Event: First All-Africa Postharvest Congress

“Reducing food losses and waste: Sustainable solutions for Africa” is the theme of the first All Africa Post Harvest Congress and Exhibition. The conference will be March 28-31 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The event will address aspects of postharvest management related to perishable crops, perishable animal products, non-perishable food commodities, capacity development, and related social issues that affect postharvest management.

Registration to attend the conference is $400, or $350 at early-bird rates before Feb. 28. A student rate is also available ($150 or $100 early). An optional excursion trip scheduled for March 28 is available for an additional $50.

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The 1st All Africa Post Harvest Congress will be March 28-31 in Nairobi.

The event is supported by a consortium of universities, research and development organizations — including the Horticulture Innovation Lab as one of its sponsors. In particular, the congress was organized by the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, in conjunction with the World Food Preservation Center, hosted by the University of Nairobi, with strategic partnership from the Rockefeller Foundation. Continue reading Event: First All-Africa Postharvest Congress

Newsletter: 2017 opportunities, next steps

Here is a copy of our first newsletter for 2017. If you’re interested, you can subscribe to receive future newsletters by email, or browse through our newsletter archives

Welcome to 2017! We hope that you are beginning your work this new year with bright eyes and renewed verve. Thank you for sharing our commitment to helping smallholder farmers better grow fruits and vegetables, as part of our Horticulture Innovation Lab network.

As we look to what’s next for horticulture internationally, we want to build on our innovations and achievements so far. This newsletter highlights some of our accomplishments from last year, while offering important opportunities for you and your colleagues Continue reading Newsletter: 2017 opportunities, next steps

Newsletter: Trellis awards, student opportunities, more

Below is a copy of the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s  email newsletter. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter in your Inbox, please subscribe. You can also browse our past newsletters here. Thank you for reading.

Hello there! With the school year starting and fiscal year closing, we have entered a busy time of year for our program with many new opportunities, partners to meet, reports to write, and events to attend. Without further ado, here is the latest news from the Horticulture Innovation Lab. Please consider sharing highlights with your colleagues.

TRELLIS PROJECTS AWARDED; STUDENT RECRUITMENT BEGINS The Horticulture Innovation Lab has selected nine new Trellis Fund projects led by organizations in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Cambodia and Nepal. Continue reading Newsletter: Trellis awards, student opportunities, more

Events launch irrigation project in Guatemala

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Meagan Terry, MásRiego project manager

Editor’s note: Meagan Terry, UC Davis junior specialist and project manager for MásRiego, reports from Guatemala on the opening events for the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s new project there, which promotes drip irrigation and conservation agriculture.

After months of planning and a week of events, our new MásRiego project now has a team ready to work, and together we have officially launched the project. Here are some details about our recent training and launch event.

For three days in late August, Kansas State University researchers — Manuel Reyes and Ruth McDaniel — trained six agricultural technicians and eight youth promoters that will make up part of the team of MásRiego staff located in Continue reading Events launch irrigation project in Guatemala

Welcome to Erin McGuire, new associate director

The Horticulture Innovation Lab has selected Erin McGuire to serve as the program’s new associate director.

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Erin McGuire, associate director for the Horticulture Innovation Lab

McGuire is an alumna of UC Davis, where she earned a master’s degree in international agricultural development and worked on a number of projects for the Horticulture Innovation Lab as a student and a staff analyst.

She has a lifelong interest in farming and nutrition policy, and her father owns a small farm. McGuire was most recently the policy director for the National Farm to School Network based in Washington, D.C., and previously served as the director of outreach for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).

“Farmers can play an important role in improving nutrition for their communities — and increasing economic activity as well, especially in rural areas,” she said. “I’ve always loved being in the field and working with farmers directly, being able to bring their views into policy decisions and helping raise their voices for the greatest impact.”

While at UC Davis, her work focused on Continue reading Welcome to Erin McGuire, new associate director