Eastern and Southern Africa
The Center’s African regional program began in 1992 in Arusha, northern Tanzania. Today the World Vegetable Center has professional research and development staff working across Africa on important vegetable crops such as tomato, pepper, onion and cabbage, as well as a range of African traditional vegetables, and partners with more than 40 national institutions and many international organizations.
The Center operates three regional bases in Africa: in Tanzania for Eastern and Southern Africa, in Mali for West and Central Africa – Dry Regions (established 2014), and in Benin for West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions (2017). There is a liaison office in Cameroon to reach into sub-Saharan Africa with improved vegetable varieties and production technologies.
The vegetable sector in sub-Saharan Africa is severely underdeveloped and vegetable consumption is extremely low. In Africa’s diverse agroclimatic zones, there is enormous potential for smallholder farmers to produce numerous vegetable crops for domestic and international markets.
Vegetables are often the most important source of cash income for smallholder farmers, and indigenous vegetables provide an important source of nutrition, particularly for poor people. New varieties and improved management methods have been developed and extended through training programs for research and extension workers and smallholder farmers.
EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA UPDATE
The new African Vegetable Breeding Consortium (AVBC) held its first workshop on 11-12 March 2019 at the World Vegetable Center Eastern and Southern Africa office in Arusha, Tanzania. The 41 participants included scientists from WorldVeg headquarters and all regional centers, nine diverse African vegetable seed companies, the Tanzanian Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), the Tanzania Seed Trade Association (TASTA), and AFSTA.
Board members toured the regional office campus and learned first-hand about initiatives to develop solar dryers for vegetables, innovations in below-ground grafting chambers, and vegetable business hubs to engage young people in horticultural production.
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|Dinssa, Fekadu||Vegetable Breeder||fekadu.dinssa(at)worldveg.org|
|Ernest, Zablon||Field Officer||zablon.ernest(at)worldveg.org|
|Kaaya, Aneth Joseph||Staff Canteen Supervisor|
|Kwazi, Nadine||Executive Assistant||nadine.kwazi(at)worldveg.org|
|Laizer, Alaik||Field Officer - Agribusiness||alaik.laizer(at)worldveg.org|
|Lwesya, Bernard||Information Technology Support||bernard.lwesya(at)worldveg.org|
|Lyimo, Adam Exsuper||Driver|
|Mallogo, Raphael||Research Assistant – Plant Protection||raphael.mallogo(at)worldveg.org|
|Matovolwa, Mary||Research Assistant||mary.matovolwa(at)worldveg.org|
|Mbwambo, Omary||Research Intern||omary.mbwambo(at)worldveg.org|
|Mchala, Baraka||Procurement Assistant||baraka.mchala(at)worldveg.org|
|Mndiga, Hassan||Training & Outreach Coordinator (Seconded Staff from Horti Tengeru)||hassan.mndiga(at)worldveg.org|
|Mosha, Inviolate||Research Assistant||inviolate.mosha(at)worldveg.org|
|Munisi, Martha||Seed Attendant||martha.munisi(at)worldveg.org|
|Mvungi, Henry||Project Marketing Officer||henry.mvungi(at)worldveg.org|
|Ndetiyo, Roghathe Akyoo||Housekeeping Assistant|
|Nimpagaritse, Devote||Agronomist/Postharvest Specialist||devote.nimpagaritse(at)worldveg.org|
|Nordey, Thibault||Agronomist – Modeling||thibault.nordey(at)worldveg.org|
|Ochieng, Justus||Post-Doctoral Scientist – Agricultural Economics||justus.ochieng(at)worldveg.org|
|Onyango, Charles||Site Project Coordinator - Kenya||charles.onyango(at)worldveg.org|
|Roothaert, Ralph||Officer-in-Charge; Flagship Leader - Healthy Diets||ralph.roothaert(at)worldveg.org|
|Salome, Mushi||Research Assistant||salome.mushi(at)worldveg.org|
|Sarakikya, David||Senior Finance Officer||david.sarakikya(at)worldveg.org|
|Sawe, Paul Anael||Gardener|
|Stephen, Nemayan||Project Administrative Assistant – VINESA||nemayan.stephen(at)worldveg.org|
|Stoilova, Tsvetelina||Genetic Resources Scientist||tsvetelina.stoilova(at)worldveg.org|
|Tarimo, John George||Electrical Assistant|