Newsletter: Trellis awards, student opportunities, more

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Hello there! With the school year starting and fiscal year closing, we have entered a busy time of year for our program with many new opportunities, partners to meet, reports to write, and events to attend. Without further ado, here is the latest news from the Horticulture Innovation Lab. Please consider sharing highlights with your colleagues.

TRELLIS PROJECTS AWARDED; STUDENT RECRUITMENT BEGINS The Horticulture Innovation Lab has selected nine new Trellis Fund projects led by organizations in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Cambodia and Nepal.

These six-month projects are each funded with a $2,000 grant, with work scheduled to begin in 2017. A U.S. graduate student with related expertise will be matched to each project, to provide agricultural knowledge and support for local goals.

Graduate students at UC Davis, North Carolina State University, the University of Florida and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are now invited to apply to participate in these new Trellis Fund projects. The deadline for applications is Nov. 4.

Selected students will work directly with their project’s lead organization, including travel for 1-2 weeks of in-country work and 100 hours of remote support. Students will be provided airfare, reimbursement for other travel expenses, and a $300 fellowship upon completion.

Read the whole article about the new Trellis Fund projects and organizations:

Read the whole article about student applications and qualifications:



NEW ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: ERIN MCGUIRE Our management team is thrilled to welcome Erin McGuire to the office later this week as the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s new associate director. As a UC Davis alumna, she has previously worked with Horticulture Innovation Lab partners in many ways, with a focus on monitoring and evaluation:



5 TIPS TO BETTER WORK WITH RESOURCE-POOR FARMERS Mark Bell, of the Horticulture Innovation Lab, shares his “ASK ME” framework for better meeting farmer needs with agricultural extension:


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ZAMORANO CENTER HOSTS HONDURAS PRESIDENT President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras launched a new national agricultural extension program during an event at Zamorano, which included a tour of the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s Regional Center there and interviews with coordinator Ivanna Vejarano:

MITCHAM ELECTED TO ASHS VICE PRESIDENT Director Beth Mitcham has been elected to serve as vice president for the International Division of the American Society for Horticultural Science beginning in 2017 for a two-year term. She is currently serving as its vice president-elect:

BELL IN ARTICLE ON USAID PARTNERING WITH SILICON VALLEYMark Bell was quoted in a news article on Devex about the importance of keeping farmer needs and context in mind when developing new technology solutions for food security challenges:



EVENTS LAUNCH IRRIGATION PROJECT IN GUATEMALA Meagan Terry reports from Guatemala on the official launch event and multiple trainings for the new ‘MásRiego’ project team, with partners from the Centro de Paz Bárbara Ford, Kansas State University, and USAID/Guatemala:

TRAINING POSTHARVEST PARTNERS IN TANZANIA Michael Reid and Angelos Deltsidis of the Horticulture Innovation Lab led a training on postharvest handling of horticultural crops with partners from the World Vegetable Center, HORTI Tengeru, and the UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center:



STUDENT EVENT: IMPACT ABROAD PANEL AT UC DAVIS Sept. 27 will be the “Impact Abroad” student panel for UC Davis students to learn about three campus programs that offer opportunities for research and travel abroad, including the Trellis Fund:

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS ON GLOBAL FOOD RESEARCH Oct. 1 is the deadline to submit abstracts for a special issue focused on global food systems, nutrition, and food security of the peer-reviewed California Agriculture journal:

JOB: PURDUE UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL AG PROGRAMS Apply before Oct. 3 for full consideration for the position of Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Purdue University’s College of Agriculture:

UC DAVIS EVENT: TOUR HORTICULTURE INNOVATION LAB DEMONSTRATIONS On Oct. 11, the Horticulture Innovation Lab is hosting tours of its UC Davis demonstration center as part of a week of World Food Day events:

EVENT: NUTRITION SECURITY PANEL AT BORLAUG DIALOGUE Oct. 12 is the “Availability of a Healthy Global Diet” panel that will include Beth Mitcham as a speaker, presented by the UC Davis World Food Center at the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. The event will be live-streamed online, details:

EVENT: INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON POVERTY, HIDDEN HUNGER, HORTICULTURE This event will take place Nov. 20-25 in Cairns, Australia, as part of the International Symposia on Tropical and Temperate Horticulture. Angelos Deltsidis is among the speakers:



USAID HORTICULTURE PROGRAMMING Select presentations are available from a two-day meeting focused on USAID’s horticultural research and development activities:

FEED THE FUTURE WEEK AND #ENDHUNGER Last week was “Feed the Future week,” which the Horticulture Innovation Lab participated in via events in Washington, D.C., and the #EndHunger social media campaign:


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