International Breadfruit Network

Welcome to the International Breadfruit Network


The International Breadfruit Network (IBN) is a global community of public and private sector stakeholders who are committed to the development of breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) to realise its potential for contribution to food and nutrition security.

Through research, education and training, outreach and opportunities for networking and information sharing, we promote awareness and encourage utilisation of this highly valuable multi-purpose fruit tree.

We also support entrepreneurial activities along the value chain for sustainable livelihoods and, food and nutrition security, especially in rural communities.

About the International Breadfruit Network

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 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

News and Events

New Factsheets Available
Posted on Wed 24, Oct, 2018 02:08:49

The Department of Food Production, Faculty of Food and Agriculture has released new Factsheets of the Propagation of Breadfruit. Click here to download the zip file to your computer. Also, please feel free to signup for the Caribbean Breadfruit Network and subscribe to the Facebook page...

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Posted on Mon 04, Jan, 2016 11:06:53

From July 5 to 10, 2015, the Faculty of Food and Agriculture, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus hosted the 2015 International Conference "Commercialising Breadfruit for Food and Nutrition Security" in Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago, with the ultimate goal of realising the potential of breadfruit to contribute to food and nutrition security through enterprise and industry development. Over 103 participants came from 24 countries, including almost all Caribbean countri...

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Features of the network portal

The portal of the International Breadfruit Network offers the following services.

Make contacts

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.

Additional analytical components

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.

Access to Resources

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.

Breadfruit Network Activities

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

How can you join the Network?

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.

Step 1

Complete the short registration form, including your username (which is your email address) and a password of your choosing. Click "Register".

Step 2

Please enter your username and password in order to gain access to the secured area.

Step 3

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.

Our partners

In order to achieve success, we work closely with our valued partners .

Our affiliates

Contact us anytime

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.

Faculty of Food and Agriculture (The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus)
St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
P: (868) 662-2002
Ext: 82089, 82090, 82112/3, 83325

Please do not hesitate to communicate with us as we would love to hear from you. You can also reach us via our social media pages.