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South Asia


AVRDC South Asia was established in 2006 on the campus of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) near Hyderabad, India.

South Asia is home to a large proportion of the world’s poor, most of whom live in rural areas. As poverty increases, diets often become less diverse and micronutrient malnutrition can increase as cheap starchy staples replace vegetables in diets. Vegetable production in South Asia has been virtually static for the last two decades and per capita availability has declined as populations have increased.

Despite India’s rapid economic growth, there are still 300 million people living below the poverty line and 75% of the poor live in rural areas. Per capita consumption of vegetables in India is only about 86 g/day, compared with FAO’s recommendation of 200 g/day. To improve the nutrition of rural families, vegetables production must be increased and better integrated into the region’s predominantly cereal-based farming systems. At the same time, the increasing demand for food from the urban poor living in megacities needs to be satisfied.

AVRDC South Asia:

  • promotes home gardens and urban/peri-urban vegetable production and marketing for income generation, nutritional security, diet diversification and health
  • promotes good agricultural practices to safely produce vegetables under covered production systems
  • hosts the AVRDC legume breeding program, focusing on improved varieties of mungbean and vegetable soybean, with additional work on cowpea and yard-long bean
  • identifies and introduces suitable vegetable lines to share with national partners for distribution


AVRDC South Asia has been or is currently active in the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka

INDIA

Warwick Easdown, Regional Director,
warwick.easdown(at)worldveg.org

Gontu Jyotsna, Administrative Associate
gontu.jyotsna(at)worldveg.org

Neeraja Kotamarthi, Accounts Assistant
neeraja.kotamarthi(at)worldveg.org

Ramakrishnan Nair, Vegetable Breeder – Legumes
ramakrishnan.nair(at)worldveg.org

Hemant Nitturkar, Project Development Officer
hemant.nitturkar(at)worldveg.org

Antonio L. Acedo Jr., Postharvest Specialist
jun.acedo(at)worldveg.org

Vankudoth Ramesh, Research Technician
vankudoth.ramesh(at)worldveg.org

RajKumar Giri Ranchod, Scientific Officer
rajkumargiri.ranchod(at)worldveg.org

Samrat Laha, Scientific Officer – Seed Production
samrat.laha(at)worldveg.org

Boddepalli Venkata Naresh, Scientific Officer – Legume Breeding
naresh.boddepalli(at)worldveg.org

Rehana Shaik, Administrative Associate
rehana.shaik(at)worldveg.org

Omvir Singh Tomar, Research Technician
tomar.singh(at)worldveg.org

Mohammed Aqil, Field assistant/driver

M Ravishankar, Research site coordinator (Jharkhand, India)
ravi.manickam(at)worldveg.org

Devender Pal Kaur, Scientific Officer (Jharkhand, India)
devender.kaur(at)worldveg.org

TR Ghai, Research site coordinator (Punjab, India)
tilakraj.ghai(at)worldveg.org

Mujarrab Husain, Technical officer (Punjab, India)
mujarrab.husain(at)worldveg.org

Nagaraju Kumar, Site Coordinator (Karnataka, India)
kumar.nagaraju(at)worldveg.org

BANGLADESH

Ahmad Shahabuddin, Vegetable Sector Leader (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
shahabuddin.ahmad(at)worldveg.org

Mohammed Razu Ahmed, Deputy Sector Leader-Vegetable (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
razu.ahmed(at)worldveg.org

Mohammad Nurujjman, Nutrition Coordinator (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
mohammad.nurujjman(at)worldveg.org

Ullah Mohammad Zahir, Field Coordinator (Jessore, Bangladesh)
zahirsau(at)gmail.com

Md Nazrul Islam, Assistant Field Coordinator-Vegetables (Jessore, Bangladesh)
nazrul.islam(at)worldveg.org

Ripon Chandra Ray, Accounts& Administrative Assistant (Jessore, Bangladesh)
ripon.ray(at)worldveg.org

Ershad Md. Sayed Bin, Field Coordinator (Barisal, Bangladesh)
sayedershad8(at)gmail.com

Md Harun-Or Rashid, Assistant Field Coordinator-Vegetables (Barisal, Bangladesh)
harun.rashid(at)worldveg.org

Md Mustafizur Rahman, Field Coordinator-Vegetables (Faridpur, Bangladesh)
mustafizur.rahman(at)worldveg.org

Samir Roy, Assistant Field Coordinator-Vegetables (Faridpur, Bangladesh)
samir.roy(at)worldveg.org

Md Al-Amin, Assistant Field Coordinator-Vegetables (Faridpur, Bangladesh)
al.amin(at)worldveg.org

PAKISTAN

Mansab Ali, Horticulture Lead, Agriculture Innovation Program (Islamabad, Pakistan)
mansab.ali(at)worldveg.org

Mazhar Hussain Bukhari, Socioeconomist, Agriculture Innovation Program (Islamabad, Pakistan)
mazhar.bukhari(at)worldveg.org

Muhammad Arif Shahzad, Agricultural Engineer, Agriculture Innovation Program (Islamabad, Pakistan)
arif.shahzad(at)worldveg.org

Asrar Sarwar, Horticulturist, Agriculture Innovation Program (Faisalabad, Pakistan)
asrar.sarwar(at)worldveg.org

Asghar Ali, Legume Agronomist, Agriculture Innovation Program (Sargodha, Pakistan)
asghar.ali(at)worldveg.org

Mazullah Khan, Vegetable Seed Specialist, Agriculture Innovation Program (Mingora-Swat, Pakistan)
mazullah.khan(at)worldveg.org

Read more about AVRDC South Asia

south-asia-brochure