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Information on horticulture

Fruit and vegetable production is promoted by many IFAD-supported projects.   These crops (and other horticultural enterprises such as spices and flowers) allow farmers with limited land to intensify production and generate a significant volume of food and/or income.  

In a recent lecture, Dyno Keatinge, the Director General of AVRDC (the World Vegetable Center)

described how horticulture is the key ingredient in nourishing families, empowering women and commercialising smallholders.  This paper can be downloaded from:

There is much useful and information on the AVRDC website ( - especially the practical "how to guides".

Another good source of information is the Global Horticulture Knowledge Bank from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis:

The Global Horticulture Initiative is a consortium of national and international institutions that collaborate in research, training, and technology-generation:

Plantwise, an initiative of CABI, is a knowledge base of information on pests and diseases (for field crops as well as horticulture):

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Hi Edward, I would like to develop collaboration with AVRDC in the Pacific on local food crops. I have some contacts there to follow up. However, I wonder if you, or others in the IFADAsia network have had direct experience with IFAD loans or grants where AVRDC is a direct partner? And if so, what has been the best part of the collaboration?

Posted on 10/2/13 11:53 AM.

Chase - I have not myself had any experience of AVRDC working on IFAD projects, but a search of the main IFAD website shows that AVRDC has implemented at least one IFAD grant project in Vietnam (approved in 2006). I think it would be a great idea if IFAD projects could find ways of using the knowledge of expertise of AVRDC.

Posted on 10/2/13 2:48 PM in reply to Chase Palmeri.

Hi guys, we are working with AVRDC through the SATNET Asia project. They are CAPSA's key partner in implementing SATNET's knowledge transfer component for Southeast Asia. For example, through the project they have recently done training on post harvest technologies and marketing systems, and sustainable vegetable production in Myanmar, and there are many other activities to be implemented. While administration processes including partnership agreements are for sure different to IFAD since this is a EU-funded project, please do get in touch if you need more info on the CAPSA-AVRDC partnership.

Posted on 11/6/13 5:25 AM.

Hi Martina, Thanks for this info. could you post a news article here for IFAD partners to know more about the project, or maybe put something in the resource library. Also, it would be good if you go to your profile page here to update and let others know where you are now and what you are doing.

Posted on 11/6/13 8:40 PM in reply to Martina Spisiakova.

Done! Thanks Chase

Posted on 11/11/13 4:30 AM in reply to Chase Palmeri.


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