Onion is perceived to be a “man’s crop” in the study region with only 22 percent of onion producers being women. Women mentioned difficulties in acquiring land and storage facilities as the main constraints to successful onion production. Women’s average onion productivity at (7.9 t/ha) was found to be lower than the national average of 10 t/ha and is also lower than that of men at 11 t/ha. The low onion productivity of women is a result of social and economic constraints such as lack of funds to ensure timely field operations and lack of time to supervise work in their fields.
After reviewing the main causes and effects of land degradation and erosion in the uplands of mainland Southeast Asia, this chapter presents several case studies of recent land-use changes governed by economic, political and institutional transitions, the expansion of teak and rubber tree plantations in northern Laos and southwest China, respectively, and of monocropping coffee in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.
Increasing atmospheric temperatures will be detrimental for growth functions of various crop plants, especially mungbean, as demand for this legume is increasing in spring and summer in major growing regions in the northern parts of India.
This study quantifies the impact and cost-effectiveness of training poor rural women in Bangladesh in home gardening and nutrition. We find that the intervention significantly (p < 0.01) increased vegetable production (+16.5 g/person/day), vegetable consumption and the micronutrient supply from the garden.
Nutrient‐dense traditional African vegetables provide an excellent means to complement cereal staples for better nutrition, in particular for women and children, as well
as for income generation. This study characterized the production of traditional African vegetables in Burkina Faso.
Omar Diouf is the new Project Manager for the Mali Horticulture Scaling Project. Dr. Diouf, a Senegalese national, holds a PhD degree in plant physiology and agrotechnology from the University of Brussels, Belgium. Most recently he was Regional Operations Manager of the Millennium Promise/Millennium Development Goals Center for West and Central Africa located in Senegal, where he ensured projects received the scientific and technological support and guidance needed to achieve the MDGs at the community level.
The World Vegetable Center, in collaboration with the Tropical Vegetable Research Center at Kasetsart University, will provide 250 seed kits and books to local farmers in remembrance of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The kits will contribute towards his majesty's "New Theory in Agriculture" by providing high-quality vegetable seeds to create self-reliant farmers. Each kit contains 9 species of 7 different colors (with 7 unique nutrient profiles) to produce a beautiful, health-promoting garden, as well as a book on how to save the seed of each species.
During the official opening of the new addition to the World Vegetable Center South Asia building in Hyderabad, India on 18 October 2016, the Director General addressed the Center's regional role in vegetable productivity, new technology to benefit small-scale producers, and the need to overcome malnutrition, especially among women and children.
Dr. David W. Johnson from the United States of America is the Center’s new Deputy Director General - Research. Dr. Mamadou Kabirou Ndiaye, a Malian national, is the Center’s new Regional Director for West and Central Africa.
The World Vegetable Center Genebank maintains a large collection of public domain germplasm for the current and future use of all humankind. We distribute seed samples of our germplasm accessions and advanced breeding lines worldwide. Genebank holdings as of 1 December 2016: