The Importance of Horticulture Research and Development to the Feed the Future Initiative
How can horticulture help improve the health of women and children in the developing world? More than two billion people in developing countries – the vast majority of whom are women and children – suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. Horticultural crops can play a vital role in solving this global micronutrient crisis and in return increases incomes and job opportunities, particularly for women.
Horticulture plays a key role in the Feed the Future Initiative with investments that seek to:
- Realize the opportunities of horticultural development
- Improve food security
- Improve nutrition and human health
- Provide opportunities for diversification of income
- Advance economic and social conditions of the rural poor, particularly women
This seminar emphasized the tremendous importance of horticulture to the U.S. Federal Government’s Feed the Future Initiative with an in-depth focus on gender, nutrition, and income generation. The seminar leaders discussed how to better link horticultural projects focused on research with those focused on implementation.
Feed the Future Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis
Feed the Future IPM Innovation Lab at Virginia Tech