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: http://www.taa.org.uk/assets/pubs/8th%20hugh%20bunting%20memorial%20lecture.pdf
There is much useful and information on the AVRDC website (http://avrdc.org) - 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: http://hortkb.weebly.com/
The Global Horticulture Initiative is a consortium of national and international institutions that collaborate in research, training, and technology-generation: http://www.globalhort.org/
Plantwise, an initiative of CABI, is a knowledge base of information on pests and diseases (for field crops as well as horticulture): http://www.plantwise.org/