TROPENTAG 2020

  • 04th March 2020
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TROPENTAG 2020 in Prague, 9.-11. September 2020

Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmers’ and Academia’s view

Tropentag is an international annual conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture and rural development. It is jointly organised by the universities of Berlin, Bonn, Goettingen, Hohenheim, Kassel, ZALF e.V. (all Germany), Ghent University (Belgium), Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (Czech Republic), BOKU Vienna (Austria), and the
Council for Tropical and Subtropical Research (ATSAF e.V.) Tropentag is interdisciplinary, science-based and development-oriented. It addresses issues of agriculture, agro-/forestry, fisheries, and overarching topics of natural resources management, environmental and economic sustainability, food security, and nutrition in the context of rural development and
poverty alleviation worldwide. The conference brings together students, junior and senior scientists, development practitioners, and experts from international research and funding organisations.

Tropentag 2020 is organised by the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague. All MSc and PhD students, scientists, extension workers, decision makers and politicians interested and engaged in agricultural research and rural development are cordially invited to participate and actively contribute. We particularly
encourage young scientists (MSc and PhD students and PostDocs) to present their work.

 

The Tropentag 2020 conference theme

 

Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmers’ and Academia’s view

 

If current global trends continue, sustained population growth and demands for richer and better-quality diets will require us to roughly double current crop production. However, current production practices threaten our planet through the loss of habitat, wildlife extinction and modification of water cycling, just to name a few. Agriculture is among the greatest contributors to global warming, the thirstiest user of water supplies and the major polluter of groundwater.
The debates on global food production challenges have become polarized, among both scientists and farmers, widening the gap between the advocates of industrial agriculture and global commerce, and the supporters of local food systems and organic farming. While the former claim it is possible to meet the high production demands through conventional agriculture, the latter are convinced that the world’s small farmers could increase yields by adopting techniques that respect natural equilibria and processes and maintain or improve soil health without synthetic inputs.
Tropentag 2020 will review recent research results that address these challenges from various points of view, with different approaches. Discussions in plenary and thematic sessions, guided poster tours, and workshops will provide participants with new ideas to enhance our understanding of the potential capacity of agroecology to maintain and restore soil health, conserve biodiversity and adapt to climate changes and help us face future crises, together with meeting the challenge of feeding global populations.

We look forward to welcoming you in Prague in September 2020
Venue:
Czech University of Life Sciences
Kamýcká 126, 165 21, Prague
Czech Republic

Agrinatura Travel GrantsAgrinatura

Agrinatura Association is offering 8 travel grants for MSc and PhD students participating at Tropentag.

AGRINATURA will grant 8 students from Agrinatura members’ institutions by travel grant of amount 300 EUR.

Students are challenged to submit their abstract to the Tropentag Conference till 3rd May, and in the same time to send the abstract and request for travel grant to Agrinatura Secretariat (email:secretariat@agrinatura-eu.eu) till 1st June. As soon as the abstract will be accepted by Tropentag conference committee, Agrinatura selection committee will select 8 students who will receive the travel grant.

Eligible student will have to:

  • be a student of Agrinatura member institution (the list of member institutions is available here)
  • be first author of the contribution
  • be personally present at the venue during the conference
  • place the logo of Agrinatura on the contribution (poster or presentation) and agree with publication on the website.
  • write a short profile and confirm they are not subsidised by another grant to participate on

More info: https://www.tropentag.de/