Thriving vegetable plants, new experiments in progress, visitors exploring agricultural tools, and an upcoming gardening contest have been keeping the team behind the Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center busy recently.
With more than 2 million visitors per year, Victoria Falls World Heritage Site and luxury hotels near Livingstone, Zambia, offer an extraordinary market opportunity for local farmers — one that was highlighted recently by the
Horticulture Innovation Lab partners gathered this time in Cambodia to share achievements, exchange ideas, and scheme about their next steps in advancing horticultural science and helping smallholder farmers in developing countries.
Approximately 175 participants attended a Symposium on Horticultural Science, held March 18 at the Royal University of Agriculture campus in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The event was presented by the Royal University of Agriculture in collaboration with the Horticulture Innovation Lab.
While in Cambodia, I visited a project working with women vegetable farmers who have been successfully practicing conservation agriculture. As a postharvest specialist, I have been advising the team remotely about postharvest handling and low-cost technologies.
Norman E. Looney, a tireless advocate for horticulture in developing countries and founding member of the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s International Advisory Board, died March 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 77.