Horticulture Research for Development Conference

colorful harvest of fruits and vegetables at market in Cambodia

Colorful Harvest: From Feeding to Nourishing a Growing World

Horticulture Research for Development Conference

When: March 26-27, 2019
Where: Washington, D.C. at The Madison Hotel

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture hosted this two-day conference to gather together the nexus of thought leaders within horticulture for development for an outcome-driven conversation to advance global goals in nutrition and economic security.

Participants heard from leading university researchers, development practitioners, and government leaders about the latest innovations and horticulture research findings at the Horticulture Research for Development Conference, March 26-27 in Washington, D.C.

Keynote presentations

Keynote speakers at the conference included Emmy Simmons, Kimberly Flowers, Bonnie McClafferty, Jeff Lansdale, and Elizabeth Mitcham. When available, slides from these presentations are provided below, along with summaries of their talks. 

Panel discussions and other speakers

Panelists discussed a variety of themes in relation to horticulture, innovation, and international development. 

Technology flash talks

Speakers were invited to give 5-minute presentations on horticulture technologies and promising innovations that are currently being scaled and are poised for greater uptake.

Additional conference information

We will continue to update this page with additional event materials, including panel presentations, research posters, blog posts and more. Explore tweets from the event at #Hort4Dev and find conference photos in our Flickr album

Conference activities focused on broadening conversations surrounding horticulture and building partnerships to leverage a new future in horticulture for development — one that recognizes the challenges and opportunities in fruits and vegetables, and commits to a vision that truly nourishes a healthy, productive society.

Fruits and vegetables offer farmers promising returns even on small plots of land, while providing needed micronutrients to their families, communities and regions. But successfully growing and selling high-value horticultural crops requires local research capacity, knowledgeable producers, and technological innovation that can hurdle rural infrastructure challenges.

A growing body of research shows the importance of diversified diets for a healthy population. In the face of widespread malnutrition and climate change, now is the time to examine the impactful role horticulture, across the value chain, has in benefiting the lives of smallholder farmers globally. How can we best advance fruit and vegetable innovation, to reduce poverty and improve nutrition security?