19–21 September 2012, Göttingen, Germany. The 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.
Tropentag 2012 was organised jointly by the faculty of agricultural sciences and the faculty of forestry of the Georg-August Universität Göttingen and the faculty of organic agricultural sciences of the University of Kassel. The conference venue will be in Göttingen, Germany. All students, Ph.D. students, scientists, extension workers, decision makers, politicians and practical farmers, interested and engaged in agricultural research and rural development in the tropics and subtropics are invited to participate and to contribute.
Plants and Soils
Cropping systems and environment
Crop biotic stresses (DPG session)
Cropping systems to maintain soil quality and available soil moisture
Mineral fertilisation and resilience of cropping systems
Innovations in cropping systems
Innovations in cropping systems II
Cropping systems and environment II
Innovations in agricultural engineering
Food, health and nutrition
The Joint Learning in Innovation Systems in African Agriculture (JOLISAA) program, represented by Vincent Archiba Schmitt, shared recent experiences on innovation processes involving multiple stakeholders and types of knowledge.
Innovation Systems (IS) perspective inspires the framework of the JOLISAA research. IS stressed that the flow of technology and information among stakeholders is key to innovative processes. The project uses several avenues (inclusion/exclusion criteria, storyline, common underlying concepts, and iterative processes) to identify relevant innovations for deeper assessment and joint learning. JOLISSA lists selected innovations in three national inventories (Benin, Kenya, and South Africa).
Jointly, practitioners and researchers assess 13 cases from the existing national inventories. The key steps in this collaborative case assessments are: i) planning meetings, ii) focus group discussions, iii) multi-stakeholders feedback, and iv) literature review.
First findings of the study show that African innovation processes at smallholders level have the capacities to take advantage of opportunities, create markets, and manage natural resources. The project recommends long term support (min. 10 years) in dynamic, iterative and flexible manner adapted to specificities of context. This allows unfolding of multiple stakeholders processes and widespread impact of innovations in the African agricultural sector.
If you are interested and work on this topic, do not miss the international event JOLISAA will organize late may 2013, Kenya.
of the 2012 conference as PDF (2.3MB)
Tropentag 2013 will be held at the University of Hohenheim,