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

On Saturday October 25th the final conference of the EU project HORTIS will take place in Bologna, Italy.

 
 
On 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.

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

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.
 
Please find more information here.

UN Women, FAO, IFAD and WFP jointly organize a Fair on Rural Women’s Technologies in Agriculture, Nairobi 15-17 October 2014

 
 
 

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 developing countries.
 
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 vegetable farmers.
Please find more information here.

New Call for Trellis Fund Proposals

 
The Horticulture Innovation Lab has announced its fourth call for Trellis Fund project proposals. Small organizations in Feed the Future countries are 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.
 
Please see http://horticulture.ucdavis.edu/main/trellis.html for all of the details.

Chemonics  seeks a chief of party for an anticipated multiyear, USAID-funded Feed the Future agriculture project in Mozambique

 
 
 
Chemonics  seeks a chief of party for an anticipated multiyear, USAID-funded Feed the Future agriculture project in Mozambique.
 
Please find more information here

Bioversity International is offering a series of interesting training opportunities for young scientists in sub-Saharan Africa

 
 
 
Please find more information here

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, Australia.


GlobalHort’s next 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

 
 
  
BRISBANE—The 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 vegetables?

While 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.

A conference Agriculture and Climate Change: Adapting Crops to Increased Uncertainty will be held on 15 - 17 February 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 
 
  
 
The conference Agriculture and Climate Change: Adapting Crops to Increased Uncertainty will focus on the likely impact of climate change on crop production and explore approaches to maintain and increase crop productivity in the face of climate change.

Abstracts 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 industry internationally.


For more details see http://knowpulse.usask.ca/iflrc-iclgg/?q=node/12

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)

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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Food for Drought

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.


Diversity for Development Alliance (D4D)

 
 
 

IHC 2014 Brisbane

 August 17-22, 2014

“Horticulture - Sustaining lives, livelihoods and landscapes": 29th International Horticultural Congress

 

GlobalHort Briefing Notes

Tropical Fruit Research for Development Needs Fortification (PDF)

New Publication by Chair of the Board of Directors of GlobalHort, Dyno Keatinge and GlobalHort Executive Secretary, Detlef Virchow, and others on building resilienceby improving health, nutrition and knowledge. (PDF)

Upcoming Events

8th to 11th Dec 2014

III Asia Pacific Symposium on Postharvest Research, Education and Extension

15th to 17th Feb 2015

A conference Agriculture and Climate Change: Adapting Crops to Increased Uncertainty

3rd to 6th Mar 2015

2nd International Congress Hidden Hunger

3rd to 6th Mar 2015

2nd International Congress Hidden Hunger

23rd to 27th Mar 2015

The VII International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests

4th to 7th May 2015

EUCARPIA organizes a symposium on Plant Proteins for the Future

21st to 24th Jun 2015

XI International Rubus and Ribes Symposium

11th to 14th Oct 2015

2nd International Conference on Global Food Security to be held at Cornell University in October 2015

19th to 22nd Nov 2015

First International Symposium on Moringa

Recent News

- 6th Nov 2014 The International Tropical Fruits Network is seeking candidates without standing managerial and technical expertise for the position of Chief Executive Officer

- 6th Nov 2014 The Global Crop Diversity Trust is looking for a science fellow for impact assessment

- 24th Sep 2014 GIZ is looking for an advisor for horticultural production under irrigation, Cochabamba

- 24th Sep 2014 GIZ is looking for an advisor for horticultural production under irrigation, Cochabamba

- 24th Sep 2014 GIZ is looking for an advisor for horticultural production under irrigation, Cochabamba

- 4th Sep 2014 GlobalHort organized an Expert Panel Discussion at Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) 2014 in Berlin

- 4th Sep 2014 GlobalHort organized an Expert Panel Discussion at Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) 2014 in Berlin. An article about the main findings is now published in Rural 21.

- 28th Aug 2014 The International Potato Center in Lima/Peru is looking for a Social scientist for research on root and tuber diversity

- 28th Aug 2014 The International Potato Center in Lima/Peru is looking for a Social scientist for research on root and tuber diversity

- 28th Aug 2014 Bioversity International in Nairobi/Kenia is looking for a Nutritionist for Agrobiodiversity

- 28th Aug 2014 Horticulture Innovation Lab offers research grants on nutrition, postharvest, gender

- 28th Aug 2014 Chemonics seeks a chief of party for an anticipated multiyear

- 28th Aug 2014 New Call for Trellis Fund Proposals

- 25th Aug 2014 GlobalHort held its first Executive Meeting of the GlobalHort Board of Directors

- 25th Aug 2014 AVRDC Director General was Keynote Speaker at International Horticultural Congress 2014 Symposium

- 25th Aug 2014 Global Horticultural Initiative Executive Secretary Dr. Detlef Virchow attends the International Horticultural Congress 2014

- 6th Aug 2014 The WOTRO has launched the second call for proposals for the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF).

- 6th Aug 2014 Agri cultures announces a call for articles on nutritional values and family farming.

- 6th Aug 2014 Prof Umezuruike Linus Opara has been appointed as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Food and Process Engineering at the University of Shanghai

- 16th Jul 2014 AVRDC offers a Consultancy Assignment to assess The Impact and Impact Pathway of AVRDC Vegetable Cultivars in East Africa

- 12th Jul 2014 The UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy successfully completes session 2

- 7th Jul 2014 Rockefeller Foundation commissioned survey on successful interventions in preventing postharvest losses

- 24th Jun 2014 Food from Drought: Pigeon pea keeps drought from turning into famine

- 24th Jun 2014 The RUAF Foundation published the latest version of its Urban Agriculture Magazine

- 9th Apr 2014 New FAO Report: “Growing Greener Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean”

- 11th Mar 2014 Postharvest Handling Technologies Short Course/Study Tour in Bali, Indonesia

- 7th Mar 2014 GlobalHort is now on Twitter