The tropics contain some of the most important biomes for managing a variety of environmental challenges from biodiversity to climate change. But at the same time, agricultural expansion in South America shows that the tropics can be highly productive in terms of grain production. Additionally, agricultural intensification holds promise to reduce poverty and malnutrition among the many rural poor residing in tropical zones. This symposium addresses the complex tradeoffs between environmental stewardship and agricultural intensification in the tropics.
Keynote lecture "The Emerging Fertilizer Value Chain in Africa” will be given by Dr. Pedro Sanchez, Research Professor of Tropical Soils, University of Florida.
Sessions include: Agricultural Intensification in Tropical Environments; Soil and Water; Tropical Agriculture and the Environment: Europe’s Role; and Biodiversity and Climate Change.
For more details, please visit the official website for the symposium.