Launched in December 2009, AVRDC Central & West Asia and North Africa operates from Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The office coordinates AVRDC’s extensive operations in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Activities of the Network for Vegetable Systems Research & Development initiated by AVRDC include research with partner institutes in the region on varietal trials of improved varieties/lines, segregating and adoption of lines, seed multiplication, adoption of tomato grafting technology, workshops, capacity building, information exchange, and collection of baseline data on vegetables.
Twenty-three varieties of seven crop species including tomato, sweet and hot pepper, eggplant, vegetable soybean, mungbean, yard-long bean and cabbage are in 2010 state variety trials in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
Six new varieties have been released in Uzbekistan, including vegetable soybean varieties ‘Ilkhom’ (2007) and ‘Universal’ (2008), mungbean varieties ‘Zilola’ (2008) and ‘Marjon’ (2008), and hot pepper varieties ‘Uchkun’ (2009) and ‘Tillarang’ (2010). These varieties have marketable traits and are well-adapted to local agroecologies.
In West Asia and North Africa, AVRDC has established regional research and development activities in collaboration with the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) to serve the increasing interest in vegetable production to alleviate poverty and reduce malnutrition in dry areas. Activities focus on vegetable production in open field and protected agriculture, and the economics of vegetable production and water conservation.
AVRDC Central & West Asia and North Africa has been or is currently active in the following countries:
- Abu Dhabi
- United Arab Emirates
- Ravza Mavlyanova, Acting Director