The Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management Conference (Tropentag), organized by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU Vienna), took place last week in Vienna, Austria.
This annual conference addresses issues of resource management, environment, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, nutrition and related sciences in the context of rural development, sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation worldwide.
Bioversity International was the featured CGIAR center this year and turned out in force. M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, gave a keynote speech during the opening session on the growing importance of equity and fairness in using agrobiodiversity to meet Sustainable Development Goals.
We also organized a side-event: 'How can we conserve tropical trees and forests while using them, too?' During this event, a keynote speaker, five panelists and the audience explored questions about ways to balance conservation and use of tree diversity.
Our session on 'Seeds of Resilience - Novel strategies for using crop diversity in climate change adaptation' explored how we design and implement a comprehensive strategy that will allow farmers to access and use plant genetic diversity more effectively in the context of climate change adaptation.
During Tropentag 2016, Jonathan Steinke from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, received the fiat panis Hans H Rutherford Graduate Award for his master thesis research on ‘Citizen science with resource-poor farmers as a new approach to climate adaptation and food security: Evidence from Honduras'. This research was carried out through Bioversity International's ‘Seeds for Needs’ initiative. In addition, scientists also presented scientific posters and delivered numerous oral presentations throughout the three days of the conference.
Visit the Tropentag conference website for more information about this event
Photo top: Panel discussion at the side event: How can we conserve tropical trees and forests while using them too? Credit: Tropentag
Photo bottom: Ronnie Vernooy presents at the Seeds of Resilience session. Credit: Tropentag