22.-24. November, 2016
The I International Symposium on Poverty, Hidden Hunger and Horticulture & the VI International Symposium on Improving the Performance of Supply Chains in the Transitional Economies took place from 22 – 24 November 2016 in Cairns, Australia. The event, which was part of the 5-day International Symposia on Tropical and Temperate Horticulture, attracted a steady audience of around 40 participants, despite the strong competition from parallel symposia. The programme featured 3 keynote presentations, 24 oral and 3 short oral (poster) presentations. The quality of the presentations and the depth of the discussions were very impressive. On the Wednesday, a panel featuring Prof. Dyno Keatinge (Tropical Agriculture Development Advisory Services Ltd.), Dr. Stefano Padulosi (Bioversity International), Prof. Peter Batt (Peter J Batt & Associates) and Dr. Astha Thuladar (Meijo University), moderated by Dr. Hannah Jaenicke (GlobalHort) discussed with the audience “Horticulture for Sustainable Development – What does it take for lasting success?”. Key questions discussed were: why is horticulture not recognized for its important contributions to sustainable development, what needs to be done to unfold the potential of horticulture and who needs to take responsibility? The messages emanating from the discussion include making horticulture more attractive to young people, sending clear messages about the benefits of fruits and vegetables for a better nutrition, improving capacity building and that there is need for innovative fundraising with new investors. While everyone has a role to play as an individual ambassador, there is need for better links amongst the players in horticultural research and practice and across to local, regional and global decision takers. To read the full article please click here. An interview with the panellists is available through this link.