Tropical fruit symposium to be held in Sri Lanka


UPDATE: For more information about the Symposium, click here.


Developing countries, particularly in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, account for about 98 percent of global tropical and subtropical fruit production. In the last decade, international trade of these fruits has expanded dramatically as developing countries recognize the benefits of diversifying products. Initially, tropical and subtropical fruits command premium prices for being exotic. As the market matures, consumers care less about novelty and demand high quality fruits that can provide beneficial effects to health and well-being. Certain high-end consumer groups are also open to new kinds of indulgence, instigating the research and development of “superfruit” products. While the term is still contentious among scientists and nutritionists, it has been proven as an effective marketing strategy.


A  TFNet / FAO / Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development symposium on Superfruits held in Vietnam in 2013, concluded that some tropical and subtropical fruits can be labelled as ‘superfruits’ because they are rich in nutrients, micronutrients, dietary fiber as well as non-nutrient bioactive compounds.


Sustainable production and marketability of superfruits face challenges, including the increasing costs of farm inputs, availability of good quality planting materials, emergence of new and resilient pest and diseases, food safety regulations, postharvest losses and the effects of climate change. In the clinical and marketing aspect, the challenge lies in identifying the bioactive compounds that are present in tropical and subtropical fruits and providing scientific substantiation of the corresponding health benefits.


Cognizant of the market potential and demand of superfruits, the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Sri Lanka, with the support of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific, is organizing a symposium on Sustainable Production and Marketing of Tropical and Subtropical Fruits, with focus on potential superfruits.


The event will conclude with a field trip to fruit farms in Sri Lanka.


The objectives of the symposium are:


  1. Highlight and share experiences on the latest research and development advances in production and postharvest technologies of potential superfruits
  2. Discuss consumer demand, marketing, and trade and provide strategies to promote and market tropical and subtropical fruits as potential superfruits
  3. Deliberate on policies that can enhance research, production, and marketing
Venue: Mount Lavinia Hotel

2 comments so far

  1. Norsham

    why there is no link for the symposium on Sustainable Production and Marketing of Tropical and Subtropical Fruits, with focus on potential superfruits. Where can i search the registration form and detail information about the symposium. TQ

  2. christian

    Hi Norsham. The link for the Symposium just went live today. Here is the link:
    Thank you for your interest.

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