Presentations and posters

On this page are the presentations from the parallel sessions, followed by the posters presented at the conference. Both are available as downloadable PDF files.

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Dave Harris: Agronomy is…  |  Watch video

Georges Serpantié: What are agronomies?

Plenary (day 1)

Ken Giller: A golden age for agronomy?  Watch video

Sieg Snapp: Perennial grains: Transformative option or pipe dream?  |  Watch video

Bart Steenhuijsen Piters: Why conventional agronomy will never reach the poor | Watch video

Session 1: Sustainable intensification & yield gaps

Mary Ollenburger: Intensification and extensification in mixed farming systems of Southern Mali

João Silva: Opportunities and constraints for closing rice yield gaps in Central Luzon, Philippines

Dave Harris: Sustainable Intensification: who’s keen and who isn’t?

Paul Struik: Sustainable intensification in agriculture: the darker shade of green

Session 2: China and Brazil in African Agriculture: technocentric modernisation the southern way

Xiuli Xu and Gubo Qi: Making order from disjuncture: daily operation of Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centres in Tanzania and Ethiopia

Lidia Cabral: Brazil’s contested agronomy for Africa: insights from EMBRAPA’s knowledge encounters in Mozambique

Session 3: Seeds & systems

Conny Almekinders, Steve Walsh, Jorge Andrade, Kim Jacobs and Jeff Bentley: Farmers’ demand for seed: social differentiation and perceived technology needs

Shawn McGuire: Clamping down on ‘fake seed’ in East Africa: watching a sideshow, scorning the main event

Ola Westengen: Crops in context: negotiating traditional and formal institutions in local seed systems of maize and sorghum

Ruth Haug: The political agronomy of contested seeds in Tanzania

Session 4: Conservation Agriculure

Corné Rademaker and Henk Jochemsen: On the role of religion in the political agronomy of Conservation Agriculture

Bridget Bwalya: Analysis of Conservation Agriculture promotion and uptake in Mufulira, Zambia: a political agronomy approach

Peter Hobbs: Solutions to contested agronomy: should they be contested or resolved?

Tania Martinez-Cruz: The politics of agricultural technology interventions: the case of Conservation Agriculture in Bajio, Mexico

Session 5: Creating and contesting agronomic knowledge

N. Natarajan: Knowledge production among tobacco agriculturalists in Southern India: moving towards a class-based analysis

Ryan Nehring: Yields of dreams: marching west and the politics of scientific knowledge in the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)

Trish O’Flynn: From knowledge to invention: exploring user innovation in Irish agriculture

Rachel Bezner Kerr, Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong, Joseph Kanmenaang, Laifolo Dakishoni, Esther Lupafya, Lizzie Shumba, Isaac Luginaah and Sieglinde Snapp: “If we plant trees, the rains will come back.” Gendered knowledge flows, competing discourses about climate change and implications for adaptation in Malawi

Session 6: Biodiversity, carbon and CSA

Julie Ingram: “Here, we argue that”: contested views of managing soil carbon for mitigation

Andrea Nightingale, Linus Karlsson, Lars Otto Naess and John Thompson: Triple Wins or Double Faults? A Critical Assessment of the Power and Influence of Discourses on Climate Smart Agriculture

Ruth Segal: Contested framings of agricultural research for development

Andrea Ruediger: Agro-biodiversity for the poorest? A critical review of a popular idea

Session 7: System of rice intensification

Georges Serpantié: After the Rio Summit: “newly authorised knowledge” and the institutionalisation of a rice cultivation alternative (SRI) devised by a civil society organisation

Shambu Prasad C.: “Uprooting” rice science?: an Indian perspective on controversies and production of knowledge on SRI

Dominic Glover: Productivity by design versus innovation by performance. Or, how systemic is the System of Rice Intensification?

Debashish Sen: What does SRI bring? Improved yields or increased agronomic-bandwidth? What do farmers do when sustainable intensification methods open up several newer options in rice cultivation practices?

Session 8: Extension, persuasion and justice

Patience Rwamigisa: How the solution became a problem: strategies in the reform of agricultural extension in Uganda

Session 9: GM debates

Klara Fischer: Social impacts of GM crops in agriculture: why are there so few empirical accounts from the industrialised world and what can we learn by drawing lessons across industrialised and developing country contexts

Sheila Rao and Chris Huggins: The Sweet Smell of ‘Success’: Contesting biofortification strategies to address malnutrition in Tanzania

Session 10: Politics of data and methods

Timothy J. Krupnik, Jens Andersson, Leonard Rusinamhodzi, Marc Corbeels, and Bruno Gérard: Does size matter? A critical analysis of the use of meta-analysis in contested agronomy

Cees Leeuwis: Systems research in the CGIAR as a multi-dimensional arena of struggle

Ismael Rafols, Tommaso Ciarli and Diego Chavarro: Underreporting research relevant to local needs in the global south: Database biases in the representation of knowledge on rice

Session 11: Water and resource management

Tapiwa Chatiko: Evaluating Holistic Management in Hwange Communal Lands, Zimbabwe: an actor-oriented livelihood approach, incorporating everyday politics and resistance

Jean-Philippe Venot: Contesting the uncontestable: a heretic’s view on drip irrigation in developing countries

Session 12: Complexity, tradeoffs, and bias: Evaluating the impact of “new” agronomy and “old” extension systems

Bart Minten: From Madagascar to Ethiopia and back: why economic impact evaluations matter for agronomy

Joachim Vandercasteelen: From lab to land: perceptions and impacts of scaling up the adoption of row planting to teff farmers in Ethiopia

Patrick S. Ward: Facilitating behavioural change by complementing agronomy with risk management

Beliyou Haile, Carlo Azzarri, Cleo Roberts, David Spielman: Targeting bias or early impact of agricultural innovation? A case study from Malawi

Session 13: Policy, priorities and agendas

Elena Lazos: (Un)contested agronomy intertwined with national policies and multinational corporations. Power and inequality in Mexico

Jonathan Mockshell: Two worlds in agricultural policy making in Africa? Case studies from Ghana, Senegal, and Uganda

George Okongo: Agents without principals: agenda setting for public agricultural research in Africa – case studies in Ghana and Kenya

Kate Wellard, Sieg Snapp, Wezi Mhango, Daimon Kambewa, George Kanyama Phiri, Mirriam Matita and Maaike Hartog: Beyond subsidies: What are the prospects for integrated soil fertility management approaches (ISFM) in Malawi?

Session 14: Scaling for impact

Harley Pope: Tentative toeholds to scaling bureaucratic obstacles: a socio-technical analysis of the contestations constraining the institutionalisation of participatory crop improvement initiatives in India

William Moseley: One step forward, two steps back in farmer knowledge exchange: “Scaling-Up” as Fordist replication in drag

Jens Andersson, Tim Krupnik and Nina de Roo: Trials for development impact? The organization of on-farm research for scaling agricultural technologies


Ciarli and Rafols – Mapping the Evolution of Rice Research

Engström et al -Development Delayed

Haugejorden – The Robustification of Success

Liebman and Raskin – ‘Extension(al) Crisis’ – Minnesota (Project summary)

Liebman and Raskin- ‘Extension(al) Crisis’ – Minnesota (Poster)

Yenenesh et al – Farmers Potato Production in Ethiopia