Valuable specialty crops including fruits, nuts, and vegetables are key to both the economic progress of developing countries and the nutrition of local populations. However, specialty crops are also knowledge-intensive. The preservation of traditional knowledge in developing countries is vital, but farmers also need access to cutting-edge research and technology from the developed world. The newly created Global Horticulture Knowledge Bank is collaborating with extension and development workers in low-income nations to transfer relevant research and technology to farmers.
With support from the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, Food Tank will be highlighting projects that marshal increased awareness and research on democratizing innovation and true cost accounting. The Global Alliance is a unique coalition of foundations committed to cultivating healthy, equitable, renewable, resilient, and culturally diverse food and agriculture systems shaped by people, communities, and their institutions. The Global Alliance and Food Tank would like to thank Global Alliance members McKnight Foundation and GRACE Communications Foundations for their particular support for this effort.