Tropentag 2020 – Call for papers!

  • 04th March 2020
  • by secretary
Agrinatura News

Tropentag 2020 organised by Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, September 9-11, 2020

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


Tropentag 2020 will be hosted by Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference venue will be in Prague. All students, Ph.D. students, scientists, extension workers, decision makers, politicians and practical farmers, interested and engaged in agricultural research and rural development in transition and developing countries are invited to participate and to contribute.


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.

Conference theme

“Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmers’ and Academia’s view” If current global trends continue, 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 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 debate on global food production challenges has become polarized, among stakeholders, 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 think it possible to meet the high production demands and ecosystem health through conventional agriculture, the latter rather see the world’s small farmers increasing yields by adopting techniques based on natural processes that maintain or improve soil health without synthetic inputs. We will review recent research results addressing 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 change.

Dates and deadlines

Submission of abstracts 03.05.2020
Submission of workshops 03.05.2020
Acceptance of abstracts 01.06.2020
Acceptance of workshops 01.06.2020
Reconfirmation of participation 15.06.2020
Payment of conference fees by contributors 15.07.2020


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