture and eradicating poverty: towards a new approach’, by Dr Andrew Shepherd,  delivered in London on 23rd November 2011

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28th Annual Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture

John Wibberley

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5th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

Future of Agriculture: Sustaining what, where, how and by whom?’ by AndrewBennett, CMG, TAA President, delivered at Reading University, 7th June 2010.

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27th Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture

Where theory and practice meet: Innovation, communication and extension among smallholder farmers?. by Dr Chris Garforth, delivered in London on 9th December 2009.

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26th Melville Memorial Lecture

Christie Peacock

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25th Melville Memorial Lecture

Geoff Hawtin

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24th Melville Memorial Lecture

Joachim Otte

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23rd Melville Memorial Lecture

Gordon Conway

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3rd Bunting Memorial Lecture

Alain de Janvry and Elisabeth SadouletrnProfessors, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley. rn”Agriculture for development or business as usual?rnLessons from the World Development Report 2008″rnJoint Lecture: TAA/University of Reading

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2nd Bunting Memorial Lecture

Norman Uphoff, Professor of Government, Cornell Institute of Public Affairs, Cornell University.rn”Agricultural Futures: What lies beyond ‘Modern Agriculture’?”rnJoint Lecture: TAA/University of Reading

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1st Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

Agricultural Futures: can production and ecosystem services be delivered?‘ by J Gregory, Chief Executive and Institute Director, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee. Delivered at University of Reading on 6th June 2006.

Prefaced by  ‘An appreciation of HUGH BUNTING’, presented by Andrew Bennett, CMG,

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