I International Symposium on Poverty, Hidden Hunger and Horticulture & VI International Symposium on Improving the Performance of Supply Chains in the Transitional Economies

The importance of nutrition is still under-valued in the debate about ending hidden hunger/micro-nutrient deficiencies and poverty. This goes hand in hand with a marginalization of those crops that may have the most significant impact on the reduction of micronutrient deficiencies and obesity – fresh fruit and vegetables. Fresh fruit and vegetables not only have the potential to improve micronutrient uptake of individuals, especially in low-income countries, but also to promote socio-economic development at an individual level, at the community level and even at a national level. The production of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, aromatic and medicinal crops, herbs and spices provide market opportunities and employment, especially for women and contribute to the protection and enrichment of biodiversity. With regard to both the direct and indirect benefits of the production, processing, marketing and consumption, horticulture contributes to the achievement of several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), leading to the concept of ’Horticulture for Sustainable Development – H4SD‘. Despite these benefits, there are many constraints that prevent different actors from fully exploiting the potential of horticulture along the value chain. Smallholder producers in low-income countries face enumerable problems in their efforts to transact with the modern retail chains, food processors and manufacturers, and institutional buyers. Problems abound at every stage of the chain including production, harvesting, post-harvest handling, distribution and logistics and quality management. As consumers, especially those in Europe and North America, become more concerned about the safety of the foods that they consume and the manner in which this food has been produced, triple bottom line reporting now demands agribusiness enterprises to demonstrate more responsibility for the environment and social equity.

The potential benefits as well as the factors limiting the development of more sustainable horticultural enterprises in the low-income countries will be discussed. Papers will present evidence-based research results that demonstrate the potential of horticulture to contribute to sustainable development as well as to find solutions to overcome the various constraints. We shall welcome papers that discuss any one or more of the following themes:


  1. The impact of horticulture on the fight against poverty and hidden hunger in low-income countries through enabling micro-nutrient rich diets, generating employment and income as well as market opportunities
  2. The impact of horticulture on empowering disadvantaged groups in low-income countries, e.g., women, youth, indigenous people as well as the impact of horticulture on special challenges, e.g., urban agriculture, disaster relief and sustainable production and consumption patterns
  3. How to overcome economic constraints that prevent different actors from fully exploiting the potential of horticultural production, marketing, processing and consumption. Relevant issues include market information systems, supply chain management, export market development, competitive advantage, transport and logistics, packaging and branding, finance and infrastructure
  4. How to overcome social constraints that prevent different actors from fully exploiting the potential of horticultural production, marketing, processing and consumption. Relevant issues include power/dependence, trust and social capital, consumer sovereignty.
  5. How to overcome ecological constraints that prevent different actors from fully exploiting the potential of horticultural production, marketing, processing and consumption. Relevant issues include good agricultural practice and environmental stewardship.
  6. How to overcome institutional constraints that prevent different actors from fully exploiting the potential of horticultural production, marketing, processing and consumption. Relevant issues include quality management systems, food safety and integrity, grower cooperatives and alliances, post-harvest systems.


Detlef pictureDr. Detlef Virchow

is the Executive Secretary of GlobalHort – The Global Horticulture Initiative and also serves as senior researcher and as the project coordinator for the “Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation – PARI” at the Center for Development Research – ZEF from the University of Bonn in Germany.

He holds a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Kiel and a Master’s degree in international agricultural development from the Technical University in Berlin. Read more…

Image of Prof. Linus OparaProfessor Linus Opara

is a Distinguished Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, where holds the DST-NRF South African Research Chair in Postharvest Technology.

He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, Honorary Vice President of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Horticultural Science. Read more…

Image of Dr Peter J BattDr Peter Batt

for almost 30 years, was Professor of Food and Agribusiness Marketing at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

Today he is the Principal of Peter J Batt and Associates, an international agribusiness marketing and rural development consulting practice that links smallholder farmers in Asia and Africa to high value markets. Read more…

Dr Hannah Jaenicke


Dr. Hannah Jaenicke is the coordinator of the German Horticultre Competence Centre and acting Executive Secretary of GlobalHort. She was the Director of the Internactional Centre for Underutilised Crops (ICUC) 2005-2010. She has a doctorate in plant physiology and followed a career in international development with over 20 years’ experience in Africa and Asia, focussing on plant propagation, genetic resources, agrobiodiversity and nutrition. She was the Chair of the ISHS Commission for Plant Genetic Resources 2010-2014 and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Section Tropical and Subtropical Fruits. She is also a member of the Board of the Tropical Fruits Network (TFnet).



Peter J Batt [email protected] SC/M/RD Australia
Jo Cadilhon [email protected]; SC/M France
Eugenia Czernyszewicz ; SC/M Poland
Bambang Irianto [email protected]; PH Indonesia
Ernita Obeth [email protected]; SC/M Indonesia
Le Nhu Bich ;

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Viet Nam


Marcus Mergenthaler ; SC Germany
Sunil Sharma [email protected]; HE India
J.W.H. van der Waal [email protected]; HE Netherlands
Elda Esguerra [email protected]; PH Philippines
Fredrik Fernqvist [email protected]; SC Sweden
Tomy Perdana [email protected]; SC Indonesia
Setyadjit Setyadjit [email protected]; PH Indonesia
Ruzica Loncaric. ; HE Hungary
Saad Shama ; HE Egypt
Kooten, Olaf van [email protected]; FS Netherlands
Ray Collins [email protected]; SC/M/RD Australia
Sherrie Wei [email protected]; SC Taiwan
Gerard McEvilly [email protected]; H Australia
Heleen Kruger [email protected]; RD Australia
Wolfgang Stauss ; SC Germany
Claudia Dussi [email protected]; HE Argentina
Eike Kaim [email protected]; HE Germany
Sara Spendrup [email protected]; SC/M Sweden
Michael Lyne [email protected]; SC/RD New Zealand
Collet Lutz ; H Switzerland
Dyno Keatinge [email protected] H, FS, PH, RD UK
Marco Wopereis [email protected] H, FS, PH, RD Taiwan
Victor M. Jimenez [email protected] H, FS, PH, RD Costa Rica
Willis Oluoch-Kosura [email protected] FS, M, RD, SC Kenya
Victor Olusegun Okoruwa [email protected] FS, M, RD, SC Nigeria
Hannah Jaenicke [email protected] H, FS, PH, RD Germany
Detlef Virchow [email protected] HE, FS, RD, SC Germany

H – Horticulture

HE – Hort Economics

FS – Food Security

M – Marketing

PH – Post Harvest

RD – Rural development

SC – Supply Chain


1 Tapping the green market – constraints and opportunities for AgroForestry Tree Products (AFTP) and Neglected and Underutilized Species NUS) promotion Prof. Dr. Ir. Patrick Van Damme
2 How can value chains of cherimoya (Annona cherimola Mill.) promote local development whilst conserving the rich biodiversity in its centre of diversity ? Prof. Dr. Ir. Patrick Van Damme
3 Improving baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) and tamarind (Tamarindicus indica L.) value chains for greater income stability in (West) African rural communities Prof. Dr. Ir. Patrick Van Damme
4 `Go to Market´ – through the supply chain diagnostic and training need assessment tool kit Dr. Muhammad Mazhar
5 Who Gets Supply Contracts and How Do They Impact Suppliers? The Case of Small Chickpea Growers in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region Assoc. Prof. Michael Lyne
6 A comparative study of horticultural postharvest loss in three South Pacific Island countries: Samoa, Fiji and Tonga Prof. Steven Underhill
7 A qualitative study of smallholder farmer postharvest handling practices in Fiji Mr. Salesh Kumar
8 Review on Vegetable Farming for Income Generation in Nepal Dr. Astha Tuladhar
9 Determinants and Constraints of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Uzbekistan Mr. Alisher Ergashev
10 Ex-post Coping Strategies to Production and Marketing Shocks Among African Leafy Vegetable Farmers in Kenya Mr. Evans Ngenoh
11 African indigenous vegetables’ value chains: smallholders’ experience to changing climate and their response strategies Dr. Silke Stoeber
12 Improving Producer Incomes and Nutrition security in Ghana Francisca Ansah
13 Value chain for tropical wet forests: A sustainable model based on camu camu and asai Dr. Maria Soledad Hernandez
14 Conservation of Biological and Nutritional Diversity by Identification and Characterization of Neglected and Underutilized Species in Northeastern Cambodia Dr. Abram Bicksler
15 Environmental management in the vegetable sector of Mexico Dr. Luz Evelia Padilla Bernal
16 Market opportunities for fresh-cut convienent products in Ghana Francisca Ansah
17 Effectiveness of a seed company`s regular agricultural extension with and without integration of nutrition messages in enhancing women´s knowledge, attitudes and practices related to nutrition, agriculture, market and gender Ray-Yu Yang
18 Gender and Sustainable Intensification in Vegetable Production: Which Way to Go? Dr. Andreas Gramzow
19 Agronomic and economic performance of participatory evaluated elite vegetable cultivars within intensified farming systems in selected locale of Tanzania Dr. Victor Afari-Sefa
20 Contribution of vegetables to household diets along the urban-rural continuum in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Dr. Takemore Chagomoka
21 Reducing Postharvest Losses using Modified Atmosphere Packaging Bags on African Nightshade (Solanum scabrum Mill.) Leaves Mr. Elisha Gogo
22 Sustainable Smallholder Farming Clusters in the Philippines John Oakeshott
23 Participatory evaluation of vegetables to enhance household nutrition in forest garden areas in Ethiopia Dr. Simone Kathrin Kriesemer
24 Assessment of Irrigation Systems for Dry Season Vegetable Production in sub Saharan Africa Dr. David O. Ojo
25 Understanding and integrating technology: A Case Study of the Fiji Sugar Industry Mr. Satend Nandan
26 Introducing New Open Pollinated Tomato Varieties in Solomon Islands and Fiji for Improved Livelihoods and Nutrition Dr. Ellen Iramu
27 Best Practice Hubs: a scaling approach to transfer knowledge and link youth in Tanzania to peri-urban high value vegetable markets Ms. Yi-Chin Wu
28 The contribution of vegetable value chains to the Guatemalan economy Dr. Jochen Dürr
29 Gender challenges in horticultural research in Ethiopia and Madagascar Dr. Sarah Nischalke
30 Quality Engineering Dynamics in Fresh Tomato Supply Chains Dr. Tomy Perdana
31 Durian Supply Chain Chacarcteristic in Indonesia Dr. Tomy Perdana
32 Pathways to improve nutrition security through horticultural crops in coffee based farming system: the case of `Yaya´ biosphere reserve area of Ethiopia Dr. Akalu Teshome
33 New chimney dryer design results in accelerated drying due to higher air speeds Dr. Angelos Deltsidis
34 Connecting Smallholder Farmers to High Value Vegetable Markets: A Rapid Value Chain Analysis Ms. Yi-Chin Wu
1 Postharvest UV-C Treatment Improves Health Promoting Plant Compounds and Prolongs Shelf-life of Vegetable Amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus L.) Mr. Elisha Gogo
2 The Effect of Packaging Materials on Quality Changes in Tomato and Paprika during Modified Atmosphere Storage Prof. Gun-Hee Kim
3 Postharvest Application of UV-B Improve Quality of African Nightshade Plants Mr. Elisha Gogo
4 Innovative floating garden design to support food security in rural Bangladesh Dr. Angelos Deltsidis




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