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 January 2016:




Delicious vegetable dishes to improve nutrition and health

African eggplant and okra

Rice Ball Bean Soup

Boiled Dumplings

Pas de Deux Salad


2701, 2016

Borlaug Fellowships

New Mexico State University graduate student Derek Barchenger has been selected as the first ever New Mexico State University (NMSU) student to be awarded with a U.S. Borlaug Fellowship and a trip to Taiwan. Barchenger is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Plant and Environmental Sciences at NMSU. He received his bachelor’s of science in horticulture from Oklahoma State University and his master’s of science in horticulture from the University of Arkansas. The Borlaug Fellowship is a prestigious award named after the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Norman Borlaug. The purpose of this fellowship is to provide United States graduate students with the opportunity to study with a researcher at a world agricultural center. Barchenger is among 23 awardees. As a part of the application process, Barchenger was tasked with finding an international mentor to work with. Barchenger found Sanjeet Kumar, pepper breeder at AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center. Barchenger will travel to AVRDC in Taiwan in May to begin his fellowship.

3012, 2015

IRRI welcomes new research chief

Los Baños, Philippines - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has appointed Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes, current AVRDC Deputy Director General - Research, as its eighth deputy director general for research. She will assume her duties on 30 March 2016. Jackie brings to IRRI a combination of agricultural research leadership and management expertise, with a career spanning more than three decades in Asia, Africa, and Europe. At IRRI, she will oversee the institute’s global research agenda in plant breeding, genetics, crop and environmental sciences, and the social sciences.

611, 2015

The Informal Seed Sector: A Behind the Seeds Look

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



Involving stakeholders

Social scientist Marc Schut shared his insight into how multi-stakeholder processes can help achieve agricultural development goals at a recent seminar held at AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center Eastern and Southern Africa in Tanzania.

IVTC: Enhancing skills in the field and classroom

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.

How to graft tomato & eggplant: tube splice

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.