ZEF 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.
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 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.
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
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
lecture was held on the occasion of inaugurating the new
secretariat of GlobalHort at ZEF, which is now headed by Detlef Virchow.