Eastern and Southern Africa
The Center’s African regional program began in 1992 in Arusha, northern Tanzania. Today AVRDC 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 two regional bases on the continent: in Tanzania for Eastern and Southern Africa, and in Mali for West and Central Africa. 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
AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center announced today that its Director General, Dr. J.D.H. ‘Dyno’ Keatinge, will retire after eight years of service on April 20, 2016. The Center’s Board of Directors selected Dr. Marco Wopereis to succeed Keatinge as the organization’s Director General effective April 21, 2016.
On 28 August 2015, several ministers and high-ranking officials from Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe toured the campus of AVRDC Eastern and Southern Africa in Arusha, Tanzania.
AVRDC opened its first office in Kenya in June at the ICIPE Headquarters in Nairobi. On 6th July, AVRDC's Regional Project Coordinator of the Homegarden Scaling Project, Ralph Roothaert, and the AVRDC Kenya Site Coordinator, Charles Onyango, met with the Director General of ICIPE, Segenet Kelemu, at the ICIPE campus to acknowledge this important milestone. AVRDC has launched the project on home garden scaling in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to combat malnutrition among children and young women. Having Charles based at ICIPE will greatly facilitate collaboration between the two institutes.
Thomas Dubois, Regional Director
Victor Afari-Sefa, Agricultural Economist and Global Theme Leader for Consumption
David Sarakikya, Senior Finance Officer
James Leonard Magumba, Assistant Accountant
Fekadu Fufu Dinssa, Vegetable Breeder
Tsvetelina Stoilova, Scientist – Genetic Resources
Ralph Roothaert, Project Manager: Homegarden Scaling in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
Radegunda Kessy, Research Associate, Agribusiness And Socioeconomics
Eliaza Jones Mkuna, Research Associate, Agricultural Economics
Pendo James Mollel, Research Assistant – Plant Breeding
Nadine Kwazi, Executive Assistant
Baraka Eliah Mchala, Procurement Assistant
John Macharia, ACIAR VINESA Project Manager
Nemayan Stephen, VINESA Project Administrative Assistant
Sophia Bongole, Project Site Coordinator – Tanzania
Ngoni Nenguwo, Postharvest Specialist
Andreas Gramzow, Agribusiness/Marketing Specialist
Alaik Laizer, Field Officer – Agribusiness
Srinivasulu Rajendran, Post Doctoral Scientist – Agricultural Economics
Hassan Mndiga, Senior Training Assistant (Seconded Staff From Horti Tengeru)
Felix Malisa, IT Support Engineer
Omary Ijumaa Mbwambo, Research Associate, Farm Operations
Inviolate Dominick Mrema, Field Officer
Philipo Joseph, Research Assistant, Postharvest & Socioeconomics
Roseline Marealle, Research Assistant, Postharvest
Hamis Daniel Wambura, Research Assistant, Plant Breeding
Raphael Mallogo, Research Assistant – Plant Protection
Loth Laiser Upendo, Secretary
Martha Aminiel Munisi, Seed Attendant
• Itangigomba Ntavyo, ITC Consultant
• Rosemarie Dusabeyezu, Consultant – Genetic Resources
• Elineema Mtaita, Genebank Assistant
• Paul Anael Sawe, Gardener
• Aneth Joseph Kaaya, Staff Canteen Supervisor
• Samueli Italicha Mayoba, Driver Mechanic
• Adam Exsuper Lyimo, Driver
• Roghathe Akyoo Ndetiyo, Housekeeping Assistant
• Iduvael Swai, Farm Manager
• John George Tarimo, Electrical Assistant
• Ronald E. Tarimo, Driver
James Mutebi, Project Site Coordinator (Homegarden Scaling)