The conference will begin in the afternoon of Tuesday 23 February 2016, and run until lunchtime on 25 February. Entrance is only available to registered participants, but you can follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #ContestedAgronomy.

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The programme contains full details of presentations in the plenary and parallel sessions. It also has the full text of abstracts submitted by participants for posters and conference papers.

Programme Summary

Tuesday 23 February

1015 Registration opens (coffee/tea available)

1230 Buffet lunch

1330 Welcome (Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies)

Introduction (Jim Sumberg)

“Agronomy is…”: two short presentations (5 minutes)

  • Dave Harris
  • George Serpantié

World Café: Exploring different perspectives on the worlds of agronomy
(Ken Giller and John Thompson)

1530 Tea & coffee

1600 Plenary presentations (Jens Andersson, Chair)

  • A golden age for agronomy? Ken Giller
  • Perennial grains: Transformative option or pipe dream? Sieg Snapp
  • Why conventional agronomy will never reach the poor  Bart de Steenhuijsen-Piters

1800 Close, dinner

Wednesday 24 February

Parallel sessions

0830 – 1015

Session 1: Sustainable intensification & yield gaps
Chair: Rachel Bezner Kerr

Session 2: China & Brazil in African agriculture
Chair: Ian Scoones

Session 3: Seeds & systems
Chair: Chuck Staver

1045 – 1230

Session 4: Conservation agriculture
Chair: Mary Ollenburger

Session 5: Creating & contesting agronomic knowledge
Chair: Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong

Session 6: Biodiversity, carbon & CSA
Chair: Ruth Haug

1330 – 1530

Session 7: System of rice intensification (SRI)
Chair: Flora Hadju

Session 8: Extension, persuasion & justice
Chair: Joshua Ramisch

Session 9: GM debates
Chair: Elena Lazos

Session 10: Politics of data & methods
Chair: Sieg Snapp

1600 – 1800

Session 11: Water & resource management
Chair: Dan Taylor

Session 12: Evaluating the impact of “new” agronomy and “old” extension systems
Chair: David J Spielman

Session 13: Policy, priorities & agendas
Chair: Wendy Wolford

Session 14: Scaling for impact
Chair: Regina Birner

Thursday 25 February


0830 World Café: What are big contestations? Who/what are the drivers? What theoretical framings are proving particularly useful? (Ken Giller and John Thompson)

1015 Tea & coffee

1045 “Where does all this go next?” Summing up and short discussion

1225 Conference close (Jim Sumberg)

1230 Lunch