Tropentag 2014

Spreading the Enthusiasm for Excellence in Research

“‘The intrinsic motivation of the researcher’ – that is what unites us,” asserted Dr. Christoph Sänger, quoting Goethe, at the Hans H. Ruthenberg-Graduate and the Josef G. Knoll European Science Award Ceremony on Friday. Sänger, who investigated small farmer dairy markets in Vietnam, was one of six young researchers who were lauded for the excellence, relevance, and social and scientific contribution of their Masters or Ph.D. theses.
Tropentag_2014_Day1_jpg025 Eva-Marie Meemken Receives a Hans H. Ruthenberg-Graduate-Award 2014 at Tropentag

Earthworms and yam beans: feeding fish in the future

Aquaculture is the world’s fastest growing food production industry, with farms supplying around half of the global fish supply. But to satisfy our soaring appetite for aquatic food, we first have to be able to feed the fish and shellfish. This isn’t such an easy task, as conventional feeds are becoming less sustainable and available. It’s no wonder then that the “Animal feeding and nutrition” Thematic Session was unofficially re-named “the fish and aquaculture” session, as all three presenters shined a spotlight on innovative aquaculture feed sources that are nutritious, but that can also address the challenges and demands of intensified fish and prawn farming. So what’s on the plate? Farmed Nile Tilapia, Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Samuel Stacey, 2012. (Continue...)

Michael Hauser: “we are dealing with a systemic challenge”

“As soon as we have recognized that this is a systemic challenge (the gap between knowledge and action), we need systemic responses”

Interview with the manager of Tropentag 2014: Bohdan Lojka

Are you interested in the background of Czech organisation team? See how to maybe organise Tropentag at your own institution!

The People, the State and the Forest – Java

Who should manage the forest, the people or the forest corporation? In Indonesia, State Forest Corporation (SFC) has been granted by the authority to manage the teak forest on Java Island. There is currently an emerging conflict about the usage of teak forest between the corporation and the villagers. Over 30 years, the teak forest in Java has been controlled by the SFC and the only way that the community can have access is through the Collaborative Forest Management Program (CFMP). “The general impression is nothing really changed in Java” - Wiene Andriyana told the audience during the parallel plenary sessions on natural resources management. Tropentag_2014_Day2_Presentation1jpg013 (Continue...)

Patrick van Damme's guest speech and interview: The multiple faces of agroecology

“Agroecology is a science discipline; it is also an agricultural practice and is even a social movement, with believers and non-believers”.
Session: Plant & Soil (1a)

Weeds, Youth and Mangos - poster session overview.

Tropentag_2014_Day2_Presentation1jpg041 Conservation agriculture (CA) has been advocated by many scientists as the solution for sustainable agricultural production. Indeed, finding of many research project support it and it can also be seen at Poster Sessions of Tropentag2014, where successful examples were given: applying no-tillage farming had a positive influence for Acrisols in Brazil, mulching application in Kenya provided better water retention or combination of technics increased yields in Mexico. However, a case study from R. Romero-Perezgrovas says, that on 6% of increase in soil fertility on the one hand, farmer would get 50% weeds in his field. (Continue...)
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