INUAg is accepting nominations for the Innovators in Urban Agriculture Prize

 
 
The International Network for Urban Agriculture INUAg is looking to recognize innovative urban agricultural projects contributing to their local communities in 3 different categories.
 
INUAg is accepting nominations through August 28, 2015. Nominees can self-nominate or be nominated by others.
 
Nominations and questions should be sent to info@inuag.org. 
 
Award Categories: (Each award will have 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners, $1250, $500, $250) Please find more information here.

GhanaVeg has announced its new calls for proposals for the Business Opportunities Fund (BO) and Research and Development Innovation Fund (R&D)

 
 
 
 
The deadline for submission of applications is 5 pm September 1, 2015. Please find more information here.

The international meeting on Urban Food Policies will be held in Montpellier from November 16-18, 2015

 
 
 
The organizers call for papers from political or technical administrators of towns, conurbations, cities, urban areas or city-regions. The deadline for contributions is August 17, 2015. Please find more information here.

The Joint International Conference on Agribusiness and Cooperatives will be held in Davao City, Philippines on 14–17 October 2015

 
 
 
The Joint International Conference on Agribusiness and Cooperatives will be held in Davao City, Philippines on 14–17 October 2015 is organized by the University of the Philippines Mindanao and Los Baños in celebration of the Centennial Year of Philippine Cooperatives. Please find more information here.

Nature published an article about “The rise of Africa’s super vegetables”



Please find the article here.

“Solutions Journal” has issued a call for abstracts for a Special Issue of Solutions with the topic “Future solutions for a food secure world”.




The “Solutions Journal” has issued a call for abstracts for a Special Issue of Solutions with the topic “Future solutions for a food secure world”. Deadline for abstracts is 31 July 2015. Please find more information here.

GlobalHort member of new research initiative “NutriHAF” to combat hunger and malnutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa




GlobalHort, as part of the research initiative NutriHAF (“Diversifying agriculture for balanced nutrition through fruits and vegetables in multi-storey cropping systems”), will promote the cultivation of vegetables and fruits in multi-storey cropping systems in Ethiopia and Madagascar. Different goals are to be achieved: the reduction of malnutrition in Ethiopia and Madagascar; conservation of biodiversity and natural resources; and creating awareness for the importance of a varied diet through capacity building among farmers, consumers, politicians and extension services.
 
ZEF Research
 
The aim of the research project is to find and introduce adequate varieties fruits of and vegetables that help to improve the nutritional status of the local population. Providing new sources of food and income will then help to reduce the pressure on natural resources and prevent resource depletion. A first step will be to find out more about the habits of food consumption in order to identify seasonal gaps in calorie- and nutrient intakes. These gaps are then to be filled with the consumption of the species that are introduced by the project. Awareness creation and trainings for local decision makers and extension workers will help to put nutrition and the importance of a diversified diet on the agenda.
 
 
Farmers, policy makers and other actors along the whole value chain will be involved at all stages of the project. Gender issues are a central aspect as women are often responsible not only for cooking but also for food production.
 
GlobalHort is a member of the project consortium. Furthermore, the consortium includes 13 other partners in Africa and Germany that are all involved in research and capacity building.
 
The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) for three years.

The online consultation Towards the Development of the Programme on Sustainable Food Systems has been extended.




The new deadline gives you time until 30 April 2015 to share comments and suggestions on a draft concept note of the Programme and to take part in a stocktaking exercise of initiatives related to sustainable food systems. FAO and UNEP are also collecting expressions of interest to participate in the Programme and become member of its Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee. Please find more information here.

Second World Congress on the Use of Biostimulants in Agriculture is to be held in Florence, Italy, 16-19 November 2015




The 2nd World Biostimulants Congress will see over 1,000 delegates gather to explore the recently acquired scientific and technical knowledge on biostimulant products, which are increasingly used in crop production around the world, as well as the various aspects of legislation on these products in the main markets around the world. Early bird registration is now open! Deadline for abstract submission is 10 May 2015. More details can be found here.

New Article “Feed the World in 2015…and Nourish it, too” by Dyno Keatinge and Maureen Mecozzi published




The Resource Magazine published an essay by AVRDC Director General and GlobalHort Board Chair Dyno Keatinge and Head of Communications of AVRDC Maureen Mecozzi titled “Feed the World in 2015…and Nourish it, too” in a special March/April 2015 issue.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ new report was released at the Global Food Security Symposium 2015




The report Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition by Douglas Bereuter and Dan Glickman (cochairs) calls on the United States to use the power of the agriculture and food sector to reduce the reality and risks of malnutrition globally. Please find more information here. here.

AVRDC issued a list of the top 10 AVRDC publications of 2014.



Please find the list here.

AVRDC published the SEAVEG2014 Proceedings

Please find more information here.

Call for Papers: 4th Beeronomics Conference


The 2015 Beeronomics Conference will be held downtown Seattle, Washington, September 8-9, 2015. Beeronomics provides a forum to exchange ideas and present high-quality economic research related to the economics of beer, brewing and related activities. The 2015 Beeronomics conference will encompass a wide array of topics including the economics of production, international and interregional trade, industrial organization, marketing, consumption, policy and regulation, economic history, law and economics, and macroeconomics. Please find more information and the call for papers here.

Bioversity International published a study on propagating quality planting material to improve plant health and crop performance




Bioversity International published a study on “Propagating quality planting material to improve plant health and crop performance, key practices for dessert banana, plantain and cooking banana: Illustrated guide” written by C. Staver and T. Lescot. Please find the study here.

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.


H4sD All board members came to Rome for the two-day annual board meeting on February 16 and 17, 2015
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.

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

 
 
 
The 2nd 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

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)

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. 

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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Diversity for Development Alliance (D4D)

 
 
 

Tropentag 2015

 September 16. - 18. 2015

 

GlobalHort Briefing Notes

Tropical Fruit Research for Development Needs Fortification (PDF)

New Publication by Chair of the Board of Directors of GlobalHort. (PDF)

Upcoming Events

2nd to 4th Sep 2015

ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA will be held from 2 – 4 September 2015 at AsiaWorld-Expo Center in Hong Kong