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 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 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.