Tropentag 2020:

Can agroecological farming feed the world?
Farmers' and Academia's view

September 9 - 11, 2020,
organised by
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic

General information

The annual interdisciplinary conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture, natural resource management and rural development (TROPENTAG) is jointly organised by the universities of Berlin, Bonn, Göttingen, Hohenheim, Kassel-Witzenhausen, ZALF e.V., Ghent University (Belgium), Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (Czech Republic), BOKU Vienna (Austria) and the Council for Tropical and Subtropical Research (ATSAF e.V) in co-operation with the GIZ Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF).

Tropentag 2020 will be organised by the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic. The conference venue will be in Prague. All students, Ph.D. students, scientists, extension workers, decision makers, politicians and practical farmers, interested and engaged in agricultural research and rural development in transition and developing countries are invited to participate and to contribute.

Target of the conference

The Tropentag is a development-oriented and interdisciplinary conference. It addresses issues of resource management, environment, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, nutrition and related sciences in the context of rural development, sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation worldwide.


The Tropentag 2020 conference theme

Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmers' and Academia's view

If current global trends continue, sustained popula-tion growth and demands for richer and better-quality diets will require us to roughly double current crop production. However, current production practices threaten our planet through loss of habitat, wildlife extinction and modification of water cycling, just to name a few. Agriculture is among the greatest contributors to global warming, the thirstiest user of water supplies and the major polluter of groundwater.
The debates on global food production challenges have become polarized, among both scientists and farmers, widening the gap between the advocates of industrial agriculture and global commerce, and the supporters of local food systems and organic farming. While the former claim it is possible to meet the high production demands through conventional agriculture, the latter are convinced that the world’s small farmers could increase yields by adopting techniques that respect natural equilibria and processes, and maintain or improve soil health without synthetic inputs.
Tropentag 2020 will review recent research results that address these challenges from various points of view, with different approaches. Discussions in plenary and thematic sessions, guided poster tours, and workshops will provide participants with new ideas to enhance our understanding of the potential capacity of agroecology to maintain and restore soil health, conserve biodiversity and adapt to climate changes and help us face future crises, together with meeting the challenge of feeding global populations.


Fiat Panis award plenary session

On the occasion of this conference a special plenary session will be devoted to the presentation of the "Hans H. Ruthenberg-Graduate-Award" and the " Josef G. Knoll European Science Award 2020" by the fiat panis foundation, Ulm.


Oral and poster presentations

The oral presentations of the Tropentag 2020 are organised in four sessions of probably five parallel thematic groups. Posters will be presented in parallel guided poster sessions on Thursday September 10 between 08:30 and 10:00 h, and between 17:30 and 18:45 h, as well as on Friday September 11 between 09:30 and 11:00 h.


Pre- and post-conference workshops

Organise your own Workshop

We offer you the opportunity to organise your own workshop, specifically adapted to your target audience. The idea is that you either network targeting a specific topic or you offer capacity building, tasks forces for projects and follow your own initiative. The only condition is that your topic should be related to tropical agriculture in a wider sense. The workshops are taking place on Tuesday September 8, 2020 from 13:00 to 17:00 h, Wednesday September 9, from 09:00 to 12:00 h. or on Friday September 11 from 14:00 to 18:00 h.

If you are interested you need to apply and describe the objective and topic of the workshop using the following template. Fill in the template and send it not later than 1st of May to

You will receive feedback of your application not later than 1st of June and in case of approval details such as room allocation, further logistics and potential services beyond the given ones will then be individually discussed with the Tropentag management.

The overall workshop plan with contact addresses will be made available on our website.



Registered participants of the conference can use Eduroam or will be provided with WLAN-access to the internet.


Conference fee

The fee includes the book-of-abstracts, a conference bag, and refreshments during the conference breaks. The fee does not include accommodation, lunches, or the conference diner.
You can find the conference fee and payment conditions here.


Local organising committee of the Tropentag 2020 conference

Organisation lead:
  • Bohdan Lojka, Ph.D.
    Czech University of Life Sciences
    Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences
    Kamýcká 126, 165 21, Prague, Czech Republic
Local organisation office:
  • Marie Kalousová, M.Sc. (
Tropentag secretariat:
  • Eric Tielkes, dr. ir.
    DITSL Witzenhausen, Germany