Agricultural innovations at Kasetsart University, in SciDev.Net video

A video from SciDev.Net explores agriculture technologies at Kasetsart University in Thailand, aimed at the needs of smallholder farmers of horticultural crops.

The audio slideshow, “Simple agricultural innovation to empower farmers,” takes a closer look at several low-cost farming tools, including:

  • a cold room with a CoolBot for cooling fruits and vegetables after harvest
  • two solar dryers, including the UC Davis chimney dryer for drying produce
  • a solar-powered pump with drip irrigation system

Reporter Giovanni Ortolani interviewed Poonpipope Kasemsap, professor at Kasetart University, whose comments provide narration for most of the video.

“A lot of things can be done with a small investment, with innovations, in order to help the farmers so that they can live better lives,” Kasemsap says in the video. Continue reading Agricultural innovations at Kasetsart University, in SciDev.Net video

Grafting team gathers for Wisconsin workshop

The Horticulture Innovation Lab’s “Plántulas de Esperanza” project team gathered in Wisconsin this month for a 9-day workshop focused on vegetable grafting under the leadership of Jim Nienhuis, horticulture professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Among the 28 Spanish-speaking attendees of the workshop were leaders from the women’s farming groups who are participating in the project from Honduras and Guatemala. Also participating were students and professors from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica. Continue reading Grafting team gathers for Wisconsin workshop

Newsletter: Meeting wrap-up, gender tips, opportunities

Below is our email newsletter, with highlights from our recent blog posts and links to other news and opportunities. You can see our newsletters here, or subscribe to get your own copy next time.

Leaders from each of our projects gathered in Zambia last month for an annual meeting, joined by local partners, entrepreneurs, and others interested in horticulture for development. Highlights from this meeting are below, along with some additional program news and opportunities in the world.

WHAT WE LEARNED AT THE ANNUAL MEETING The first day of the three-day meeting was focused on learning about the program’s new portfolio of projects and finding possible synergies between them. Continue reading Newsletter: Meeting wrap-up, gender tips, opportunities

9 tips for incorporating gender into a research project

From the leaders of our new gender-focused project, of Penn State and Zamorano universities, here are some tips to get you thinking about gender-responsive projects:

group photo: Arie, Janelle and Leif
From left, Arie Sanders of Zamorano, Janelle Larson and Leif Jensen (both of Penn State) kicked off a Horticulture Innovation Lab project focused on gender equity and the horticultural value chain in Honduras.
  1. Incorporate and mainstream gender considerations from the inception of the project. Avoid “add and stir” approaches to gender, that is, simply adding gender as a factor without thinking through the range of ways it might infuse your work. A full incorporation might have impacts on decisions about staffing, scheduling time “in the field,” timing of outreach efforts, connecting with “gatekeepers,” and designing gender-specific activities.
  2. Be aware of the cultural context. Constraints that women (and others) face vary between and within societies, regions, localities and households.
  3. Be attentive to interactions between gender and other categories such as race and ethnicity, social class, and life-stage.
  4. When evaluating a specific intervention or issue, give careful thought to sampling design to ensure meaningful participation of women. Continue reading 9 tips for incorporating gender into a research project

Newsletter: Upcoming postharvest event, opportunities

Here is a copy of the email newsletter we sent out to our subscribers this week. We post our newsletters here, but you can always subscribe for next time. Enjoy!

We’re excited to see more interest in improving postharvest practices as a way to increase income and reduce food loss. In a few months, the Horticulture Innovation Lab will be sponsoring an ISHS symposium in Cambodia focused on postharvest issues. Now is the time to submit an abstract, if you’d like to share your research results or expertise at this event. Please enjoy the highlights and other updates below, or Continue reading Newsletter: Upcoming postharvest event, opportunities