UC Davis students selected as ‘Future Leaders’

Two UC Davis students — Elyssa Lewis and Kate Polakiewicz — were selected for a competitive student fellowship by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD).

The fellowship supports each student in attending the 2016 AIARD Conference, June 5-7 in Washington, D.C. The selected students will also participate in Continue reading UC Davis students selected as ‘Future Leaders’

Simon gives memorial lecture at University of Minnesota

James Simon, professor at Rutgers University and a partner of the Horticulture Innovation Lab, recently presented a memorial lecture at the University of Minnesota.

Approximately 100 people attended the talk Simon gave April 13 as the invited speaker for the Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture to the University of Minnesota’s Department of Horticultural Science. Continue reading Simon gives memorial lecture at University of Minnesota

Nienhuis honored by Costa Rican university

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Jim Nienhuis, UW-Madison professor

Jim Nienhuis, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a partner of the Horticulture Innovation Lab, was recently recognized for his partnership with a Costa Rican university.

On Feb. 11, Nienhuis received an award from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (ITCR), signed by the school’s rector and its agriculture school director, in recognition of his broad partnership and academic exchange with the institution.

As part of his ongoing partnership with ITCR,
three students in Costa Rica — Tania Corrales, Rebecca Duran and Ramon Rodriguez — are doing their thesis work on tomato and pepper grafting. For example, Duran recently Continue reading Nienhuis honored by Costa Rican university

Mitcham honored as ASHS Outstanding International Horticulturist

Elizabeth Mitcham, UC Davis scientist, was honored by the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) as its Outstanding International Horticulturist for 2015.

She accepted the award Aug. 4 at the ASHS annual conference in New Orleans. The award recognizes distinguished contributions to horticultural sciences for 10 years or more, with emphasis on international activities and impacts.

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Beth Mitcham, director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab and Postharvest Technology Center at UC Davis (high-res)

At UC Davis, Mitcham is director of both the Horticulture Innovation Lab and Postharvest Technology Center programs. As director of the internationally recognized Postharvest Technology Center, she has helped train professionals from more than 40 countries in how best to care for fruits and vegetables after harvest, to reduce food waste and improve food quality. She has hosted numerous foreign scientists and students in her lab at the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, where her research focuses on the regulation of fruit ripening, understanding calcium deficiency disorders, and maintaining fruit quality after harvest.

Mitcham also leads the Horticulture Innovation Lab, which targets fruit and vegetable research in developing countries to reduce poverty and improve nutrition. Her leadership helps build international partnerships between scientists and develop technologies that meet the horticultural needs of smallholder farmers. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development as part of Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

“I’ve really become passionate about what horticulture can bring to reducing poverty and improving lives,” she said. “Meeting people who are now able to send their children to school or buy books—those one-on-one interactions are what really stick with me. It is so rewarding to be able to work in this field.” Continue reading Mitcham honored as ASHS Outstanding International Horticulturist

AIARD honors Amanda Crump for distinguished service

Amanda Crump, our program’s associate director, was honored recently by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) with its Award for Distinguished Service.

The award honors public service and major contributions to the association’s objectives — namely, improving global capacity to eliminate poverty, improve food security, conserve the environment, and stimulate economic growth. The award was presented at the AIARD Annual Conference, June 1 in Washington, D.C.

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Amanda Crump

As the associate director for the Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis, Crump leads the program’s gender equity focus and is responsible for monitoring a portfolio of research projects. Her own research focuses on novel practices for agricultural extension education for farmers — particularly women — in developing countries. She also leads the UC Davis portion of a multi-university program focused on integrating gender and nutrition into agricultural extension services in several countries, called INGENEAS.

Crump has served as the Continue reading AIARD honors Amanda Crump for distinguished service