Webinars: Horticulture for Development Professional Series

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When: 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) Every Thursday from July 25 to Sept. 19, 2019
Where: Online, using Zoom video conferencing

The Horticulture Innovation Lab is hosting a series of nine webinars in 2019, focused on professional development for researchers, students, practitioners, and others interested in the intersections between horticulture and international development.

Webinars are scheduled for Thursdays, starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT and will last approximately 90 minutes. The first webinar is scheduled for Thursday, July 25.

Webinar participants are invited to select individual sessions of interest, based on their work and experience. Participants who actively join all nine webinars will earn a Horticulture for Development Professional Series certificate.

Join the Twitter discussion about this webinar series with the hashtag #Hort4Dev.

See an announcement about these webinars on Agrilinks, "New webinar series and certificate for practitioners, researchers, students."

Earn the Horticulture for Development Professional Series certificate

Horticulture for development (aka "Hort4Dev") is an increasingly critical field within the international development community, primarily because horticulture offers double-duty impacts related to both poverty and malnutrition. Advancements in horticulture offer farmers many ways to improve their livelihoods by growing high-value fruit and vegetable crops that provide necessary nutrients to their families and communities. Fruit and vegetable value chains offer important opportunities for off-farm employment, through postharvest management, value-added products and aggregation — while simultaneously increasing fruit and vegetable availability.

For international development professionals and researchers interested in advancing their careers in Hort4Dev, the Horticulture Innovation Lab is offering this nine-part webinar series that combines project management skills and horticulture topics related to international development contexts.

Once webinar participants complete all nine of the live webinars, the Horticulture Innovation Lab team will email the registered participant their personalized PDF certificate for completing the Horticulture for Development Professional Series 2019 from the Horticulture Innovation Lab. 


Upcoming webinars in the Horticulture for Development Professional Series

Additional details and speaker information will be available closer to the date of each webinar. Please check back on this page for updates and other information, or to view webinar recordings after they are complete. Registration is free and encouraged for the purposes of scheduling and tracking for the (optional) webinar series certificate.

Webinar 1
How to find funding and grants for international agricultural development activities

11:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, July 25

Register now for this Funding and Grants webinar 

This fundraising webinar will provide an overview of funding opportunities for local, in-country organizations that are interested in applying for international and national grants in horticultural and agricultural development. The webinar addresses topics such as identifying alternatives to grants, evaluating grant opportunities and planning applications. The session includes an overview of different donors and partnership opportunities for sub-awards related to grant funding. The webinar also discusses activities that organizations can use to better prepare for grant opportunities, including networking, monitoring funding opportunities, developing a project plan, and writing proposals.

  • Megan Mayzelle will lead this webinar, a freelance writer and trainer who has previously served as a grant director for a multi-million dollar agricultural and community education project in California. She previously led a fundraising and grant writing workshop for in-person participants at the Horticulture Innovation Lab's Trellis Fund Summit.

Webinar 2
How to conduct horticulture value chain assessments

11:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Aug. 1
Register now for this Value Chain Assessment webinar 

Find out how to conduct horticulture assessments across value chains, to better understand the complete horticulture value chain, including challenges, opportunities, and context of your horticulture-related work.

  • Rashmi Ekka of Agribusiness Associates will lead this webinar. Ekka has successfully led horticulture value chain assessments in Rwanda and Burkina Faso, as a project manager for Horticulture Innovation Lab research projects, and has nearly a decade of experience in strategy and international development consulting.

Webinar 3
How to integrate participatory research methods, surveys and focus groups

11:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Aug. 8
Register now for this Research Methods webinar 

​​​​​​This webinar will cover the basics of qualitative research/learning methods to gather information and better understand the landscape as part of development projects, with an emphasis on participatory approaches. We will introduce qualitative research methods, including best practices for formulating interview questions, focus group discussions, and other participatory learning tools.

  • Robb Davis will lead this webinar. He directs Intercultural Programs at UC Davis and has more than 25 years' experience in international public health programming in more than 30 countries. He has designed training and Master’s level courses on project planning, monitoring and evaluation, with a focus on in-depth interviewing techniques and participatory learning tools. 

Webinar 4
How to apply best practices in project management for development professionals

11:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Aug. 15
Register now for this Project Management webinar 

This project management webinar will provide an overview of the key competencies, skills and tools that development professionals can use for effective project management. Tools discussed will include problem/solution trees, scope and risk management/analysis, and stakeholder and resource mapping. Core competencies will include those related to both technical and leadership roles, self-management, and international development specifically.

  • Speaker(s) will be confirmed at a later date, along with additional webinar topics discussed.

Webinar 5
How to engage youth in horticulture value chains

11:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Aug. 22
Register now for this Youth and Horticulture webinar 

This webinar will feature a panel of speakers discussing youth, with a focus on horticulture as a particularly beneficial entry point for young agricultural entrepreneurs.  The webinar will highlight the advantages of youth engagement in the horticulture value chain to donors, implementing partners, and in-country actors. Panelists will include:

  • Hillary Proctor of Making Cents International will present on ways land access, family power structure, income control and entrepreneurial opportunities throughout the supply chain play a role in youth engagement in agriculture.
  • Erin McGuire of the Horticulture Innovation Lab will address advantages of horticulture in terms of nutrition, income potential, and short growth-cycles.
  • Debora Rivera of the Horticulture Innovation Lab (based in Guatemala) will share experiences from the program's MasRiego project, focused on promoting drip irrigation and climate resilience in Guatemala.
  • John Bowman of the USAID Bureau for Food Security will provide a broad perspective on programming for youth in horticulture in international development projects. 

Webinar 6
How to host an effective agricultural extension workshop

11:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Aug. 29
Register now for this Workshop Tips webinar 

This webinar will prepare participants to design an effective extension program, with an emphasis on implementing an effective workshop. The sessions will introduce best practices while delivering a workshop or other training, including gathering information about the audience’s interest and backgrounds, promoting learner engagement through icebreakers and activities, and ways to help ensure adoption of the information or technology.

  • Rashmi Ekka of Agribusiness Associates will lead this webinar. Ekka has nearly a decade of experience in strategy and international development consulting and currently works as a project manager for two Horticulture Innovation Lab research projects in Rwanda and Burkina Faso.

Webinar 7
How to use monitoring and evaluation tools to guide project success

11:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 5
Register now for this Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) webinar 

This webinar will introduce basic principles, tools, and best practices around monitoring, evaluation and learning. Participants will gain an understanding of various approaches to building logic models and corresponding approaches to monitor, evaluate, and learn throughout implementation to support adaptive management. 

  • Micah Frumkin of RTI International will lead this webinar. As a senior manager of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA), Frumkin brings more than 10 years of development experience in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia focused on improving MERLA practices on projects for improved success. 

Webinar 8
How to improve postharvest handling for horticultural crops

11:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 12
Register now for this Postharvest for Horticulture Curriculum webinar 

Additional details, including speaker(s), will be confirmed at a later date.

Webinar 9
How to integrate gender equity strategies in horticulture value chains

11:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 19
Register now for this Gender and Horticulture webinar 

Additional details, including speaker(s), will be confirmed at a later date.


Recordings of completed webinars

Upon completion, we will share highlights from each webinar session back on this webpage, with video recordings, presentation slides, and text summaries for those who were unable to participate in the live events. Please check back later as the Horticulture for Development Professional Series continues and more information becomes available.



For questions related to these webinars or the Horticulture for Development Professionals Series certificate, please contact horticulture@ucdavis.edu