GlobalHort’s Board Meeting at Bioversity International in Rome
All board members came to Rome for the two-day annual board meeting on February 16 and 17, 2015. Two guest participated in the meeting: John E. Bowman, Senior Agriculture Advisor, USAID Bureau for Food Security (BFS), Office of Agricultural Research & Policy (ARP) and Jozef van Assche, Executive Director of ISHS.
GlobalHort’s Executive Secretary, Dr. Detlef Virchow, presented the annual report on the work of GlobalHort’s secretariat in 2014 and the board members discussed the forthcoming activities of GlobalHort. All members of the board reconfirmed the importance of GlobalHort as organization championing for horticulture for sustainable development (H4sD) through its work of:
advocating greater support for H4sD initiatives worldwide,
networking the diverse and dispersed H4sD community of actors,
facilitating research that aims at improving smallholder horticulture and H4sD, and
strengthening capacity development to foster the implementation of R&D results concerning H4sD.
From left to right: Jozef van Assche, Executive Director / ISHS (guest); Justin Rakotoarisaona, Board Treasurer / AFSTA; Detlef Virchow, Executive Secretary / GlobalHort; Raul Quimson Montemayor / Federation of Free Farmers; Elizabeth Mitcham, Board Secretary / Horticulture CRSP; Dyno Keatinge, Board Chair / AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center; Alison Hodder / FAO; John E. Bowman, Senior Agriculture Advisor/ USAID (guest); Stephan Weise / Bioversity International; Mark Holderness / GFAR; Rod Drew, Board Vice-Chair / ISHS; Didier Pillot / AGRINATURA
Prof. Dr. Roderick A. Drew, President of ISHS, is the new Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of GlobalHort
During their meeting, the Board of Directors of GlobalHort have elected Rod Drew as their new Vice Chair. In August 2014, Rod Drew was elected President of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS).
Horticulture can be a opportunity and engine for sustainable development
Horticulture can be a opportunity and engine for sustainable development, affecting a wide range of important indicators for development (health, wealth, employment, market opportunities, women empowerment and other special challenges) and hence impacting on several of the SDGs.
The World Vegetable Center has begun the recruitment process for a new Director General
AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center is seeking a highly experienced visionary leader for appointment as Director General starting April 2016. Please find more information here. Applications should be submitted by 30 June 2015.
Horticulture is a key area of growth in The Gambia
Horticulture is rapidly emerging as one of the key growth areas of The Gambian economy. Read more here.
Ethiopia earns $114mn from horticulture exports in 6 months
Read more about Ethiopia's horticulture success story here .
New RUFORUM Case Study confirms that horticulture can be a source of income for farmers and development in Burundi.
ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA will be held from 2 – 4 September 2015 at AsiaWorld-Expo Center in Hong Kong
ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA is today the leading fresh produce
trade event in Asia. The next edition of ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA will be held from
2 – 4 September 2015 at AsiaWorld-Expo Center in Hong Kong, with the Asiafruit
Congress on 1 September. For further information go to www.asiafruitlogistica.com
First International Symposium on Moringa to be held on 15-18 November 2015 in Manila.
The First International Symposium on Moringa to be held on 15-18 November 2015 in Manila. Please find more information here.
The Second International Legume Society Conference is to be held in Tróia, Lisbon, Portugal, from 12-14 October 2016
The International Legume Society and the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa invite researchers researchers to join the Second International Legume Society Conference, scheduled from 12-14 October, 2016 at Tróia resort, in the vicinity of Lisbon, Portugal. Please find more information here.
2nd International Conference on Global Food Security to be held at Cornell University in October 2015
International Conference on Global Food Security to be held at Cornell
University October 11-14, 2015. The Second International Conference on Global
Food Security aims to deliver state-of-the-art analysis, inspiring visions and
innovative research methods arising from research in any of a wide range of
disciplines. Join us in this exciting opportunity to ensure that the best
science is garnered to support the emergence of the Sustainable Development
Goals. Please find more information here.
An article on “Phosphorus: Its future importance in directing horticultural research” written by Detlef Virchow and Dyno Keatinge published
An article on “Phosphorus: Its future importance in directing horticultural research” written by Detlef Virchow and Dyno Keatinge was published in the SCOPE Newsletter N° 106.
Please find the article here. More information on the newsletter can be found here.
The VII International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests is to be held in Banglore
The VII International
Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect
Pests is to be held in Bangalore,
India from 23 to 27 March, 2015.
Global Horticultural Initiative Executive Secretary Dr. Detlef Virchow attends the International Horticultural Congress 2014
Forum Highlights the Importance and Future Development of Horticulture Worldwide
BRISBANE—The “triple burden” of hunger, overconsumption, and micronutrient deficiency on the current human population is steadily worsening in both low-income and high-income countries and among different population groups within countries, causing high social and economic costs.
Executive Secretary of the Global Horticultural Initiative (GlobalHort) Dr. Detlef Virchow, from the University of Bonn, Germany, gave a speech at the International Horticultural Congress 2014. “Fruit and vegetables can contribute to the improvement of this situation as they are the most important sources of micronutrients, fiber, vitamins and minerals essential for a balanced and healthy human diet,” he says.
Importance of Horticulture for Pro-poor Development
Public lecture with Dr. J.D.H. Keatinge, Chair of the Board of Directors
of GlobalHort and Director General of AVRDC - The World Vegetable
lecture was held on the occasion of inaugurating the new
secretariat of GlobalHort at ZEF, which is now headed by Detlef Virchow.
Dyno Keatinge, Director General at AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center, has assumed the Chair of
GlobalHort which was held by Dr. Norman Looney since 2008. (Dr. Keatinge
was previously the Vice Chair.) Dr. Didier Pillot, Executive
Officer for International Networks at Agreenium, is the new Vice Chair. Dr. Detlef
Virchow, former Executive Manager of the Food Security Center at the University of Hohenheim,
has replaced Dr. Remi Kahane as the Executive Secretary. Dr. Antonio Monteiro, ISHS President, is now a Board Member replacing Dr. Looney as the ISHS representative.
The 14th GlobalHort Board Meeting is to be held in Leuven, Belgium January 15, 2014. Following the meeting, GlobalHort will lead an Expert Panel at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin January 17, 2014.
A plaque was presented to Dr. Looney for a lifetime of dedicated service to horticulture.