September 10th - 17th, in Goettingen, Germany followed by the participation in the TROPENTAG 2019 September 18th - 21st, in Kassel, Germany Tropentag 2019: Driving new ideas

It is the most important conference on tropical and subtropical agriculture and natural resource management.

Seminar Aims

The loss of biodiversity through direct and indirect human causes reduces adaptability to environmental changes and ecosystem services. Agriculture increasingly contributes to the loss of diversity through intensification of crop production and mechanisation of animal husbandry. The constant demand for increased yields of food and feed requires the provision of high-quality plant varieties up to efficient land use systems. In the past, increased yields in plant production were largely due to advances in breeding. In addition, fertilization, crop protection and new agricultural techniques contributed to increasing productivity.
The current social debate on the loss of biodiversity also calls for agricultural research and innovation through systemic approaches to optimise environmental compatibility and yield capacity. Conflicts of interest and complexity lead to scientifically controversial debates.

The Alumni seminar aims at training and debating in three selected agricultural topics (1) breeding, (2) biological plant protection and (3) mixed crop cultivation, which can counteract the loss of biodiversity. They fit thematically to the conference title "Filling gaps and removing traps for sustainable resource development".

The seminar and the conference visit are offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the framework of the program Alumni Special Projects. The International DAAD Alumni Seminar is organised and hosted by the University of Goettingen. The costs will be mainly covered by funds from the DAAD provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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