2014 Annual Meeting

When: March 17-21, 2014
Where: Hotel Real Intercontinental, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The Horticulture Innovation Lab's international team of collaborators met for its 2014 annual meeting in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Local dignitaries, horticultural leaders, and international development professionals joined the team on March 18-19 for a two-day conference, including a half-day workshop on scaling up technologies and a field day at the Panamerican Agricultural School, Zamorano. See the conference program for more details (also available in Spanish).

A smaller group — just the project partners and collaborators — met on March 17 and 20 for updates from all corners of the Horticulture Innovation Lab's projects. See the workdays agenda for more details.

The program's International Advisory Board met on March 21 for its annual meeting to discuss future directions for the program.

Below are some of the presentations, posters, and handouts shared during the meeting (all as PDF files). Please check back, as we continue to receive files from presenters to share. Select photos from the meeting are also available, and will continue to be updated.

Tuesday - Conference: Horticulture in Honduras and Guatemala

In addition to the presentations below, these speakers also provided insights from the region:

  • Horticulture in Honduras 
    Jacobo Paz Bodden, Secretaría de Agricultura y Ganadería, Honduras
  • Horticulture at the Panamerican Agricultural School, Zamorano 
    Roberto Cuevas Garcia, Zamorano
  • USAID/Honduras Overview 
    James Watson, USAID/Honduras
  • Anacafé Overview 
    Arnoldo Melgar Calderón, Anacafé

Tuesday - Conference: Scaling up workshop

In addition to the presentations below, speakers also included:

  • Designing for Adoption
    Robert L. Adams, UC Davis Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center
  • Strategies for scaling: iDE
    Bob Nanes and Carlos V. Urmeneta, iDE

These websites were also recommended by speakers for additional scaling information:

Wednesday - Field day

In the morning, participants selected one of four tour options to get a closer look at horticultural production and marketing in Honduras:

  • Markets and More: This group visited multiple markets, from small neighborhood stalls to a large supermarket distributor.
  • Rural Production and Markets: This group visited a rural market and saw local production for rural markets.
  • Production for Export: This group visited a large producer whose focus is on export, including sorting and processing facilities.
  • Vegetable Production: Green onion, broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce grown year-round. Produce is sold locally to La Colonia and Hortifruti.

In the afternoon, participants gathered at the Panamerican Agricultural School, Zamorano, for a tour of the school's production facilities and the Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Zamorano. For more information about this day's activities, see the program.

Thursday - Workday: Project updates, Round 2 (Q&A session)

The panel discussed various aspects of scaling, including lessons learned and tips for success. Speakers also provided fliers about their projects and recent activities.

More information

Find out more about the Horticulture Innovation Lab's activities in Honduras and Guatemala.

Review highlights and download the full report from the recent horticultural assessment of Honduras and Guatemala, "Advancing Horticulture: Assessment of constraints to horticultural sector growth in Central America."

Learn more about the Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Zamorano.