The first “International Symposium on Superfruits: Myth or Truth?” was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 1-3 July 2013, organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam (MARD).   The Symposium aimedContinue Reading

Participants of the International Symposium on Superfruits: Myth or Truth went on a field trip to the Mekong Delta on 3 July 2013, a day after the Symposium.   In the morning, the participants visited the Southern Horticultural Research Institute (SOFRI) at Tiengiang, Vietnam. Institute Director Dr. Nguyen Minh ChauContinue Reading

The International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) further expanded its linkages with like-minded organizations by participating in a workshop South-South Technical Cooperation for Sustainable Rural Development on 20-21 May 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia, organized by the Center on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP).   The workshop aimedContinue Reading

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: The International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) organized a joint meeting with the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) and various local stakeholders on 18 March 2013 at the TFNet head office.     The meeting facilitated the exchange of ideas on issues facing the tropicalContinue Reading

Author:  Babasola Ayodele Adelaja, Director (Fruits and Spices), National Horticultural Research Institute, Idi-Ishin, Ibadan, Nigeria   It has been difficult to find an appropriate classification for the Baobab (Adansonia digitata – Bombacaceae) tree, considering its usefulness to man, livestock and the environment.  Call it a multipurpose tree and that willContinue Reading

China’s import of durian increased by 20.41% from 2009 to 2010, with a value of US$149.55 million. Malaysia succeeded in exporting approximately 200 metric tons of frozen durian to China, valued about 5 million USD. More details can be read here.   Here is Malaysia’s step-by-step process in preparing frozen durian pulpContinue Reading

After two years of negotiation and compliances to the Quarantine requirements stipulated by The Chinese Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), Malaysia gained market access for its frozen durian on 11 May 2011. This came into effect following the visit of Premier Wen Jiabao of the People’s RepublicContinue Reading

Participants of the 5th International Symposium for the Development of Integrated Pest Management for Sustainable Agriculture in Asia and Africa went on a field trip to Sabah Agriculture Park on 20th December 2012. This park is set against a background of truly natural landscape with lush greenery of the Crocker Range, theContinue Reading

The 5th International Symposium for the Development of Integrated Pest Management for Sustainable Agriculture in Asia and Africa (5th IPM Symposium) was held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia on 18-20 December 2012, bearing the theme “IPM: New Frontier Towards Sustainable Agro Ecosystem.”   The symposium was jointly organised by the MalaysianContinue Reading