TropAg2017 Conference

November 29th, 2017

Global Food and Nutrition Security Group members Mario Herrero, Andrew Ash, Katharina Waha, Di Prestwidge, Cécile Godde, Theo Lenormand and Jeda Palmer attended the TropAg2017 conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20 to 22 November 2017. TropAg2017 is a leading tropical agriculture event, uniting researchers, investors, agribusiness professionals, policy makers, agricultural technicians, producers and students, across plant, animal and food sciences.

TropAg2017 focused on science and technology solutions across the agriculture and food supply chain. The conference theme was “high impact science to nourish the world”, reflecting the critical role of science, technology and innovation to the many challenges facing tropical and sub-tropical agriculture and food production globally.

Both Cécile Godde and Katharina Waha presented posters. Cécile’s poster titled ‘Is grass-fed beef good or bad for the climate?’ attracted a lot of interest. Cécile’s work found that at the global scale, grazing systems are net emitters of greenhouse gas emissions and won’t save the climate. Katharina’s poster was titled ‘Mapping mixed crop-livestock and multiple systems for climate change impact research’. Katharina’s novel work produced cropping and mixed system maps that improve climate impact assessment.

Concurrent symposium sessions that were of particular interest to our group include:

  • ‘Harnessing advances in livestock science to deliver sustainable development goals’ chaired by Lindsay Falvey, University of Melbourne, Australia and Jimmy Smith, International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya
  • ‘Opportunities and constraints in intensifying agriculture in tropical Australia’ chaired by Andrew Ash, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
  • ‘Managing climate risk and trade-offs in agriculture’ chaired by Tom Davison, Managing Climate Variability Program, Australia

See below for photos of some of the highlights for the Global Food and Nutrition Security Group from TropAg2017.

Photo credit: Jeda Palmer.