May 16, 2017
from 01:30 PM to 06:00 PM
|Where||Sophi Taylor Centre, NIAB Innovation Farm, Villa Road, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9NZ|
|Contact Name||Keith Virgo|
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The seminar is being organised by the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA) East Anglia Branch, the NIAB International, CambPlants Hub and the University of Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative in Global Food Security (GFS).
The seminar will learn from the experiences of two of East Anglia’s leading crop research centres on their successes in transferring research results to farmers in Kenya and Ethiopia.
To reserve a place at the seminar, please go to Eventbrite
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The speakers and their tentative topics, will be:
Tinashe Chiurugwi, of NIAB International, will present a paper entitled: “Supporting smallholders in improving wheat cultivation”. This will summarise issues and challenges constraining smallholder wheat cultivation and will discuss NIAB’s R&D support for smallholder wheat farmers in Kenya, through their Agri-Transfer project. NIAB hopes that a member of the Kenyan KALRO team from Nairobi will join the seminar.
|b)||Peter Emmrich of the John Innes Centre, Norwich will talk on “The potential of improved grass pea genotypes for food security in water-stressed regions”. This will be based on his current research on grass pea research in Ethiopia. Grass pea is a highly nutritious legume crop with outstanding tolerance to drought and flooding and can be grown with limited agricultural inputs but it contains a neurotoxin (beta-ODAP). Peter aims to remove the toxin to enable use of the crop to increase food security in low-income areas.|
There will be a Panel Discussion, including the speakers and invited panellists for participants’ questions and discussion. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available and there will be an opportunity to visit the research glasshouses on the adjacent NIAB Innovation Farm, especially to see wheat and ornamental plant breeding.
14.00 Welcome by Keith Virgo (TAA)
14.10 Introductions by NIAB, CambPlants Hub and GFS
14.30 Presentation by Tinashe Chiurugwi
15.25 Presentation by Peter Emmrich
16.50 Panel discussion
17.30 Tea/coffee/snacks and networking
We request a donation of at least £5.00 per head towards the venue hire and refreshments.