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The Global Horticulture Initiative

The Global Horticulture Initiative is a worldwide program intended to foster more efficient and effective partnerships

and collective action among the stakeholders. To be efficient,

it is organized in a consortium, a group of a limited number of national and international institutions formally organized to collaborate in research, training, and technology-generating activities designed to meet mutually-agreed-upon objectives. Because the issues at stake transcend national and regional boundaries, the Global Horticulture Initiative is the first chance

to target the global concerns carried by horticulture.

GlobalHort is a not-for-profit organization registered in Belgium

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Horticulture for sustainable development - H4sD

Reflecting on the forthcoming sustainable development goals (SDGs), horticulture can be seen as opportunity and engine for sustainable development, affecting a wide range of important indicators for development (health, wealth, employment, market opportunities, women empowerment and other special challenges) and hence impacting on several of the SDGs.

GlobalHort as organization is championing for horticulture for sustainable development (H4sD) through its work of:

  • advocating greater support for H4sD initiatives worldwide,
  • networking the diverse and dispersed H4sD community of actors,
  • facilitating research that aims at improving smallholder horticulture and H4sD, and
  • strengthening capacity development to foster the implementation of R&D results concerning H4sD.


     Read more about how horticulture contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals in GlobalHort's Policy Brief No 1.

The SDGs is a set of 17 universal goals and 169 targets, that the UN General Assembly agreed on in the UN Sustainable Development Summit September 25.–27., 2015 in New York.


Published as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development September (UN DESA, 2015) the SDGs follow up on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to “strengthen universal peace in larger freedom” by “shift(ing) the world onto a sustainable and resilient path” (UN DESA, 2015).


As a universal policy framework the SDGs will steer action for the next 15 years in multiple areas that are of critical importance, including poverty alleviation, food security, education, gender-equality, sustainable use of resources, equity, resilience, and climate change.


For a complete list of the goals and targets please visit the website of the UN.

GlobalHort Policy Brief No. 1 - Horticulture for sustainable development: How horticulture contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals

As the world population is projected to reach 9 billion by the year 2050 and pressures such as changing weather patterns, increasing water scarcity, loss of soil fertility and productive land are limiting the options to increase food production in an environmentally and socially sustainable way, there are increasing calls for novel approaches to sustainable development. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are one approach to focus global efforts. Thanks to direct and indirect benefits of production, processing, marketing and consumption of horticultural crops, horticulture can make a significant contribution to the achievement of several of the SDGs. These diverse benefits are captured in the concept of ’Horticulture for sustainable development – H4sD’... [more]

GlobalHort Leaflet

GLOBALHORT Leaflet 2014  (PDF)

GlobalHort "Spice of Life" Promotional Video Now Posted on Web

Watch this 6-minute promotional video to learn more about GlobalHort. This video was first shown at the All Africa Horticulture Congress in Nairobi in September, 2009.  


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