News: All things fruit, vege, nuts, berries and flowers, August 2014

African eggplant

African eggplant

This week the Crawford Fund is assisting the “Olympics of Horticulture” – the International Horticulture Congress. The Fund has supported a range of developing country delegates to be included in post-harvest and production training and is assisting with raising the public profile of the event through media outreach.

Over 3000 delegates from more than 100 countries are attending the International Horticulture Congress (IHC2014) – the world premier horticulture event – in Brisbane from 17-22 August at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention
Centre.

The first news they’ll hear is that Australian, Professor Rod Drew from Griffith University has been elected as the
new President of the International Society for Horticultural Science – the first time an Australian has been elected to this prestigious position in the horticulture world.

Prof Drew noted that IHC2014 includes the world’s leading experts in horticulture science to highlight issues related to the unique potential of horticulture in the world. “We’re focusing on horticulture’s impact on sustaining lives, livelihoods and landscapes,” he said.

Amaranth

Amaranth

“Horticulture has always been fundamentally important to the world but as the world’s population increases it becomes increasingly important. So it’s really this feeding the world that is my passion for horticulture – feeding the hungry and malnourished.

“WHO estimates that more than a billion people go to bed hungry each night – I know the difference that
horticulture could make for them and want to see that happen.”

The Fund’s training support included delegates in training around the Congress, many of whom are researchers involved in ACIAR projects or who have completed the Crawford Fund Master Class in Communications.

International plenary speakers include:

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    Ivy gourd

    Ivy gourd

  • Em Prof Marc Van Montagu, World Food Prize Laureate (2013) and co-discoverer of the transformation technology used worldwide to produce genetically engineered plants.
  • Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General of the leading food think-tank, International Food Policy Research Institute, who received the 2014 World Food Programme’s Hunger Hero Award.
  • Dr Dyno Keatinge, Director General of the World Vegetable Centre.

In addition to presentations on particular fruits, vegetables, nuts and berries, more general issues include:

  • Human health effects of fruits, vegetables, nuts and berries
  • The future of indigenous vegetables and their role in the battle against malnutrition and disease
  • Traditional and modern knowledge of medicinal and aromatic plants
  • Plant breeding, molecular biology, functional & biofortified food and GMO in horticulture
  • Mechanisation, precision horticulture and robotics
  • Innovative plant protection and advances in postharvest S&T for horticulture

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Urban farms key to hunger
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Urban farms key to hunger
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Bayer CropScience auf dem International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane, Australien
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