Tropentag 2017:

Future Agriculture: Social-ecological transitions and bio-cultural shifts

September 20 - 22, 2017,
organised by the
University of Bonn and the Centre for Development Research, Bonn, Germany

Invited speakers

Edith Fernandez-BacaEdith Fernandez-Baca
Programme Coordinator, United Nations Development Programme, Lima, Peru
National Coordinator for the Ecosystems based Adaptation Project and visiting Professor at La Molina National Agrarian University, Peru
Edith Fernandez-Baca holds a Veterinary Medicine title (DVM), an MPhil in Veterinary Science from Massey University and an MSc and PhD in Rural Sociology with concentrations in Sociology of Food, Agriculture and the Environment and Community Development at Iowa State University. Most of her professional work has been done in mountain regions of Peru and Ecuador, in sustainable rural development, natural resource management and in social aspects of climate change.

Poonpipope KasemsapPoonpipope Kasemsap
Chair of the International Biology Olympiad (2008-16)
Member of the Horticulture Innovation Lab's International Advisory Board and the director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Kasetsart University
Dr. Poonpipope Kasemsap was the Vice President for International Relations and for Kamphaeng Saen Campus (2012-16), Chair of the Horticulture Department (2007-11), and Director of the International Studies Center (2003-2011) at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand. His research and teaching focuses on the effects of climate changes and air pollutants on the eco-physiology of horticultural crops and on the physiology of horticultural crop production

Andre LeuAndre Leu
President, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
Author of the award winning book, ''The Myths of Safe Pesticides'' and a founding member of Regeneration International.
Andre Leu has an extensive knowledge of farming and environmental systems across the globe from over 40 years of visiting and working in over 100 countries. Andre has a degree in Communications and post-graduate qualifications in adult education. He lectures and teaches at many universities and institutions and speaks at numerous conferences, seminars and workshops. He meets with governments, industry, farmers, consumers and NGOs on the multi-functional benefits of regenerative organic agriculture. He has written and published extensively in magazines, newspapers, journals, conference proceedings, newsletters, websites and other media, as well as doing media interviews. Andre and his wife, Julia, run a regenerative organic, agroecological, tropical fruit orchard, in Daintree, Queensland, Australia. See an interview to Andre Leu at the Agroecology Symposion were he underlines the need to shift away from the current paradigm of high input industrial agriculture and to adopt agroecological-based approaches. Link:

David MoldenDavid Molden
Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
an intergovernmental knowledge organization dedicated to mountains and people of the Hindu Kush Himalayas
Dr Molden is a research for development specialist with expertise in water resources management and sustainable mountain development, with an interest in integrating social, technical, and environmental aspects of natural resources management. Prior to joining ICIMOD he was the Deputy Director General for Research at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) during which time he received the Outstanding Scientist Award of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in 2009. See David Molden in the following video, where the work he has done is described:

Josiane NikiemaJosiane Nikiema
International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Ghana
Sub Theme Leader – Water Quality and Safe Water Reuse and adjunct professor at Sherbrooke University, Canada.
Josiane Nikiema is leading several research activities in the field of Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) from domestic wastewater treatment to the recovery of nutrients and organic matter from fecal sludge and/or organic solid waste. In Ghana, she is currently supporting the implementation of several public-private partnerships, testing opportunities and challenges for RRR business development. Before joining IWMI in 2011, she worked as a university professor in Canada and got the opportunity to address issues related to biological treatment of wastewater and contaminated air. She holds a PhD in chemical engineering. See Josiane talking about ''Why waste human waste?'' in the following link: where she argues that converting septage into valuable compost could help both farmers and urban planners.

Ann TutwilerM. Ann Tutwiler
Director General of Bioversity International, Rome, Italy
Her career spans almost three decades in the field of agricultural policy and development. Ann Tutwiler’s professional experience includes time spent in both the private and public sector, from the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She also led and founded a think tank on Agricultural trade policy, and headed U.S. Government relations for an International Soy and Grain processing firm. As the Director General of Bioversity International, her responsibilities, aside from overall leadership, include forging effective partnerships and overseeing the organization’s strategic priorities and research agenda. Prior to joining Bioversity International, Ann served as Deputy Director General, Knowledge, at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) where she coordinated the development of cohesive positions on Rio+20 for FAO in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and Bioversity International. See Ann Tutwiler answering questions about why agricultural and forest biodiversity matters: