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The Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management Conference (Tropentag) is a development-oriented and interdisciplinary conference. It 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.

The conference,organized by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU Vienna), took place September 18-21 in Vienna, Austria.

Keynote: The growing importance of equity and fairness in using agrobiodiversity to meet Sustainable Development Goals

Ann Tutwiler, Director General, keynote speech at Tropentag 2016

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Workshop: How can we conserve tropical trees and forests while using them too

A keynote speaker, five panellists and the audience explored questions about ways to balance conservation and use of tree diversity, considering how innovative tools and interdisciplinary research can contribute to solutions to overexploitation and underutilization of trees, and degradation of woodlands and forests. 

"The different areas of expertise presented by the panelists, the intensive discussions following each topic, and the art to eventually sort, combine and conclude every presentation, made this workshop my highlight so far."
Find out why on the Tropentag blog

Workshop: Seeds of Resilience - Novel strategies for using crop diversity in climate change adaptation

Future impacts of climate change are expected to become more pronounced in many parts of the world, forcing farmers to change their practices and causing them to find crops and varieties better adapted to new weather dynamics. Providing farmers with better access to crop and varietal diversity can strengthen their capacity to adapt to climate change. Under supportive policy and socioeconomic conditions, such strengthened capacity could contribute to greater food availability throughout the year, the production of more nutritious and healthy crops, and income generation. This is easier said than done.

How do 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? This session responded to this question through an interactive introduction to the challenge of enabling farmers to use climate-adapted germplasm (led by Bioversity International), a practical example from the field to bring new diversity to farmers fields (a case study from Uganda), and a “this is how we support crop diversification for climate change adaptation” exchange among a number of experts from government (development cooperation), private sector and civil society.

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Bioversity International is a CGIAR Research Centre. 

CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 Research Centers in close collaboration with hundreds of partners across the globe.

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Conference organizers:

The annual Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management (TROPENTAG) is jointly organised by the universities of Berlin, Bonn, Göttingen, Hohenheim, Kassel-Witzenhausen, Hamburg, ZALF e.V., ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (Czech Republic), BOKU Vienna (Austria) and the Council for Tropical and Subtropical Research (ATSAF e.V) in co-operation with the GIZ Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF).

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Visit the official website of the event
Read the Tropentag blog
Visit the Tropentag Facebook page
See photos from the event on Flickr
For latest updates follow #Tropentag2016 on Twitter

Fiat panis award for thesis research

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.

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