The African Seed Trade Association’s Congress 2015 will be held from 3rd to 5th March 2015 at Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
The African Seed Trade Association’s Congress 2015 will be held from 3rd to 5th March 2015 at Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The event aims will gather delegates from Africa and the rest of the world and provide an ideal forum for seed stakeholders to exchange different viewpoints, network with one another, consider investment opportunities and discuss seed trade at national and international levels. Please find more information here.
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
FRUIT LOGISTICA to be held on 4 – 6 February 2015 in Berlin
From 4 – 6 February 2015, some 2,600 companies from across the entire fresh produce sector – from global players to small and medium-sized companies and organisations from all over the world - will again be present in Berlin. More than 2,600 exhibitors and 62,000 trade visitors attend FRUIT LOGISTICA every year. They see it as the ideal place to establish and build the personal trust which is so essential for dealing successfully in perishable products such as fresh fruit and vegetables. FRUIT LOGISTICA covers every single sector of the fresh produce business and provides a complete picture of the latest innovations, products and services at every link in the international supply chain. It thus offers superb networking and contact opportunities to the key decision-makers in every sector of the industry.Please find more information here.
IFS invites early-career scientists in IFS eligible developing countries to apply and carry out research projects for a period of up to 3 years.
Providing early-career support to promising young developing country researchers has been the mandate of the International Foundation for Science (IFS) for many years. In the Individual Research Approach, IFS continues its commitment to support excellent individual research and to build capability of early-career scientists in the developing world to undertake research on the sustainable management of biological and water resources. Applicants are encouraged to tackle research issues linked to these areas, and to develop solutions that are relevant to local contexts. Please find more information here.
Call for applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowships on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA Fellowships) is now open.
Researchers can now apply for Postdoctoral Fellowships on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA Fellowships), led by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Please find more information here. The deadline the submission of concept memos for 2015-16 fellowships is January 10, 2015.
Global importance of urban agriculture 'underestimated'
Urban agriculture is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, a study has suggested. Read more here.
New article on “Welfare Effects of Vegetable Commercialization: Evidence from Smallholder Producers in Kenya” published.
A new article on “Welfare Effects of Vegetable Commercialization: Evidence from Smallholder Producers in Kenya” has been published in
Food Policy. Please find the article here.
Ethiopia Eyes to Earn U.S. $371 Million From Horticulture Exports.
Please read more about Ethiopian horticultural growth plans here.
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.
GlobalHort’s board member Roderick Drew met GlobalHort’s board chair Dyno Keatinge at AVRDC headquarters
On Sunday, November 30, 2014, Professor Roderick Drew from the Griffith University in Australia and newly elected President of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and member of GlobalHort’s Board visited AVRDC Headquarters to meet Dr. Dyno Keatinge, DG of AVRDC and Chair of GlobalHort’s Board of Directors.
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.
The Project SMASH - Smart Adaptive Sustainable Horticulture in Rwanda was launched
On November 12th, the official kick-off of project SMART (also referred to as SMASH - Smart Adaptive Sustainable Horticulture) in Rwanda was launched. The aim of this project is to enable farmers in Rwanda to develop a sustainable and profitable business where productivity and food-safety are key. By combining Dutch technology and expertise with local expertise of farmers and knowledge of institutes, both parties see a clear win-win-situation. 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.
On Saturday October 25th the final conference of the EU project HORTIS will take place in Bologna, Italy.
Saturday October 25th the final conference of the EU project HORTIS will take
place in Bologna, Italy. Issues around horticulture in urban areas will be
discussed. Please find more information on www.hortis-europe.net or here.
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 has been published
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 has been published. The report that is published annually by FAO, IFAD and WFP reveals that 805 million people are still chronically undernourished in 2012-2014. Improving food security and nutrition must have top priority for all stakeholders if hunger is to be eradicated. Fruits and vegetables can play an important role in this context. Read more here.
The Global Crop Diversity Trust is looking for a science fellow for impact assessment
The Global Crop Diversity
Trust is looking for a science fellow
for impact assessment. Please find more information here.(until 9th of January 2015)
The International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) is seeking candidates without standing managerial and technical expertise for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
The International Tropical
Fruits Network (TFNet) is seeking candidates withoutstanding managerial and
technical expertise for the position of Chief ExecutiveOfficer (CEO). Please
find more information here. (until 15th December 2014)
GIZ is looking for an advisor for horticultural production under irrigation, Cochabamba
The GIZ is looking for an advisor for horticultural production under irrigation, Cochabamba. Please find more information here. If you have any questions, please contact GIZ directly, don't address GlobalHort.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites scientists, researchers and policymakers from developing and middle-income countries to apply for the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites scientists, researchers and policymakers from developing and middle-income countries to apply for the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. This is a training and collaborative research opportunity promoting food security and economic growth.
Deadline: 31 October 2014.
Please find further information, including information about eligible African countries and research priorities 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.
Horticulture Innovation Lab offers research grants on nutrition, postharvest, gender
The Horticulture Innovation Lab conducts research to improve
fruit and vegetable production and marketing for smallholder farmers in
The Horticulture Innovation Lab has announced several new
funding opportunities for collaborations between U.S. universities and
organizations in developing countries to address needs of smallholder fruit and
The Horticulture Innovation Lab has announced its fourth
call for Trellis Fund project proposals. Small organizations in Feed the
Future countriesare invited to compete for grants up to $2,000 each
that will extend horticultural research to local farmers and stakeholders.
The Trellis Fund links graduate students in the U.S. to
agricultural organizations and research agencies in developing countries, to
enable these organizations to disseminate horticultural knowledge. Since 2011,
the Trellis Fund has reached 3,865 farmers worldwide.
This year, there are two different tracks for Trellis
funding: the Technical Proposal and the Project Development Concept Note. Both
types of applications are due by Sept. 15, 2014.
GlobalHort held its first Executive Meeting of the GlobalHort Board of Directors
On August 19, 2014, GlobalHort held its
first Executive Meeting of the GlobalHort Board of Directors during the 29th
International Horticultural Congress on “Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and
Landscapes”. All board members participating in the IHC 21014 in Brisbane
gathered for two hours to discuss prevailing topics related to GlobalHort and
its activities. Dr. Dyno Keatinge, Board Chair of GlobalHort and Director
General of AVRDC – The World
Vegetable Center, took the opportunity to say farewell to the
outgoing board member Prof. António A. Monteiro, outgoing President of ISHS. On
behalf of the Board, Dyno Keatinge expressed his gratitude for António A.
Monteiro’s commitment to GlobalHort and handed over a plaque recognizing
António A. Monteiro’s outstanding dedication and service to the Board of
Directors of The Global Horticulture Initiative. Dyno Keatinge also welcomed
GlobalHort’s new Board member representing ISHS on the Board: the
President-elect of ISHS, Prof. Roderick Drew from the Griffith University,
Board Meeting will take place on February 16 - 17, 2015 at Bioversity
International in Rome.
AVRDC Director General was Keynote Speaker at International Horticultural Congress 2014 Symposium
triple burden of hunger, overconsumption and micronutrient deficiencies has
sparked a global epidemic of non-communicable diseases including obesity, heart
disease, and type 2 diabetes among different population groups, in particular
those from the South and Central Pacific region. Consuming a balanced diet rich
in fruit and vegetables—essential sources of the micronutrients, fiber,
vitamins and minerals needed for good health—is the first line of defense
against these scourges. But which
tomatoes and cabbage certainly make a contribution to health, there are
hundreds of less well-known vegetables packed with vitamins and minerals, such
as moringa leaves, bitter melon, leafy nightshade and amaranth, to name just a
few, that can add much-needed nutritional diversity to diets.
In his keynote speech at the International Symposium
on Indigenous Vegetables, one of 52 symposia to be held during the
International Horticultural Congress 2014 (IHC 2014) at the Brisbane Convention
& Exhibition Centre, Dr. J.D.H. (Dyno) Keatinge, Director General of AVRDC
– The World Vegetable Center, introduced some lesser-known and unusual
vegetables with the potential to improve human nutrition worldwide.
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.
for oral and poster presentations are invited on the conference topics
and should be submitted using the online abstract submission system by
17 October 2014.
Registrations to participate in the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition from 18 to 19 September 2014 at FAO Headquarters in Rome are now open! Please click here for further information
GlobalHort was Silver Sponsor for the joint conference of the 6th International Food Legumes Research Conference and 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics
GlobalHort was Silver Sponsor for the joint conference of the 6th
International Food Legumes Research Conference (IFLRC VI) and 7th
International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics (ICLGG VII) hosted
by the University of Saskatchewan / Canada (July 7 - 11, 2014). The
successful conference included a central scientific program and great
opportunities for networking among participants. Many new partnerships were
established among the academic, biotech, applied and commercial agriculture
communities that will have positive effects on the future of the legume
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.
Pigeon pea is one of the critical crops that keeps drought from turning into famine.
Crop Impact Story:
Drought is a terrifying prospect for all farmers, and a matter of life and death for many. A nutritious legume that can produce harvests with just 65 cm of rain a year, pigeon pea protects lives from the ground up. Read more about pigeon pea here.