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Sustainable Agriculture Development Seminar

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This event is led by the Tropical Agriculture Association

The seminar is being led by the Tropical Agriculture Association, co-sponsored by the University Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security, the Humanitarian Centre and the Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF)

The world is facing many threats, not least the need to feed an increasing population.

Modern technologies are encountering environmental and economic constraints. Agricultural and environmental sciences need to converge through agro-ecology.

Two such bodies of practice have emerged over the last 10-20 years: the System of rice intensification (SRI) and Conservation Agriculture (CA), which enable producers to raise production with lower cost, less dependence on agro-chemical inputs and lower energy and water requirement. These optimise conditions for crop growth, above and below ground.

Presentations will be made by two TAA members, Dr Willem Stoop (University of Wageningen) on SRI , and Dr Amir Kassam (FAO and Reading University) on CA.

They will discuss the basic principles of these agro-ecological concepts and practices, with evidence that the approaches can reorientate agriculture in developed and less-developed countries to achieve greater productivity with sustainability. There will be time for open discussion. Tea/Coffee and biscuits will be served.

Please email Keith Virgo to confirm interest and book a place.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Global Food Security series.

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