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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture

Horticulture Innovation Lab

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UC Davis
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Davis, CA 95616

(530) 752-3522 (phone)
(530) 752-7182 (fax)

 

Horticulture Innovation Lab's 2017 annual meeting in Guatemala

2016 Annual Meeting photo album: March 14 in Siem Reap

In 2017, the Horticulture Innovation Lab held its annual meeting events in Antigua, Guatemala. The events brought together the program's international team, local horticultural experts, and development practitioners. Events included:

We will continue to update this webpage, with presentations and photos from these events.

REGIONAL HORTICULTURE CONFERENCE

The Regional Horticulture Conference was March 6 as part of the Horticulture Innovation Lab's annual meeting, at the Camino Real Hotel in Antigua.

See the complete program (PDF) for original schedule and other details. the program is also available in Spanish (PDF).

Some speakers presented in English and others in Spanish. (Simultaneous translation was provided at the event.)

Speakers at the Regional Horticulture Conference

Annual Meeting - March 6, 2017 - Antigua, Guatemala

The Horticulture Innovation Lab's Regional Horticulture Conference was March 6 in Antigua, Guatemala. See the program in English or programa en Español for more details.

Welcome and introductions

Innovative work in Guatemala and Central America

5-Minute Lessons, Round 1
Researchers working with the Horticulture Innovation Lab gave 5-minute talks on a useful lesson from their project, along with a very brief introduction to their project, its partners, and location. Below are the slides from their presentations. Many of these presentations will later be converted into blog posts.

5-Minute Lessons, Round 2

PROJECTS WORKDAY

Tuesday, March 7, was a workday for Horticulture Innovation Lab researchers who are currently funded by the program. See the workday agenda (PDF) for details. Select presentations:

 

FIELD TOUR BEFORE THE MEETING (INVITATION-ONLY)

Field Tour / site visit agenda for March 3-5

As part of the Horticulture Innovation Lab's annual meeting, researchers participated in a field tour on March 3-5 and also an internal workday on March 7.

Friday, March 3 – Sunday, March 5: Principal investigators and partners participated in an optional field tour before the annual meeting, to visit farm sites where Horticulture Innovation Lab-supported research or outreach is taking place.

See field tour agenda (PDF) for details. (Spanish field tour agenda also available.)

 

INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD MEETING (INVITATION-ONLY)

Wednesday, March 8 – Thursday, March 9: The Horticulture Innovation Lab's International Advisory Board members met in the days after the annual meeting. Materials for this meeting were sent directly to board members.

 

HORTICULTURE INNOVATION LAB IN CENTRAL AMERICA

Field Tour / site visit agenda for March 3-5

The Horticulture Innovation Lab has ongoing projects in Central America related to climate-smart agriculture, drip irrigation, gender empowerment, soil health, nematode management and vegetable grafting. See this poster "How fruit and vegetable research can impact poverty in Central America" (PDF) for more details.

In 2016, the Horticulture Innovation Lab started a new project in Guatemala called MásRiego (“more irrigation”), with a $3.4 million buy-in from the USAID mission in Guatemala.

Also in 2016, the program awarded a nematode-focused project to Brent Sipes of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa focused on integrating soil practices for managing nematodes with farmers in Guatemala.

The program has an ongoing gender project led by Janelle Larson of The Pennsylvania State University that is focused on empowering women through horticulture.

James Nienhuis of the University of Wisconsin-Madison also leads a project that focuses on vegetable grafting as an entrepreneurial opportunity for smallholder women farmers, which is a spin-off from previous projects focused on seed production and vegetable variety selection.

In 2013 the Horticulture Innovation Lab also conducted an assessment of constraints to horticultural growth in Central America. The results of this assessment were organized into a report called Advancing Horticulture: Assessment of constraints to horticultural sector growth in Central America. Information about the report is available in both Spanish and English.

Since 2012, the Horticulture Innovation Lab has partnered with the Panamerican Agricultural School, Zamorano, with a center in Honduras that serves as a horticultural hub for the region. Find more information about the Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Zamorano.

You can learn more about the Horticulture Innovation Lab in Central America (PDF) or from the list of current projects below. To learn more about the Horticulture Innovation Lab's recent work in Guatemala specifically, you may want to browse through our recent blog posts related to Guatemala.

Current project in Central America:

Regional Center serving Central America:

 

QUESTIONS?

Please contact us at horticulture@ucdavis.edu.