Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a nutritious, multi-purpose tropical tree fruit crop with great potential for enhancing the quality of life in many developing countries in the tropics by contributing to better quality of life through improved food and nutrition security, sustainable production systems, climate change resilience, efficient value chains and enhanced livelihoods. Breadfruit has been used as a traditional staple in the Pacific, the centre of domestication, and other regions, mainly the Caribbean and South East Asia for centuries but remains an underutilised and a subsistence crop in most areas where it is grown.
Commercialisation of breadfruit is critical for the realisation of the potential of this crop. Therefore, the Faculty of Food and Agriculture, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, hosted the International Breadfruit Conference in Port of Spain from July 5 to 10, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad with the theme ‘Commercialising Breadfruit for Food and Nutrition Security” with the key objective of bringing together breadfruit stakeholders to share information on the current status of commercial activities, relevant research and development activities that are addressing constraints and creating new opportunities for entrepreneurship, to improve networking and to develop strategies for sustaining the network and support for commercialisation. This website is established to service the needs of the International Breadfruit Network that was launched at the conference with participation from stakeholders from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Pacific and the United States of America.
The agreed strategic goals of this network are:
Improved information sharing among breadfruit producing regions/countries
Scientific and technical exchange among the regions
Improve marketing of breadfruit through greater awareness
Enhance food and nutrition security and livelihood of farmers and rural communities
Promotion of strategies for developing climate change resilience
Therefore, this website will be a collaborative effort with regional and international partners in research, development and education, public sector, private sector, farmers and rural organisation and non-profit agencies. It will serve as a portal for information for all stakeholders. You are invited to check the site often for news, events, resources and links.
Also check us out on Facebook and Twitter at breadfruitnetwork.org. Your contributions are welcome.
If your organisation or institution has an interest in breadfruit, please contact us to find out how you can become a partner in your region or internationally.International Breadfruit Network Team
The portal of the International Breadfruit Network offers the following services.
The International Breadfruit Network will be home to many individuals from around the world who share an interest in the propagation of the breadfruit. The network provides an avenue to make the breadfruit world much smaller.
Upon entry, get a bird's eye view of the activity level of the membership of the network. These metrics show not only the current membership activity but also reflects the contributions that you will make.
As a member of the International Breadfruit Network or other affiliated subnetworks, such as the Caribbean Breadfruit Network you gain access to resources relevant to you region and/or field of interest.
International Breadfruit Conference 2015, Mr I. Welch, Managing Director, PCS Nitrogen Trinidad Limited, presenting sponsors' greetings.
International Breadfruit Conference, Prof. F. Henry, UTECH, Jamaica presenting Opening Address
International Breadfruit Conference 2015 - Dr. I. Bekele, Dean, Faculty of Food and Agriculture (University of the West Indies) presents award to Prof. E. J. Duncan (University of the West Indies)
International Breadfruit Conference 2015 - Dr. D Ragone (Breadfruit Institute) with Dr. L. Roberts-Nkrumah, Conference Convener (University of the West Indies)
International Breadfruit Conference, Dr. L. Fletcher-Paul (FAO) presents award to Ms. V, Tuia (SPC, Fiji)
International Breadfruit Conference 2015, Deputy Principal, UWI St Augustine Campus, Prof R. Reddock presents award to Prof. B. Copeland, Dean, Faculty of Engineering (University of the West Indies)
Breadfruit Festival and Exhbition 2015, UWI - Chef. V. George displays recipe book and dishes
Breadfruit Festival and Exhibition 2015, UWI - Hilton chef prepares attractive breadfruit and breadnut dishes
Breadfruit Festival and Exhibition 2015, UWI - Mrs C. Barzey displays breadfruit liquer produced in Montserrat
Breadfruit Festival and Exhibition 2015, UWI - Visitors enjoy breadfruit snacks
Breadfruit Festival and Exhibition 2015, UWI - Breadfruit flour from Mauritius
Breadfruit Festival and Exhibition 2015, UWI - Visitors admire breadfruit jewellery
Breadfruit propagation at the La Reunion Propagation Station of the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries, Trinidad and Tobago
International Breadfruit Conference 2015 - Prof R. Reddock, Deputy Principal, UWI , St. Augustine, presents award to Dr. F. Appiah, KNUST, Ghana
International Breadfruit Conference 2015, Caribbean Farmers Network team
THe International Breadfruit Network is very interested in accepting new memebers to contribute to the growing wealth of knowledge of the Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis). In order to join the International Breadfruit Network, follow these three easy steps.
Complete the short registration form, including your username (which is your email address) and a password of your choosing. Click "Register".
Please enter your username and password in order to gain access to the secured area.
Once you have correctly entered the username and password that you have chosen to identify yourself you will be given access to the International Breadfruit Network Portal. Welcome! We look forward to your contributions and feedback.
Did you find something interesting on our website? Are you curious about how you can get involved with the International Breadfruit Network? Feel free to reach out to us.