The AVRDC 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 31 October 2015:
AGRILINKS WEBINAR: 12 November 2015, 9:30-11 am EDT.
Many smallholder farmers rely on local seed varieties to produce staple food crops. Distributed through informal systems, farmers select varieties based on a number of factors including environmental considerations, socioeconomic factors, access and taste preferences. These systems may contribute to the food security of a region, but farmers may also encounter barriers to accessing good quality seed including quality controls and storage issues.
In this Ag Sector Council webinar, geographer and environmental scientist Karl Zimmerer from the Pennsylvania State University will describe his research in mapping local land races and highlight some of the lessons learned from this body of work. He will also introduce a promising new methodology for gathering a robust census of local seed varieties in a given region. We will also be joined by expert Victor Afari-Sefa of The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC), who will discuss methods for improving the quality of informal sector seeds and introducing and integrating improved varieties into local networks.
To register: http://agrilinks.org/events/informal-seed-sector-behind-seeds-look
For the first time, the Association of International Research and Development Centres (AIRCA) is an implementing partner of this year's Global Landscapes Forum (GLF). AIRCA will host a discussion forum focusing on the topic Climate Smart Agriculture for healthy landscapes and livelihoods. In this session we will present examples of how AIRCA members have developed different aspects of climate smart agriculture (CSA) and how this has contributed to achieving healthy landscapes and improved livelihoods. The session will start with a keynote address explaining the concept of healthy landscapes and the role of CSA in achieving them. This will be followed by a panel discussion on different approaches to CSA and healthy landscapes as implemented by AIRCA members in different continents. AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center is one of the nine founding members of AIRCA.
AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center initiated the Cambodia component of the five-country USAID-funded project “Deploying vegetable seed kits to tackle malnutrition” through a Consultation Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 10-11 August 2015. Representatives from USAID, internationally funded agricultural projects, Cambodian national and provincial agricultural institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector participated in the workshop, providing guidance, perspective and recommendations for implementation.
Module 2 of the 34th International Vegetable Training Course concluded recently at AVRDC East and Southeast Asia in Thailand. Everybody had a good time...and learned a lot in the process! Enjoy this short video of the participants and places by Sorawit Limsiriwat.
Grafting tomato onto hardy tomato or eggplant rootstocks can minimize problems caused by flooding, soil-borne diseases, and root-knot nematode. Watch as staff from AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center demonstrate this simple, effective technique.