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For services to sustainable agricultural development

The mission for TAA – Agriculture for Development is to contribute towards:

“Advancing education, research and practice in agriculture for rural livelihoods and sustainable development.”

In pursuit of this mission, TAA “Agriculture-for-Development” honours are awarded annually in recognition of significant contributions to the improvement of rural livelihoods in developing countries through sustainable agricultural development.

Honours are presented annually at the AGM, accompanied by framed certificates.

Categories

There are three categories:

1. “Development Agriculturalist”
2. “Young Development Agriculturalist”
2a: UK-based Young Development Agriculturalist
2b: Overseas-based Young Development Agriculturalist
3. “Award(s) of Merit”*

* Restricted to TAA members – individual or employees of institutional members.

Objectives of the TAA Honours

Category 1: Development Agriculturalist” (Open to any person – regardless of age – or to an institution)

  • To recognize outstanding contributions to agricultural development over the course of a career, with a focus on increasing food production, improving food security, reducing poverty and improving environmental sustainability in developing countries.
  • To inspire those involved in the struggle to reduce poverty through agricultural development.
  • To increase awareness of socio-economic conditions affecting sustainable agricultural development in developing countries.

Category 2: Young Development Agriculturalist” (under 30 years age).

Category 2a: Open to UK-based Candidates

  • To recognise the outstanding use of an opportunity (e.g:  as afforded by TAAF Awards) for gaining a better understanding of constraints to food security, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability in developing countries, and for making an initial contribution to overcoming these constraints.
  • To increase awareness of socio-economic conditions affecting sustainable agricultural development in poor countries, and of the measures needed for their improvement and to play a more active role in their solution.
  • To inspire other new graduates to become better informed about issues of agricultural development, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

Category 2b: Open to non-UK-based individuals, nominated mainly by our overseas branches or overseas-orientated institutional members.

  • To recognise outstanding achievement in gaining a better understanding of constraints to food security, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability in developing countries, and for making an initial contribution to overcoming these constraints.
  • To increase awareness of socio-economic conditions affecting sustainable agricultural development in poor countries, and of the measures needed for their improvement and to play a more active role in their solution.
  • To inspire other new graduates to become better informed about issues of agricultural development, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

Category 3: Award of Merit” (Open to TAA members only)

  • To recognize outstanding contributions to the functioning of the Association and in enabling TAA to meet its objectives.
  • To serve to inspire other members of the Association
  • To increase awareness of Association members and its stakeholders of socio-economic conditions in developing countries, including the prevailing dynamics affecting agriculture, poverty and food security.

Former Recipients of Honours

Click here for a list of previous recipients of TAA Honours

Eligibility and Nomination Criteria

Honours for “Development Agriculturalist” and “Young Development Agriculturalist. 

Two categories of honours can be awarded: the Development Agriculturalist is an award open either to a person (regardless of age) or to an institution. The Young Development Agriculturalist is open to a person of fewer than thirty years of age. Both honours are awarded irrespective of nationality or profession, for work that has contributed to the objectives of the honour, and that has resulted in a clear impact in developing countries. Two sub-categories of Young Development Agriculturalist are recognised: one for UK-based candidates, who normally will be selected from people who have been recent recipients of TAAF awards and one for overseas-based candidates.

Awards of Merit.

Honours can be made to an individual or corporate member of TAA, whose work has had a clear impact on the functioning of the Association and in meeting its objectives.

The TAA has no obligation to award an honour in a category in any year if suitably qualified candidates are not nominated.

Evaluation Criteria

The TAA Honours’ Panel, in its assessment of nominations, will emphasize proven recent tangible achievements and impact created from the nominee’s activities that relate to the objectives of the Honours and the nomination criteria.

Nomination and Selection Procedures

Download an honours nomination form (in WORD). Completed nominations forms should be submitted by 30th September to:
David Radcliffe, Chair, Honours Panel, Tropical Agriculture Association, 5 Windmill Lane, Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1TA. Tel 07887 751848.
E-mail: chairhonours@taa.org.uk.

Institutional Members are especially encouraged to propose employees, who merit recognition.
The TAA Honours Panel will review nominations to screen candidates and recommend honours for confirmation by the TAA Executive Committee. Each nomination will be confidential, with both a proposer and seconder.