Horticulture Innovation Lab's 2016 annual meeting
Explore photos from the 2016 annual meeting in our Flickr album.
When: March 14-18
Where: Angkor Paradise Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia
In 2016, the Horticulture Innovation Lab held its annual meeting in Cambodia. The event brought together the program's international team, local horticultural experts, and development practitioners.
The conference program (PDF) has information about the annual meeting conference and tour day in Siem Reap, March 14-15.
Wednesday, March 16, was a workday meeting (PDF) for Horticulture Innovation Lab principal investigators, collaborators, and board members.
Thursday, March 17 was a meeting of the program's international advisory board members.
The Symposium on Horticultural Science was held Friday, March 18, at the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh. Presentations are available from this event.
Blog posts reflecting on the annual meeting events:
You can read our series of annual meeting 2016 blog posts, or select individual posts below to read.
- Looking back at the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s 2016 annual meeting by Brenda Dawson, communications coordinator
- Symposium on Horticultural Science: Highlights from Cambodia’s premier agricultural university by Brenda Dawson, communications coordinator
- Following vegetables from field to market in Cambodia by Angelos Deltsidis, postharvest specialist
- Moving beyond the computer screen at our annual meeting by Elyssa Lewis, graduate student
- Directors of regional horticulture centers gather in Thailand by Britta Hansen, program officer
Lightning talk presentations and videos
Watch 5-minute lightning talk videos in our Lightning Talks 2016 playlist on YouTube.
We have 10 videos from the 5-minute lightning talks below available on our YouTube channel's Lightning Talks playlist.
Here are the slides from all of the lightning talk presentations, in the order they were presented:
- Tools for drying seeds, Johan Van Asbrouck, Rhino Research
- Cambodia HARVEST (video), Symantha Holben, FINTRAC, Cambodia HARVEST
- ECHO in Southeast Asia, Boonsong Thansrithong, ECHO Asia Impact Center
- Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Zamorano in Honduras (video), Julio Lopez, Panamerican Agricultural School, Zamorano
- Vegetable grafting in Honduras and Guatemala (video), Jim Nienhuis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Indigenous vegetables for nutrition in Zambia and Kenya (video), Jim Simon, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
- Horticulture and nutrition in Bangladesh (video), Angelos Deltsidis, University of California, Davis
- Gender equity in Honduras, Janelle Larson, Penn State
- Conservation agriculture in Cambodia and Nepal, Manny Reyes, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
- Irrigation innovations in Uganda (video), Kate Scow, UC Davis
- Potato storage in Bangladesh, Amrita Mukherjee, UC Davis
- AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center in Southeast Asia (video), Fenton Beed, AVRDC
- Regional Center at Kasetsart University in Thailand (video), Poonpipope Kasemsap, Kasetsart University
- Trellis: Supporting local organizations while engaging graduate students (video), Elyssa Lewis, UC Davis
- Safe vegetable production in Cambodia (video), Borarin Buntong, Royal University of Agriculture
Explore our photos from the tour day of the 2016 annual meeting in our Flickr album.
Each group visited these sites near Siem Reap, though in a different order:
- Stop A: Grown Right...
Explore the conservation agriculture practices being used by farmers and partners to grow vegetables, on the Horticulture Innovation Lab project led by Manny Reyes, “Promoting conservation agriculture for vegetable growers.” Highlights of these practices include: drip irrigation, no till, continuous mulch, species diversity, integrated pest management, and a seedling nursery.
- Stop B: Handled Right, Community Right
Continuing the visit of the “Promoting conservation agriculture for vegetable growers” project, see how farmers are preparing their vegetables for the market, including a CoolBot-equipped cool room, packing house, and “tuktukbot.” The group also met with community leaders engaged in this project for discussion and Q&A. Topics for discussion include the set-up of their cooperative, income from cooperative marketing, commercial vegetable home gardeners, and the neighborhood buying vegetables.
- Stop C: HARVEST project site
Focusing on agriculture as a business, as opposed to subsistence farming, is the focus of Cambodia HARVEST. The project works with households that have larger land holdings to introduce commercial farming technology. Participants visited HARVEST clients in Anchan village.
On Friday, March 18, the Royal University of Agriculture and the Horticulture Innovation Lab presented a Symposium on Horticultural Science at the RUA campus in Phnom Penh.
The symposium included lectures about horticultural research, presented by an array of scientists from around the world, including Cambodian faculty.
Please see the Symposium on Horticultural Science website for more details and for presentations.
To learn more about the Horticulture Innovation Lab's recent work in Cambodia, you may want to browse through our recent blog posts related to Cambodia:
- Reducing drudgery while improving soil for Cambodian vegetable farmers
- Visiting Cambodia: Conservation agriculture and marketing by motorbike
- 14 steps to growing vegetables with conservation agriculture and drip irrigation
Learn more about the Horticulture Innovation Lab in Asia from our fact sheet (PDF) or from the list of projects below.
Current project in Cambodia:
- Promoting conservation agriculture to vegetable growers: Nepal and Cambodia
Manny Reyes of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, leads a spin-off project, "Incentives and Markets for Vegetable Smallholders to Practice Water and Labor Saving Technologies"
Completed projects in Asia:
- Implementing drying beads for seeds: Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda
Kent Bradford of UC Davis, led "Seed Systems – Improving Seed Quality for Smallholders"
- Creating a market niche for 'food-safe' vegetables: Cambodia, Vietnam
Cary Trexler at UC Davis led "Increasing Food Safety and Creating a Niche in the Market for Smallholders by Educating Them in Production, Postharvest, Food Safety, and Marketing and Branding their Produce According to Specific Food Safety Standards"
- Introducing new seed storage technologies: India, Nepal, Thailand
Kent Bradford of UC Davis, led "New Technology for Postharvest Drying and Storage of Horticultural Seeds"
- Developing a postharvest alternative to fungicide: Sri Lanka
Robert Paull of University of Hawai’i at Mānoa led "Biological-Based Postharvest Quality Maintenance and Disease Control for Mango and Papaya"
- Empowering women vegetable growers with drip irrigation: Cambodia
Manuel Reyes of North Carolina A&T State University led a project focused on empowering women vegetables growers with drip irrigation in Cambodia.
- Strengthening indigenous seed systems: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
Rick Bates at Penn State led "Strengthening Indigenous Informal Seed Systems in Southeast Asia"
- Testing cell phone-based extension services: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka
Mywish Maredia of Michigan State University led "Cell Phone Enabled Personalized Agro-Advisory Services for Horticultural Crops in South Asia"
- Strengthening local expertise in postharvest practices: Cambodia, Vietnam
Robert Paull of University of Hawai’i at Mānoa led "Integrated Postharvest Extension Program for Cambodia and Vietnam"
- Increasing food safety through a regional consortium: Bangladesh, India
Ronnie Coffman of Cornell University led "A Regional Approach to Food Safety for Fruits and Vegetables in Bangladesh"
- Developing energy solutions for horticultural production: Honduras, Kenya, Thailand
Kurt Kornbluth and James Thompson of UC Davis led "Innovative Energy Solutions in Horticulture"
- Demonstrating low-cost cooling technology: Honduras, India, Uganda
Michael Reid of UC Davis led "Coolrooms and Cool Transport for Small-Scale Farmers"
PREVIOUS ANNUAL MEETINGS
Each year the Horticulture Innovation Lab gathers its partners to review the year's activities, plan for the future, exchange information and learn about horticultural activities in the local region.
- 2015 in Zambia
- 2014 in Honduras
- 2013 in Kenya
- 2012 in Thailand
- 2011 in USA (Davis, California)
- 2010 Inception workshop (Singapore)