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||06:00PM BST - Tuesday, 06 June 2006 - 09:30PM BST
John Madejski Lecture Theatre
Agriculture Building, Early Gate
The University of Reading
||Presented by Professor Peter Gregory
Director, Scottish Crop Research Institute
Agriculture Futures: Can Production and Ecosystem Services be Delivered?
Hugh Bunting made many contributions during his career to the understanding and practice of tropical agriculture. He inspired and challenged many generations of his students, many of whom went on to fill influential positions around the world. Hugh was Professor of Agricultural Botany at the University of Reading from 1956 to 1982. For seven years he was Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food. He contributed substantially to enhancing the University’s reputation in agricultural science and technology and in developing the University’s competence and reputation in tropical agriculture.
Hugh would happily take development agencies to task if he felt that they were guilty of woolly thinking or actions not firmly based on evidence. He held the first and only Chair of Agricultural Development Overseas at Reading, funded by the British Aid Programme – ODA and ODM.
He was Chair of the working group set up by Bob Cunningham and ODA to decide on the future of the ICTA Association, which resulted in the establishment of the TAA. Working with David Betts he was largely responsible for the drafting the first constitution and for the registration of the TAA as a UK charity.
Hugh always encouraged us to learn the lessons of the past but to look forward, so the theme of this memorial lecture will be ‘agricultural futures’.