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01 August 2013 2 Comments
International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables

International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) and the International Society for Horticulture Science (ISHS) will be organising the “International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables”, to take place 18-20 August 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the 29th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014).

The conference aims to increase agricultural systems diversification – focusing on indigenous vegetables – in order to improve human nutrition through better balanced diets and to achieve more resilient, profitable, and sustainable small-holder production and marketing systems. The target region of interest of this symposium will be confined to the Pacific Island communities and other locations in Africa and Asia, where poor current dietary choices have led to critically high human health costs to society.

International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables” is now calling for abstracts to be submitted by 01 November 2013 on the following topics:

  1. Germplasm and seed systems;
  2. Sustainable production for more resilient systems;
  3. Postharvest and commercialisation; and
  4. Nutrition and consumption

Applicants are advised to write directly to the conveners of the symposium, Dr. Dyno Keatinge or Dr. Jaw-Fen Wang, at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please visit the official website of “International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables” for more information.

15 April 2013 Add Comments
Proceedings of the “2nd International Symposium on Underutilised Plant Species: Crops for the Future – Beyond Food Security”

Proceedings of the “2nd International Symposium on Underutilised Plant Species: Crops for the Future – Beyond Food Security”

We are pleased to announce that the proceedings of the “2nd International Symposium on Underutilised Plant Species: Crops for the Future – Beyond Food Security” has been published by Acta Horticulturae publication of International Society for Horticultural Sciences (ISHS) on 31 March 2013.

The symposium was held on 27 June-01 July 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was organised by Crops for the Future Research Centre, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus under the auspices of ISHS. The event was co-convened and supported by Crops for the Future, Bioversity International, the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Boustead Holdings Berhad, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Kirkhouse Trust, British Council and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa.

The follow-up to this symposium is the coming “3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS)” that will take place on 23-25 September 2013, in Accra, Ghana. Please visit the official conference website for more information. Interested participants are encouraged to sign up for the conference newsletter to receive updates on the development of this conference.

 

Archived postings of the symposium in the past:

http://www.cropsforthefuture.org/2011/08/crops-for-the-future-symposium-2011-introduction/

http://www.cropsforthefuture.org/2010/09/2nd-international-symposium-on-underutilised-plant-species-2/

19 February 2013 Add Comments
The Horticulture CRSP Trellis Fund

The Horticulture CRSP Trellis Fund

The Horticulture CRSP Trellis Fund provides small-scale, in-country development organisations access to U.S. graduate student expertise, providing benefit to both the student and the in-country institutions.

Organisations in 18 selected developing countries are invited to identify a horticultural problem facing local farmers and the type of expertise they seek in a U.S. graduate student. Interested organisation are requested to submit a project proposal with their intended objectives, activities, gender program and a $2,000 budget

Graduate students from UC Davis, Cornell University, North Carolina State University and University of Hawaii at Manoa are invited to submit applications to participate in this programme. Selected students will travel to meet their partner organisation and, upon return, will support their organisation’s outreach programme via email.

Deadline to both organisations and graduate students applications closes on 04 March 2013. Please visit the official website of the Horticulture CRSP Trellis Fund 2013 for more information or direct your enquiries to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

11 January 2013 4 Comments
SEAVEG 2014 - Regional Symposium on Sustaining Small-Scale Vegetable Production and Marketing Systems

SEAVEG 2014 - Regional Symposium on Sustaining Small-Scale Vegetable Production and Marketing Systems

AVRDC just announced “SEAVEG 2014: Families, Farms, Food – Regional Symposium on Sustaining Small-Scale Vegetable Production and Marketing Systems for Food and Nutrition Security“, to take place 25-28 February 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand.

The objective of the symposium is to examine how policies and practices to sustain small-scale agriculture — vegetable production and marketing in particular — can improve availability of and accessibility to safe and nutritious food, as well as contribute to better nutrition and balanced diets, thus enhancing the socio-economic development of ASEAN member states.

Please visit SEAVEG 2014 official website for more information.

24 December 2012 4 Comments

AVRDC is inviting researchers and extentionists to sign up for this training course on technical and managerial skills from vegetable breeding to marketing. There will be three modules to be carried out at different dates from 16 September to 6 December 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Download the event brochure for more details on each training module.