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Lost Crops of Africa: Fruits

This book is the third in a series evaluating underexploited African plant resources that could help broaden and secure Africa's food supply. The volume describes 24 little-known indigenous African cultivated and wild fruits that have potential as food- and cash-crops but are typically overlooked by scientists, policymakers, and the world at large. The book assesses the potential of each fruit to help overcome malnutrition, boost food security, foster rural development, and create sustainable landcare in Africa. Each fruit is also described in a separate chapter, based on information provided and assessed by experts throughout the world.



Fruits journal impact factor rises

There was an impressive rise in the impact factor for Fruits journal in 2011 from that of 2010.  Fruits now places amongst the best journals with the theme "horticulture" as ranked by Thomson Reuters.  The impact factor is now 0.764 for the year 2011.  This result is a net increase from the previous year, bringing it from the fourth to the second quartile of the journals within the horticultural theme.  Quality editorial work has paid off.

Fruits is a bimonthly scientific publication that publishes original articles and reviews on the results of international fruit research. Topics cover such areas as underutilized fruit production, biological control of diseases and environmental risks, and the nutritional qualities of fruit in relation to consumers' health.

Fruits journal is an international publication of CIRAD and EDP Sciences and recognized by ISHS.  It is disseminated by the University of Cambridge Press and indexed in SciSearch, Biological Abstracts, Biosis Previews, CAB International, Pubhort, CNRS/Pascal and CrossRef.

5th ISTSF successfully held in Guangzhou, China

The 5th International Symposium on Tropical and Subtropical Fruits (ISTSF) was held in Guangzhou, China on 18-20 June 2012. It was jointly organized by Institute of Fruit Tree Research, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (IFTR-GDAAS); International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet); International Society for Horticultural Sciences (ISHS); Hunan Agricultural University; and Guangdong Fruit Association.


Participants of the 5th International Symposium on Tropical and Subtropical Fruits (ISTSF)






A total of 230 participants from 23 countries attended the symposium, including those from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Fiji, Italy, Malaysia, Sudan, Thailand and USA.  Participants hail from renowned academic and research institutions, international organizations, government agencies and the private sector.


CTA newsletter focuses on Innovations in Tropical Fruit Processing

The CTA's Knowledge for Development programme supports the policy dialogue on S&T for agricultural and rural developments in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Countries.  The July 2012 issue of Knowledge for Development focuses on Innovations in Tropical Food Processing.



Tropical fruits offer a significant opportunity for agricultural and economic growth for many ACP countries. However, while production, processing and marketing of some better known fruits such as citrus, mangoes, avocadoes and bananas, have benefitted from significant investments including in research and development, primarily to service export markets; this has not been the same for many other tropical fruits. This dossier comprises two lead articles by ACP and EU experts and provides links to relevant documentary resources on tropical fruit processing. It seeks to highlight the challenges and opportunities in adding value to tropical fruits and provides policy guidelines to support industry development.


L'infolettre de CTA se concentre sur les Innovations dans la transformation des fruits tropicaux

Connaissances pour le développement soutient le dialogue sur les politiques de S&T pour le développement agricole et rural dans les pays d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique. Il permet aux scientifiques des ACP de partager et d’évaluer les résultats des actions nationales et régionales, et de collaborer en vue d’utiliser la S&T au service du développement de l’agriculture dans leur pays.

Les aliments tropicaux représentent une opportunité de croissance agricole et économique importante pour de nombreux pays ACP. Cependant, alors que la production, la transformation et la commercialisation de certains fruits bien connus tels que les agrumes, les mangues, les avocats et les bananes ont profité d’investissements substantiels, par exemple pour la recherche et le développement, et surtout au profit des marchés d’exportation, de nombreux autres fruits tropicaux n’ont pas suscité le même intérêt. Ce dossier comprend deux articles principaux rédigés par des experts des pays ACP et de l’EU et fournit des liens vers des ressources documentaires pertinentes axées sur la transformation des fruits tropicaux. Il s’agit ici de mettre l’accent sur les difficultés et les opportunités de l’ajout de valeur pour les fruits tropicaux et d’offrir des orientations en matière de politique afin de soutenir le développement du secteur.


Cancellation of the Tropical Fruits Program of CIAT, Colombia

The Management Team of The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) decided to phase out its Tropical Fruits Program  as of December 2012. This decision was presented to the Board of Trustees of CIAT by the DG during the last meeting in June and the Board agreed. The Tropical Fruits Program was the unique specific program on fruits in the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  This decision is a very bad signal about the attention paid to fruits by the international community who prefer focusing on staples and their corollary, biofortification, while fruits and vegetables should be considered as essential in the diet and as a source of income.

You may wish to participate in a lively discussion started by Jacky Ganry in the CGIAR Group on Linkedin.

Fruit project could accelerate scientific research "by decades"

An ambitious new project to record the experiences of thousands CIAT's Andy Jarvisof smallholder farmers in Colombia to help establish optimum growing conditions for tropical fruits in the country, is to begin imminently, following a USD $1.6m grant from Asohofrucol (the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Growers in Colombia). Click here for more information.




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