Eastern and Southern Africa

Postharvest specialist Ngoni Nenguwo demonstrates a ZECC: zero energy cooling chamber

Farmers check out the onion trials.

AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center
Eastern and Southern Africa
Duluti, PO Box 10 Arusha
Tanzania
T: +255 (27) 255-3102/3093
F: +255 (27) 255-3125

All Africa email:
info-africa(at)worldveg.org

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Overview

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.

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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 opens office at ICIPE

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.
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Fabulous fungus finds a following

USAID’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management organizes a three-day Trichoderma workshop at AVRDC Eastern and Southern Africa.
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SMS puts knowledge in the palm of a farmer’s hand

An SMS / radio vegetable price information service developed by AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center strengthens farmers' position in the marketplace.
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Young farmers spark behavior changes in their communities

VINESA graduates will need cooperation from the business community to succeed in putting their new farming skills to work.

STAFF

Thomas Dubois, Regional Director
thomas.dubois(at)worldveg.org

Victor Afari-Sefa, Agricultural Economist and Global Theme Leader for Consumption
victor.afari-sefa(at)worldveg.org

David Sarakikya, Senior Finance Officer
david.sarakikya(at)worldveg.org

Paschal Mjinja, Accountant
paschal.mjinja(at)worldveg.org

Clementina Mchau, Accountant
clementina.mchau(at)worldveg.org

James Leonard Magumba, Assistant Accountant
james.magumba(at)worldveg.org

Fekadu Fufu Dinssa, Vegetable Breeder
fekadu.dinssa(at)worldveg.org

Tsvetelina Stoilova, Scientist – Genetic Resources
tsvetelina.stoilova(at)worldveg.org

Ralph Roothaert, Project Manager: Homegarden Scaling in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
ralph.roothaert(at)worldveg.org

Radegunda Kessy, Research Associate, Agribusiness And Socioeconomics
radegunda.kessy(at)worldveg.org

Eliaza Jones Mkuna, Research Associate, Agricultural Economics
eliaza.mkuna(at)worldveg.org

Pendo James Mollel, Research Assistant – Plant Breeding
pendo.james(at)worldveg.org

Nadine Kwazi, Executive Assistant
nadine.kwazi(at)worldveg.org

Baraka Eliah Mchala , Procurement Assistant
baraka.mchala(at)worldveg.org

John Macharia, ACIAR VINESA Project Manager
john.macharia(at)worldveg.org

Nemayan Stephen, VINESA Project Administrative Assistant
nemayan.stephen(at)worldveg.org

Sophia Bongole, Project Site Coordinator – Tanzania
sophia.bongole@worldveg.org

Ngoni Nenguwo, Postharvest Specialist
ngoni.nenguwo(at)worldveg.org

Andreas Gramzow, Agribusiness/Marketing Specialist
andreas.gramzow(at)worldveg.org

Srinivasulu Rajendran, Post Doctoral Scientist – Agricultural Economics
srinivasulu.rajendran(at)worldveg.org

Hassan Mndiga, Senior Training Assistant (Seconded Staff From Horti Tengeru)
hassan.mndiga(at)worldveg.org

Felix Malisa, IT Support Engineer
felix.malisa(at)worldveg.org

Omary Ijumaa Mbwambo, Research Associate, Farm Operations
omary.mbwambo(at)worldveg.org

Inviolate Dominick Mrema, Field Officer
involate.mosha(at)worldveg.org

Philipo Joseph, Research Assistant, Postharvest & Socioeconomics
philipo.joseph(at)worldveg.org

Roseline Marealle, Research Assistant, Postharvest
roseline.marealle(at)worldveg.org

Areth Kibaraza, Research Assistant, Plant Breeding
areth.kibarabza(at)worldveg.org

Hamis Daniel Wambura, Research Assistant, Plant Breeding
hamis.wambura(at)worldveg.org

Raphael Mallogo, Research Assistant – Plant Protection
raphael.mallogo(at)worldveg.org

Gladness Steven, Finance & Administrative Assistant (VINESA)
gladness.steven(at)worldveg.org

Itangigomba Ntavyo, ITC Consultant
Loth Laiser Upendo, Secretary
Rosemarie Dusabeyezu, Consultant – Genetic Resources
Elineema Mtaita, Genebank Assistant
Martha Aminiel Munisi, Seed Attendant
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

Sylvia Namazzi, Research Associate: Coordinator for Action Site (Humidtropics)
sylvia.namazzi(at)worldveg.org

Charles O. Onyango, Site Project Coordinator
charles.onyango(at)worldveg.org