Guatemalan extension agents learn how to use rapid diagnostic techniques to identify Phytophthora spp.
Nepalese entrepreneur preserves seeds for sale to smallholder growers.
- To enable and promote adoption of horticultural technologies
- To provide training programs for professionals, on-site and across the region
- To encourage entrepreneurs to utilize and manufacture innovative technologies
- To serve as repositories and dissemination points for knowledge
- To facilitate human capacity building
- To undertake appropriate research
- To promote economically and environmentally sustainable agricultural production among small- to medium-sized farms, especially those managed by women.
In collaboration with partner institutions, the Horticulture Innovation Lab operates Regional Centers in Southeast Asia and in Central America.
The centers bring together key regional players to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers and small businesses in the regions' developing countries, while building capacity at the host institutions.
Primary goals shared between each of the Regional Centers are:
- Researching, innovating and disseminating horticultural technologies
- Training farmers, horticultural stakeholders, extension agents and researchers
- Building capacity among local institutions
The current centers include:
- Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Kasetsart University, Thailand
This center held its opening celebration in February 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Zamorano, Honduras
This center held its inauguration Sept. 28, 2012 in Honduras. Additional event details about the inauguration and the center itself are available online.
Plans for an additional Regional Center in Zambia are also underway, in partnership with Agrismart Zambia.
On the UC Davis campus: The Horticulture Innovation Lab also hosts a Demonstration Center at UC Davis, for campus visitors to explore tools and plants that the program's teams use around the world.
The centers integrate into the Horticulture Innovation Lab's programs by bridging project partners, program stakeholders and infrastructure at national research institutes and universities. This enables an exchange of activities and information focused on the region's horticulture.
The centers connect horticultural researchers, extension workers, farmers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and relevant private sector partners within their respective regions.
- serves as a regional repository for horticultural technologies and knowledge,
- provides training programs,
- facilitates the evaluation and adaptation of horticultural technologies, and
- develops mechanisms for sharing ideas within and across borders.
Teams at the centers provide ongoing training for the local horticultural industry in their respective region, in partnership with national agriculture research and extension systems, agricultural universities, NGOs and private companies. The centers draw on local experts who have received technical training through advanced degree programs or train-the-trainer courses.
The centers also provide testing grounds for horticultural technologies and physical facilities for workshops and training sessions. Each center houses a number of horticulture technologies that have been researched and validated by Horticulture Innovation Lab researchers and in-country partners.