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Improving Rural Livelihoods by reducing crop losses

last modified May 11, 2018 11:13 AM
Last Wednesday the Cambridge Global Food Security IRC and CambPlants Hub co-hosted the Annual Seminar of the Tropical Agricultural Association at the David Attenborough Building. This year’s event was on the theme of “Improving Rural Livelihoods by Reducing Crop Losses”.

This year's annual Seminar of the Tropical Agriculture Association East Anglia Branch was focussed on reducing crop losses especially in East Africa.

The speakers at the event were:

o   Dr Philip Taylor who gave a presentation on the work of CABI’s Plantwise programme and how it supports smallholder farmers, aiming at increasing food security and improving rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses.

o   Dr Luke Braidwood from the Department of Plant Sciences, who spoke about maize lethal necrosis, a viral condition which has been spreading around East Africa over the last 5-10 years.

The talks were followed by networking and a tour to the Attenborough Building to learn about the sustainability features incorporated into its design.