Inclusive Agricultural Growth

Growth in the agriculture sector has been shown in some areas to be more effective than growth in other sectors at lifting men and women out of poverty — increasing food availability, generating income from production, creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities throughout value chains, and spurring growth in rural and urban economies. Fruit and vegetable production and markets have a big impact, as these crops generate high economic returns per unit of land. Farmers who grow high-value horticulture crops consistently earn more than those who grow other commodities, allowing smallholder farmers to derive additional income and driving agricultural and economic diversification. Innovation in horticulture crops, including postharvest entrepreneurial opportunities, offer increased production, value-added income, and long-term investment opportunities.

Project

Empowering women through horticulture in Honduras

Led by Janelle Larson,

In the Western Highlands of Honduras, families struggle to survive on subsistence agriculture. Poverty and malnutrition rates are high, and take a particularly heavy toll on women and children.

Honduras

Scaling up seed-drying technology in Bangladesh

Led by Johan Van Asbrouck,

Providing smallholder farmers access to high-quality seeds of improved varieties of horticultural crops is fundamental to increasing productivity and incomes.

Bangladesh

Building postharvest capacity in Tanzania

Led by Eleni Pliakoni,

Postharvest losses of fresh horticultural crops are a major challenge in Tanzania, with studies from Sokoine University of Agriculture estimating losses of fresh produce at 44-60 percent.

Tanzania

Managing nematodes and soil health in Guatemala

Led by Brent Sipes,
This research team works with smallholder potato farmers in the Western Highlands of Guatemala on integrated technologies for nematode and soil health management, so potato farmers can achieve sustainable yields.
Guatemala

Improving practices for dried apricots in Tajikistan

Led by Ariana Torres,

Apricots have the potential to be a high-value crop for smallholder farmers in Tajikistan as the climate, soil, and water in many parts of the country are favorable for apricot production.

Tajikistan

Assessing feasibility of pest-exclusion nets in Kenya

Led by William "Vance" Baird,

Research results show that using AgroNets (also known as Eco-Friendly Nets) in vegetable production leads to increased yields of marketable produce, while simultaneously reducing or eliminating the

Kenya

Implementing drying beads for seeds in Asia and Africa

Led by Kent Bradford,

Improving the ability of smallholder farmers to access high-quality seeds of improved varieties of horticultural crops is fundamental to increasing farmer productivity and incomes.

Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda

Demonstrating nets and floating row covers in Kenya and Benin

Led by William "Vance" Baird,

Rapid urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa has resulted in an increase in demand for food, and fruit and vegetable consumption in the region remains 22-82% below the intake value threshold of 400 g/d

Kenya, Benin

Improving tomato production through local GAPs in Nigeria

Led by Sally Miller,

This project enhances regional and international trade in Nigerian tomatoes by developing a science-based good agricultural practices (GAPs) curriculum and training programs to improve production,

Nigeria

Developing a postharvest alternative to fungicide in Sri Lanka

Led by Robert Paull,

This project brings together two parallel research programs for collaboration — one in Sri Lanka using natural coating and herbal extracts and another in Hawaii to use natural epiphytic microorgani

Sri Lanka

Developing a concentrated solar dryer in Tanzania

Led by Diane Barrett,

Women carry out most production of horticultural crops in Tanzania and other developing countries. Harvest periods are short but less than 1% of the crop is processed for off-season consumption.

Tanzania