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New home for WorldVeg Mali

On Friday, 2 March 2018, WorldVeg officially opened its new building for West and Central Africa - Dry Regions in Bamako, Mali. Director General Marco Wopereis was on hand to help Mali's Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Nango Dembele, cut the ribbon.  

Can it get any better than this? Improving amaranth at WorldVeg

Nutritious and easy to grow, amaranth is a healthy and profitable crop for small-scale farmers.

Visiting the World Vegetable Center’s newest office

Partners and donors are beginning to take notice of WorldVeg West and Central Africa – Coastal & Humid Regions in Cotonou, Benin.

WorldVeg activities in Cameroon attract the interest of neighboring countries

The experience of WorldVeg in Cameroon has sparked interest for an initiative to build seed systems in the Central African Republic.

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6-9 May 2019
Taichung, Taiwan

VISION: Healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods through greater diversity in what we grow and eat

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花蓮場南瓜新品種 [友旺]種子即將上市 (Disease-resistant pumpkin variety “Hualien Yashu No. 2″ – Youwang coming soon)
8News, 17 March 2018

Farmers, scientists and government design recipes for resilient and profitable agriculture in Karnataka
ICRISAT newsletter, 16 March 2018

Pre-Columbian people spread fruit across Latin America
Ars Technica, 14 March 2018

Recherche agricole: WORLDVEG SE LOGE DE NEUF
L’ESSOR, 5 March 2018

No time for complacency
Blog by Michael Jackson, 1 March 2018

Jessore cabbage world market
যশোরের বাঁধাকপি বিশ্ববাজারে
Prothomalo, 10 February 2018


WorldVeg identifies training needs of the seed industry in India

Plant breeders from across the subcontinent who want to keep up with advancements in the discipline shared their training needs with WorldVeg.

Attraction in Action project attracts yard-long bean farmers in Cambodia, promotes IPM in Lao PDR

These beans mean business and better nutrition for farmers and consumers in Cambodia and Lao PDR.

G2P-SOL Training School

Learning where to find and how to use the diversity of the world's potato, tomato, pepper, and eggplant germplasm to breed improved vegetable varieties.

Top crops for India start at WorldVeg

From disease-resistant tomato to high-performance chili, WorldVeg is the source for improved vegetables in India. 

Vegetables are humankind’s most affordable source of vitamins and minerals needed for good health

Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables

Vegetables are increasingly recognized as essential for food and nutrition security, yet neither the economic nor nutritional power of vegetables is sufficiently realized. To tap the economic power of vegetables, governments will need to increase their investment in farm productivity (including improved varieties, alternatives to chemical pesticides, and the use of protected cultivation), good postharvest management, food safety, and market access. To tap the nutritional power of vegetables, consumers need to know how vegetables contribute to health, and find them at affordable prices or be able to grow them themselves.


Krawinkel, M.B.; Ludwig, C.; Swai, M.E.; Yang, R.Y.; Chun, K.P.; Habicht, S.D. 2018. Bitter gourd reduces elevated fasting plasma glucose levels in an intervention study among prediabetics in Tanzania. JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY. online. PDF

Sogbohossou, E.O.D.; Achigan-Dako, E.G.; Maundu, P.; Solberg, S.; Deguenon, E.M.S.; Mumm, R.H.; Hale, I.; Deynze, A.V.; Schranz, M.E. 2018. A roadmap for breeding orphan leafy vegetable species: A case study of Gynandropsis gynandra (Cleomaceae). HORTICULTURE RESEARCH. 5:2. PDF

Arafa, R.A., Rakha, M.T., Soliman, N.E.K., Moussa, O.M., Kamel, S.M., Shirasawa, K. 2017. Rapid identification of candidate genes for resistance to tomato late blight disease using next-generation sequencing technologies. PLoS ONE. 12(12): e0189951. PDF

Fischer, G.; Gramzow, A.; Laizer, A. 2017. Gender, vegetable value chains, income distribution and access to resources: Insights from surveys in Tanzania. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE. 82(6):319-327. PDF

Ochieng, J., Afari-Sefa, V., Lukumay, P.J., Dubois, T. 2017. Determinants of dietary diversity and the potential role of men in improving household nutrition in Tanzania. PLoS ONE. 12(12):e0189022. PDF

Pasternak, D.; Sanjeet, K.; Housseini, I. 2017. Selection and dissemination of vegetable cultivars in the Sahel. CHRONICA HORTICULTURAE. 57(4): 23-30. PDF

Ronoh, R.; Ekhuya, N.A.; Linde, M.; Winkelmann, T.; Abukutsa-Onyango, M.; Dinssa, F.F.; Debener, T. 2017. African nightshades: genetic, biochemical and metabolite diversity of an underutilised indigenous leafy vegetable and its potential for plant breeding. JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE & BIOTECHNOLOGY. online. PDF

Srinivasan, R.; Hsu, Y.C.; Lin, M.Y.; Su, F.C.; Huang, C.C. 2017. Towards developing an integrated pest management strategy for striped flea beetle on radish. MYSORE JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES. 51(A):202-211. PDF

Manasa, R., Rameshraddy, Bindumadhava, H., Nair, R.M., Prasad, T.G., Shankar, A.G. (2017). Screening mungbean (Vigna radiata L.) lines for salinity tolerance using salinity induction response technique at seedling and physiological growth assay at whole plant level. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PLANT, ANIMAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES. 7(4):1-12. PDF

Thibault Nordey,Claudine Basset-Mens, Hubert De Bon,Thibaud Martin, Emilie Déletré, Serge Simon, Laurent Parrot, Hugo Despretz, Joël Huat, Yannick Biard, Thomas Dubois, Eric Malézieux. 2017. Protected cultivation of vegetable crops in sub-Saharan Africa: limits and prospects for smallholders. A review. AGRONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, 37, 53. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13593-017-0460-8

Schreinemachers, P., Simmons, E.B., Wopereis, M.C.S. (2017). Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables. GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY online. PDF


902, 2018

WorldVeg parentage in high-yielding, triple-disease resistant ‘Arka Rakshak’ tomato

Tomato is India’s second most important vegetable crop, next to potato. And now ‘Arka Rakshak’, a new F1 fresh market and processing tomato hybrid with resistance to three major tomato diseases, is available for farmers eager to supply India’s growing demand. The variety was developed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) by crossing one of their advanced breeding lines with an advanced breeding line sourced from the World Vegetable Center. Tomato leaf curl virus, bacterial wilt and early blight are among the most difficult tomato diseases to manage as there are no chemical treatments available to stop their spread. Building resistance into a variety is the most effective -- and cost-effective -- approach to tomato disease management. ‘Arka Rakshak’ produces medium to large (80-100 g), deep red, very firm fruits with good keeping quality (15-20 days) and transportability. Farmers can expect yields of 90-100 t/ha. WorldVeg provides the important breeding materials partners need to produce vigorous, pest-and disease-resistant varieties with tolerance to heat, drought, flooding and other environmental conditions farmers typically encounter in the field. Congratulations to IIHR!

1512, 2017

52nd Board of Directors Meeting and 2017 Global R & D Week

The World Vegetable Center Board of Directors held its 52nd meeting in conjunction with the 2017 Global R & D Week, 4-8 December 2017 at WorldVeg headquarters in Taiwan. The dual event gave board members the opportunity to interact with staff, engage in meaningful discussions, and provide perspective on the Center's new direction.  Board members David Sammons (USA), Dae Geun Oh (Korea), Takashi Hamada (Japan) and Vivencio Mamaril (Philippines) completed their terms. The Center is grateful for their service and thoughtful advice over the years. Incoming members are Myoung Rae Cho, Director General, Department of Horticultural Crop Research, National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science Rural Development Administration (Korea); George Culaste, OIC-Director Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture (Philippines); Bonnie McClafferty, Director, Food Value Chain, GAIN (USA); and Shigehiro Nishiumi, Deputy Representative, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (Japan).

My Success

No water? Grow vegetables!

The Mafichoni Garden Group isn't about to let a scarce water supply get in the way of growing nutritious food for their families and neighbors.

They like it!

Lilian's children wouldn't eat the food she cooked. Now she grows vegetables that aren’t bitter, changed her cooking style, and has the kids eating healthy leafy greens every day.

  • Robina's students are learning to grow their own vegetables.

Home gardens, healthy children, happy parents

School Principal Robina teaches her young students to grow vegetables and cook them for school lunch. The children are noticeably healthier, which has made her school very popular among parents.




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 February 2018:



VIDEOS: How to save seed

The VINESA Project: Access to Markets

Farmers are forming groups, learning how to grow, harvest and deliver quality produce for high-value markets, and finding new markets to tap through the VINESA project.


When people in Tanzania began producing vegetables for market sale through the VINESA project, many decided to include them in their own meals. Local diets are now more diverse and nutritious.

Growing and cooking vegetables with VINESA!

Join the students at Emmanuel Primary School in Tanzania on a tasty journey to add diversity and nutrition to their diets with vegetables.




Malabar spinach (Basella spp.)

Celosia (Celosia argentea)