Horticulture Innovation Lab's 2017 annual meeting in Guatemala
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:
- Regional Horticulture Conference (March 6)
- Workday (March 7)
- Field tour (March 3-5)
- International Advisory Board meeting (March 8-9)
We will continue to update this webpage, with presentations and photos from these events.
The Regional Horticulture Conference was March 6 as part of the Horticulture Innovation Lab's annual meeting, at the Camino Real Hotel in Antigua.
Some speakers presented in English and others in Spanish. (Simultaneous translation was provided at the event.)
Speakers at the Regional Horticulture Conference
Welcome and introductions
- Meagan Terry, Horticulture Innovation Lab
- Harry Kriz, Deputy Director, USAID/Guatemala
- Role of Horticulture in Feed the Future
John Bowman, USAID Bureau for Food Security
- Lic. Raúl Hernández Figueroa, Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Nutrition of Guatemala
- New strategic plan for WorldVeg
Marco Wopereis, World Vegetable Center
- Horticulture Innovation Lab Overview
Elizabeth Mitcham, Director, Horticulture Innovation Lab
- Guillermo Alvarado, Honduras, Horticulture Innovation Lab advisory board
Innovative work in Guatemala and Central America
Ignacio Iviteri, Agropecuaria Popoyán LC
- Desarrollo de tecnología apropiada a sistemas de producción de agricultura familiar, para el mejoramiento del cultivo de la papa
Osman Cifuentes, Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Agrícolas
- Reduciendo la desnutrición a través de la biofortificación
Karen López, Semilla Nueva
- Guatemala: Un país con grandes oportunidades
Ivan Buitron, AGEXPORT
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.
- Janelle Larson, Penn State University: Gender matters
Empowering women through horticulture in Honduras
- Jim Simon, Rutgers: Lessons learned from improving nutrition and income with African indigenous vegetables
Improving nutrition with African indigenous vegetables in Kenya and Zambia
- James Nienhuis, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Plántulas de Esperanza
Expanding tomato grafting for entrepreneurship in Honduras and Guatemala
- Gurbinder Gill, Agribusiness Associates: 6 lessons from postharvest loss assessments in Rwanda
Reducing postharvest losses in Rwanda
- Manuel Reyes, Kansas State University: Conservation agriculture in commercial vegetable home gardens
Promoting conservation agriculture for vegetable growers in Cambodia and Nepal
- Ivanna Vejarano, Zamorano: How to make the Regional Center at Zamorano sustainable
Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Zamorano in Honduras
- Abraham Salomon, UC Davis: Constraints and innovations for small, private irrigation in Uganda
Developing farmer-led irrigation solutions in Uganda
- Poonpipope Kasemsap, Kasetsart University: Should I use pest exclusion nets?
Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Kasetsart University in Thailand
- Johan Van Asbrouck, Rhino Research: Dry chain and dry store
Scaling up drying technologies for seed in Bangladesh
5-Minute Lessons, Round 2
- Angelos Deltsidis, UC Davis: Lessons from horticultural innovations in Bangladesh
Examining nutrition impacts of horticultural innovations in Bangladesh
- Meagan Terry, UC Davis: Five Lessons in Adoption and Success of Drip Irrigation for Smallholder Farmers
Promoting drip irrigation and climate resilience in Guatemala
- Karen LeGrand, UC Davis: Shared interest, participation, and trust
Building safe vegetable value chains in Cambodia
- Brent Sipes, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa: Towards potato cyst nematode control and healthy soil
Managing nematodes and soil health in Guatemala
- William Vance Baird, Michigan State University: Assessing feasibility of pest exclusion nets
Assessing feasibility of pest-exclusion nets in Kenya
- Elyssa Lewis, UC Davis: 5 ways the Trellis Fund generates impact
Supporting local organizations with student agricultural expertise (Trellis Fund)
- Emil van Wyk, Agrismart: Developing the Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center in Lusaka
Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center in Zambia
- Peter Hirst, Purdue University: Appropriate postharvest handling, processing, and marketing of dried apricots in Tajikistan
Improving practices for dried apricots in Tajikistan
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:
- Update from the Horticulture Innovation Lab
Elizabeth Mitcham, Horticulture Innovation Lab
- Update from USAID: Agricultural Research and Policy (ARP) highlights and priorities
John Bowman, USAID
- Annual report overview: Key accomplishments of 2016
Elizabeth Mitcham, Horticulture Innovation Lab
- 5 minutes on Horticulture Innovation Lab branding
Brenda Dawson, Horticulture Innovation Lab
- Power dynamics in research
Elyssa Lewis, UC Davis
- Gender and horticulture: Considerations regarding outreach
Leif Jensen, Penn State University
- How do we measure progress and plan for impact
Josette Lewis, UC Davis World Food Center
- Using the power of video to amplify your work
John Mounier, UC Davis Strategic Communications
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.
- March 3: Visit to Centro de Paz Bárbara Ford in Santa Cruz del Quiche
- March 4: Farm visits in Nebaj (Tzalbal and Xecoxo)
- March 5: Chichicastenango market and return to Antigua
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
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:
- Promoting drip irrigation and climate resilience: Guatemala
The Horticulture Innovation Lab team leads this buy-in project from USAID/Guatemala, called "MásRiego" ($3.4 million)
- Empowering women through horticulture: Honduras
Janelle Larson of The Pennsylvania State University, leads the gender project, "Women in Agriculture Network: Honduras" ($1.3 million)
- Integrating soil practices for managing nematode pests: Guatemala
Brent Sipes of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa leads the nematode IPM project, "Integrated and Scalable Nematode-Soil Health Management for Smallholder Potato Farming Systems" ($450,000)
- Expanding tomato grafting for entrepreneurship: Honduras and Guatemala
James Nienhuis of University of Wisconsin-Madison, leads a spin-off project on tomato grafting, "Plántulas de Esperanza" ($300,000)
Regional Center serving Central America:
- Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Zamorano: Honduras
Led by Julio Lopez at Zamorano, the center brings together key regional players with Horticulture Innovation Lab partners to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers throughout Central America.
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