Current

The Horticulture Innovation Lab's current 5-year phase of projects takes place between Oct. 1, 2014 and will be completed by or before July 31, 2019.

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

Reducing postharvest losses in Rwanda

Led by Gurbinder S. Gill,

In 2014, the Rwandan National Horticulture Strategy estimates that 1 million rural households in Rwanda grow horticultural commodities, "principally for home use and sale.

Rwanda

Investigating integrated vegetable-livestock systems in Cambodia

Led by Jessie Vipham,
The goal of this project is to understand how integrated animal-horticulture systems are most feasible for smallholders by rigorously addressing — through interdisciplinary research — the potential of these systems with regard to sustainable production capacity, income generation, and gender dimensions.
Cambodia

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

Establishing a horticulture center in Guinea

This project's goal is to introduce novel technologies that will improve production practices and reduce postharvest losses in Guinea. These technologies will be delivered through a market-driven and youth-led Horticulture Training and Services Center in Kindia, Guinea.
Guinea

Building safe vegetable value chains in Cambodia

Led by Karen LeGrand,

This international project team is focusing efforts on linking small-landholder farmers to other value chain actors, to connect farmer production with market demand.

Cambodia

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