The PROFAV workshop will be held from 29 August to 2 September 2011. It will take place in Arusha, Tanzania. This location was selected because the surrounding area hosts a wealth of horticultural diversity, with a wide range of systems spanning from the celebrated traditional chagga home gardens to the high-tech greenhouses producing flowers and vegetable seeds for export. In addition, the secretariat of the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA), Tengeru Horticultural Research and Training Institute (HORTI), the AVRDC-World Vegetable Regional Center for Africa, and the East African Community – are all based there and they will provide support. Moreover, the central geographic situation, the pleasant climatic conditions and the presence of international facilities in Arusha (East Africa Community, conference center, Kilimanjaro Airport) are definitely strong comparative advantages for such an event.
Pr. Amon Maerere of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) has been mandated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives of Tanzania (MAFC) to convene this PROFAV workshop for Anglophone tropical Africa. The Horticultural Development Council of Tanzania (HODECT) will be responsible for organizing this workshop as a joint FAO-WHO initiative for the promotion of fruit and vegetables for health. Since this initiative is based on a common and integrated approach between agriculture, education and health, it will be organized in conjunction with MAFC, HODECT, and the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC) under the Ministry of Health. GlobalHort will be facilitating the event.
Amon Maerere is Head of Crop Sciences at Sokoine University of Agriculture and Vice Chairperson of Horticultural Development Council of Tanzania (HODECT).