Horticulture Innovation Lab
  • The Promise of Horticulture

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    The Horticulture Innovation Lab's global research network advances fruit and vegetable innovations, empowering smallholder farmers to earn more income while better nourishing their communities. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by a team at the University of California, Davis, as part of the U.S. government's Feed the Future initiative.

    Each project brings together researchers from U.S. universities with scientists in developing countries, often with private partners, government representatives and other organizations. The network's research spans the horticultural value chain, including aspects of seed, soil, irrigation, sustainable production, pest management, postharvest practices, food safety, nutrition, gender considerations and agricultural extension.

    Videos on our channel include field stories from our research partners in Africa, Asia and Central America, updates from research projects, and how-to videos related to horticultural technologies.

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  • 2-minute Videos - 2018 Annual Meeting Play all

    At the Horticulture Innovation Lab's 2018 annual meeting, each research team presented a 2-minute video as a window into their international horticulture project. See more from the annual meeting here: https://horticulture.ucdavis.edu/event/2018-annual-meeting
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  • Chimney Solar Dryer video series Play all

    How to build and use the chimney solar dryer is the focus of this brief, three-part video series. The first video walks users through basic directions of how to build a chimney solar dryer, which is a low-cost efficient design created by UC Davis researchers for the Horticulture Innovation Lab. The second video points out tips and troubleshooting solutions for common errors in building a chimney solar dryer that works correctly. The third video shows how to dry fresh produce in the chimney solar dryer. A how-to manual with more details is available at https://horticulture.ucdavis.edu/chimney-solar-dryer
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  • DryCard videos Play all

    UC Davis researchers developed the DryCard(TM) as an inexpensive device to help farmers and food sellers know if dried food is dry enough to prevent mold growth -- thus reducing food losses and unsafe food -- during food storage. More info at http://drycard.ucdavis.edu/
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  • Trellis Fund videos Play all

    Graduate students with knowledge in agriculture are matched to organizations in developing countries, for our Trellis Fund projects. These videos introduce the Trellis Fund to potential applicants. By working together on these small grant projects, both the student and the in-country institution benefit while solving problems for local farmers who grow fruits or vegetables.
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  • Lightning Talks 2016 Annual Meeting Play all

    The Horticulture Innovation Lab invited scientists and development practitioners to give 5-minute lightning talks on highlights of their horticultural research and development activities with smallholder farmers in developing countries. Here are audio slideshows of those talks, with information about vegetable grafting, horticultural technologies, agricultural projects, irrigation innovations, ways horticulture can alleviate poverty, African indigenous vegetables, and more.

    More information and the other presentations at http://horticulture.ucdavis.edu/2016/
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  • Videos created by project partners Play all

    Great, informative videos explore the work of the Horticulture Innovation Lab and its partners (not produced by our office).
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  • Horticulture Innovation Lab speaks out Play all

    Elizabeth Mitcham, UC Davis director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab, speaking in interviews and at conferences on horticulture in developing countries and reducing post-harvest losses of fruits and vegetables.
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  • Project videos Play all

    Video introductions to some of the Horticulture Innovation Lab's early projects, which we called "Immediate Impact Projects." These projects focused on shovel-ready ideas to help improve support for smallholders farmers in developing countries.
    • Cold Storage - Duration: 2 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      Temperature management is key to reducing post-harvest losses of fresh produce, for farmers and markets. For smallholder farmers in developing countries, cool rooms and transportation systems with ...
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    • African Leafy Vegetables - Duration: 92 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      Enhancing the production and consumption of African indigenous vegetables is the focus of this Horticulture CRSP (now called "Horticulture Innovation Lab") project in Eastern Africa. The project sp...
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    • Seed Storage - Duration: 102 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      High quality seeds of improved varieties are essential to enhance the production of annual horticultural crops. In tropical climates, high temperatures and humidities combine to cause rapid deterio...
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    • Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potatoes in Ghana - Duration: 113 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children and increases the risk of disease and death from severe infections. In Ghana, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are one wa...
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    • Seeds of Hope - Duration: 92 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      This Horticulture CRSP project evaluates breeding lines of tomatoes and peppers resistant to whitefly-transmitted begomoviruses (tomato) and anthracnose (pepper) through on-farm field trials in col...
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    • Beneficial Microbes and Essential Oils Prevent Postharvest Decay - Duration: 93 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      University of Hawaii Professor Robert Paull and his team of international scientists develop safe and effective alternatives to postharvest pesticides.
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    • Seed Saving Networks in Southeast Asia - Duration: 2 minutes, 2 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      Informal seed systems provide access to locally-adapted indigenous crops and constitute an essential component of sustainable production for resource-poor farmers. Current efforts to identify, cons...
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    • Farmer-Led Research - Duration: 99 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      This project facilitates the organization and strengthening of small holder farmer groups in the Nkokonjeru region of Uganda by providing technical training in fruit and vegetable management and im...
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    • Ornamental Storage and Export - Duration: 2 minutes, 4 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      This Horticulture CRSP project supports the ornamental flower business in Honduras as a means to drive the development of a local high-value industry, increase trade, and develop policy, training a...
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    • Specialty Crops Increase Incomes in Ghana - Duration: 104 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      James Simon, of Rutgers University, and an international team of scientists and development practitioners build Ghanaian farmers' capacity to grow high-quality indigenous products and sell them on ...
    • Concentrated Solar Dryers - Duration: 2 minutes, 18 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      This project designs and tests a batch concentrated solar power (CSP) dryer for mangoes and tomatoes in simulated cloudy environments. CSP will be evaluated in terms of drying efficiency, cost and ...
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    • Improving Nigeria's Extension System - Duration: 96 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      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, ...
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