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Annual Tropical Agriculture Association Seminar

Transfer of Crop Research Knowledge to Small Farmers with emphasis on East Africa
When May 16, 2017
from 01:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Sophi Taylor Centre, NIAB Innovation Farm, Villa Road, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9NZ
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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:


Lesley Boyd, NIAB International

"Supporting smallholders in improving wheat cultivation.

b) Peter Emmrich of  the John Innes Centre, Norwich will talk onThe 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.

Proposed Programme:

13.30     Tea/Coffee

14.00     Welcome by Keith Virgo (TAA)

14.10     Introductions by NIAB, CambPlants Hub and GFS

14.30     Presentation by Tinashe Chiurugwi

15.15     Questions/Discussion

15.25     Presentation by Peter Emmrich

16.10     Questions/Discussion

16.20     Tea/Coffee

16.50     Panel discussion

17.30     Tea/coffee/snacks and networking

18.00     Close

We request a donation of at least £5.00 per head towards the venue hire and refreshments.

Click here for location details. Parking plentiful; Guided Bus service from railway station/city centre (car shuttle service will meet at ‘Histon & Impington’ stop).