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6 lessons from postharvest loss assessments in Rwanda

Posted on May 31, 2017
Gurbinder Gill highlights findings from a study of postharvest losses across four value chains in Rwanda, including tomatoes, peppers, bananas and sweet potatoes -- and what the findings mean for the horticulture sector.

7 ways that gender matters in western Honduras

Posted on May 26, 2017
Gender norms define the roles and responsibilities of women and men at the individual, household, community and societal level. Here are seven ways gender norms influence and pervade key aspects of food security.

5 lessons for expanding drip irrigation among smallholder farmers

Posted on May 23, 2017
Meagan Terry writes about lessons learned from the MasRiego project in Guatemala, focused on drip irrigation and climate resilience. Though its name means “more irrigation” in Spanish, this project does more than just install drip irrigation systems.

5 ways Trellis Fund grants generate impact

Posted on March 25, 2017
As student manager of the Trellis Fund, Elyssa Lewis writes experiences and impacts from this program that matches graduate students to organizations in developing countries for short-term horticulture projects.

Building trust in food systems – here and in Cambodia

Posted on February 22, 2017
What is the role of trust in our food system? It can be easy to forget that trust is a critical first step in many agricultural relationships. Establishing trust between actors in a food system has been critical for a project in Cambodia focused on increasing availability of safe vegetables for Cambodian consumers.

New call for Trellis Fund grant proposals

Posted on February 07, 2017
The Horticulture Innovation Lab invites organizations in developing countries to compete for new Trellis Fund grants up to $4,000 each for 6-month projects, to extend horticultural information to local farmers and stakeholders along fruit or vegetable value chains.

Event: First All-Africa Postharvest Congress

Posted on February 06, 2017
“Reducing food losses and waste: Sustainable solutions for Africa” is the theme of the first All Africa Post Harvest Congress and Exhibition. The conference will be March 28-31 in Nairobi, Kenya. The event will address aspects of postharvest management related to perishable crops, perishable animal products, non-perishable food commodities, capacity development, and related social issues that affect postharvest management.

Students selected for projects in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Nepal, Cambodia

Posted on January 19, 2017
The Horticulture Innovation Lab team has selected nine graduate students to support Trellis Fund projects in Africa and Asia in 2017. Through their work on the Trellis Fund projects, the graduate students will apply their agricultural expertise to support local organizations as they work together to help smallholder farmers better grow fruits and vegetables.