2018s Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture puts a spotlight on Climate Risk Management in Sub-Saharan Agriculture

Date: 19th October 2018

The 13th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture on Wednesday 14th November 2018 is set to feature three industry specialists speaking about 'Climate Risk Management in Sub-Saharan Agriculture'.

The annual event that is in honour of Hugh Bunting, an academic, who inspired and challenged several generations of his students, many of whom went on to fill influential positions around the world, will be held in the John Madejski Lecture Theatre, at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading from 17:30.

The speakers will include:

Professor Peter Dorward, Leader of the Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture (PICSA) Programme which is becoming widely used in developing countries. Peter's main areas of interest are innovation and smallholder agriculture.

Professor Rosalind Cornforth, Director of the Walker Institute, an interdisciplinary research institute supporting the development of climate resilient societies.

An example of one the institutes projects is the Drivers of Regional East Monsoon Variability (DREAM) project that aims to identify regional and local sources of moisture for the East Asian hydrological cycle, and to understand how large-scale drivers influence these sources of moisture.

Olga Speckhardt, Head of Global Insurance Solutions at the Syngenta Foundation, who has a rich background in insurance and reinsurance. Olga is a member of the Board of Directors for the Agriculture and Climate Risk Enterprise company and is Chair of the Swiss Capacity Building Facility, that assist financial institutions.

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The Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture, is hosted in partnership by the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA) and the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading.

Hugh was a Professor of Agricultural Botany at the University of Reading from 1956 to 1982 and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food. He played a leading role in developing the University's competence and reputation in tropical agriculture. He held the first and only Chair of Agricultural Development Overseas at Reading, funded by the British Aid Programme, and was largely responsible for the drafting of the first constitution and for the registration of the TAA as a UK charity.

Programme of events
Chair - Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, President, Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA)

• 17:30 - 18:30 - Assemble and Networking Meeting

• 18:30 - 18:40 - Welcome - Professor Julian Park, Head of School

• 18:40 - 19:40 -- The Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture - guest speakers presentations

• 19:40 - 21:00 - Wine and finger buffet

To reserve your seat, please email: Teresa Hicks - t.m.hicks@reading.ac.uk or call: 0118 378 8152.

For more information visit: http://www.taa.org.uk/events.asp?menuId=19

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