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Innovation through adversity: tricks of the horticultural trade
- Austin, D.
- Acta horticulturae 2017 no.1174 pp. 69-72
- developed countries, horticulture, horticulturists, industry, trade, Australia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Nepal, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South East Asia, Tanzania, Turkey (country)
- Often underrated, the horticulture industry is one of diverse opportunities and one which accommodates some of the most innovative problem solvers of any industry in operation today. The purpose of this report is to both share some of my experiences with such opportunities and innovation but also spur discussion and creativity within the International Plant Propagators’ Society’s members. The intention is to achieve this by showcasing what can be accomplished in horticultural production in situations where little or no conventional resources are available and to then pose the question of what could be achieved when taking these ideas and innovations and combining them with the means and resources available in developed countries like Australia. The visual content of this report has been collected over the last seven years during a period of international placements focused on production horticulture. A pursuit I would not have started if not for IPPS who in 2009 granted me the opportunity to participate in the Australian region of IPPS’s South African Exchange Program. This exchange allows participants to see first-hand, the contrasts in the nursery industry in South Africa and sparked a continuing pursuit for travel and horticulture research internationally. In subsequent years leading to this presentation I have found opportunities from scholarships to volunteer work to study and work in horticulture in locations including: Tanzania, Nepal, Solomon Islands, South East Asia, Israel, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt. All of these opportunities and more can be accessed with relative ease and I strongly encourage any inclined horticulturalist to look into such opportunities as they are largely underutilised.