Call for concept notes on horticultural global issues – Feb. 27 deadline

The Global Horticulture Initiative has issued a call for project concept notes on global horticultural issues. This call is open and targets specific themes listed in the Terms of Reference. You will also find the Guidelines for developing a full proposal that will be requested if the concept note is selected. Please share this call with others. The deadline for receiving concept notes is 27th February 2009.

As mentioned in the Terms of Reference, the GlobalHort program of grants seeks highly collaborative projects and strongly encourages partners to get together to submit one proposal per theme. GlobalHort staff members stand ready to help you identify potential partners. The objective is to select the most relevant and impactful projects for funding. GlobalHort will also consider co-funding with other funding bodies where this is appropriate.

The four themes under which concept notes are welcomed are:

  • Theme 1: Nutrition and Human Health. Focus could be on indigenous fruits and vegetables; on local knowledge for preparing, cooking, or otherwise utilizing these crops; and on innovations to improve good practices in production, marketing and consumption by the largest population.
  • Theme 2: Protected Horticulture. Proposals are sought that deal with adaptation to climate change, management of risks and natural resources (soil and water), and achieving product quality standards required for domestic as well as export markets.
  • Theme 3: Fruit Fly Management. An integrated innovation platform is sought to coordinate research, development and training with respect to these most invasive, damaging pests of fruits in the tropics.
  • Theme 4: Linking Farmers to Markets. Proposals could include post-harvest handling and storage of fruits and vegetables. Technical and organizational innovations are expected in the outputs of projects addressing this theme.