Seeking insights into integrated animal-horticulture systems

Understanding the socioeconomic feasibility and trade-offs involved in mixed crop-livestock farming systems — ones that specifically incorporate fruit and vegetable crops — is the focus of a new call for concept notes.

The Horticulture Innovation Lab is offering a grant up to $750,000 over three years to support a research project in integrated animal-horticulture systems. Sept. 19, 2016 is the deadline for brief concept notes, submitted by U.S. university researchers.

The research should be focused on the needs of smallholder farmers in developing countries that are part of Feed the Future, with priority given to Cambodia, Nepal and Rwanda.

“We are hoping to attract researchers from a range of disciplines — sociologists, economists, livestock specialists, and agriculturists — who have experience working in this area, even if not specifically with horticultural crops,” said Beth Mitcham, director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab. “The most important thing is to have a  Continue reading Seeking insights into integrated animal-horticulture systems

New funding for market-driven research on apricots, tomatoes

How to improve market opportunities for farmers growing tomatoes in West Africa and apricots in Central Asia are the main objectives of two new research grant opportunities from the Horticulture Innovation Lab.

September 12 is the deadline for research proposals for these two projects, each with funding up to $300,000 over two years. U.S.-based researchers are invited to apply in partnership with international scientists and organizations.

The research will provide evidence-based analysis to help smallholder farmers better connect with agricultural markets, through practices that address fruit quality, food safety, packaging, handling, processing, transportation, market analysis and other postharvest issues. The Horticulture Innovation Lab conducts collaborative research with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, as part of Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

Helping apricot farmers in Tajikistan

After a severe frost hit northern Tajikistan’s primary apricot growing region in 2015, farmers in southern Tajikistan’s Khatlon province saw new opportunities to connect Continue reading New funding for market-driven research on apricots, tomatoes

What’s growing at the Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center at UC Davis

Thriving vegetable plants, new experiments in progress, visitors exploring agricultural tools, and an upcoming gardening contest have been keeping the team behind the Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center busy recently.

Here’s an update about Continue reading What’s growing at the Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center at UC Davis

Crump moves on, seeking new associate director

Amanda Crump, associate director for the Horticulture Innovation Lab, has announced she will be taking a new job as director of the Western Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center. Her last day working for the Horticulture Innovation Lab will be April 29.

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Amanda Crump

Crump joined the program in 2009 as an executive program coordinator, at the inception of the program then called Hort CRSP. In 2012, she was promoted to the position of associate director and later helped the program transition to become the Horticulture Innovation Lab with a new $18.75 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to continue its work.

In particular, Crump provided leadership to the program in relation to strategic planning, gender equity, project monitoring and evaluation, and graduate student mentorship.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with this very collaborative and dynamic team of people that extends beyond UC Davis and includes Continue reading Crump moves on, seeking new associate director

Scholarship opportunity: Guatemalan to study at North Carolina A&T

Guatemalans interested in pursuing a doctoral degree are encouraged to apply for a fellowship package that will be part of an upcoming Horticulture Innovation Lab project in Guatemala, called MásRiego.

The chosen student will pursue a Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Systems at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T), with tuition, fees, travel and dissertation costs supported with funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Qualifying applicants should: Continue reading Scholarship opportunity: Guatemalan to study at North Carolina A&T