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.
(The Madison hotel, 1177 15th St NW)

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture presents this two-day conference that gathers the latest innovations and top researchers in the growing field of horticulture for development.

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?

Hear from leading university researchers, development practitioners, and government leaders at the Horticulture Research for Development Conference, March 26-27 in Washington, D.C.

Registration for this event is full. If you are interested in participating, we invite you to express your interest in attending, so we can contact you in case additional seats become available. We will continue to update this page as additional agenda details are confirmed.

March 26-27 Agenda

See the complete conference program (PDF) for a detailed agenda, including speakers and panelists.

Tuesday, March 26

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration opens

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Conference sessions

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Evening reception

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Evening breakout session

See Tuesday's detailed agenda. Topics will include:

  • Why horticulture? Why now? 
  • Women's economic empowerment
  • Targeting youth livelihoods in horticulture
  • Water management for nutrient-dense foods
  • Nutrition impacts
  • Policy for a diverse global plate
  • Building capacity with local partners and young scientists

Wednesday, March 27

Conference sessions 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

See Wednesday's detailed agenda. Topics will include:

  • Harvest opportunity from farm to market
  • Proven postharvest strategies
  • Horticulture technologies for uptake
  • Moving research success to scale
  • How academia can better nourish the future
  • Meeting horticulture needs through university engagement
  • Doing business with Feed the Future Innovation Labs
  • Identifying opportunities for partnership and investment
  • Funding innovations in horticulture


Keynote speakers

Emmy Simmons portrait Emmy Simmons
Simmons offers a broad view on the importance
of horticulture, from her role as a Senior Adviser
for the Center for Strategic and International
Studies (CSIS).
Kimberly Flowers, CSIS, speaker portrait Kimberly Flowers
Flowers provides updates on policy issues
related to horticulture, as Director of the
Global Food Security Project and
Humanitarian Agenda at CSIS.
Bonnie McClafferty portrait Bonnie McClafferty
McClafferty shares a nutrition perspective,
as Director of Food Systems for the
USAID Advancing Nutrition project.
Jeff Lansdale portrait, EAP Zamorano Jeff Lansdale
Lansdale speaks to the importance of university
partnerships, as President of the Panamerican
Agricultural School, Zamorano, in Honduras.

Key themes

  • Role of horticulture in improving nutrition and income generation
    Fruits and vegetables are nutritious, high-value crops that can reduce poverty and malnutrition. How can horticultural research findings best promote double-duty impacts toward Feed the Future goals?
  • Gender empowerment through horticulture
    Kitchen gardens and the traditional designation of "women's crops" can mean women play central roles in horticultural production and marketing. How can women's involvement in horticulture value chains be best supported to advance women's economic empowerment and household health?
  • Food security and postharvest loss
    Reducing food losses in fruits and vegetables after harvest is achievable and critical to meeting global food security goals. What tools and practices can convert reducing food losses and food waste into profitable business opportunities?
  • Youth engagement in horticulture value chains
    The horticultural value chain offers ample entrepreneurial opportunities, with fruit and vegetable crops that can return high profits with short-time investments on small plots of land. How can youth be profitably engaged in horticultural innovation and technology advancement?