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 Center.

The lecture was held on the occasion of inaugurating the new secretariat of GlobalHort at ZEF, which is now headed by Detlef Virchow.
(January 13, 2014, 3-4 p.m.ZEF's conference room, Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn)

13th GlobalHort Board Meeting Aug. 6-7, 2013

Published on 14th Aug 2013

Dr. Norman E. Looney, Chair Global Horticulture Initiative hosted the 13th meeting of the Board of Directors in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada August 6-7, 2013.  The Board meeting was followed by a workshop, "Partnering to Provide Knowledge Resources and Build Professional Capacity to Support Smallholder Horticulture in Africa".
Dr. 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.
Dr. Norman Looney receiving plaque with Dr. Dyno Keating on the left and Dr. Detlef Virchow on the right (Photo taken by Nora Keating)

Diversity for Development Alliance publishes review article

Published on 19th Apr 2013

Following the second international workshop for the promotion of agrobiodiversity through development opportunity crops, held at FAO, Rome, 10-11 January 2012, organized by GlobalHort and supported by GFAR, GlobalHort facilitated the resolutions coming out and agreed on by all participants collaborating in a Diversity for Development Alliance (D4D).  This Alliance has resulted in a review article that has been published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development.

Article title: Agrobiodiversity for food security, health and income
Authors: Remi Kahane, Toby Hodgkin, Hannah Jaenicke, Coosje Hoogendoorn, Michael Hermann, Dyno Keatinge, Jacqueline d'Arros Hughes, Stefano Padulosi and Norman Looney.

GlobalHort: Its Vision and Development Priorities

Published on 14th Aug 2013

The Indian Horticulture Congress 2012 was held at Ludhiana, India  with the theme "Horticulture for Food".

At the Congress Dr. Norman E. Looney, Chair GlobalHort, presented one of the plenary lectures.  His lecture was entitled "Global Horticulture Initiatives: Its Vision and Development Priorities".  

Dr. Looney's presentation excellently captures the essence of the Global Horticulture Initiative. 

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GlobalHort Image Library / Imagethèque

"A picture is worth a thousand words”

Women are very attentive during training sessions and ready to ask questions about their traditional practices = Les femmes sont très attentives au cours des sessions de sensibilisation et prêtes à poser des questions relatives à leurs propres pratiques

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