What does contested agronomy mean to you?

We asked conference participants about the idea of contested agronomy, what it is for and how it has made them think differently about their work.

Melissa Leach: Welcome

Melissa Leach, Director of the Institute of Development Studies, welcomes participants to the Contested Agronomy conference and explains why the event is important.

What is agronomy?

Short talks to get participants thinking.

Dave Harris: Agronomy is…

Plenary talks

On Day 1, three participants (Ken Giller, Sieg Snapp and Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters) gave talks on different aspects of contested agronomy – on how evidence is used to support certain methods like Conservation Agriculture; why research into certain crops is promoted or neglected; and whether current agronomy can fulfil the mission of helping the rural poor, as is often claimed.

Ken Giller: A golden age for agronomy?

Sieg Snapp: Perennial grains: Transformative option or pipe dream?

Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters: Why conventional agronomy will never reach the poor