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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.

AVRDC Eastern and Southern Africa, Arusha, Tanzania

The Center operates two regional bases: 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.

AVRDC Eastern and Southern Africa is currently active in the following countries:

  • Tanzania
  • Kenya
  • Zambia
  • Ethiopia
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique

Thomas Dubois, Regional Director

Victor Afari-Sefa, Agricultural Economist and Global Theme Leader for Consumption

David Sarakikya, Senior Finance Officer

Fekadu Fufu Dinssa, Vegetable Breeder

Tsvetelina Stoilova, Scientist – Genetic Resources

Radegunda Kessy, Research Associate In Agribusiness And Socioeconomics

Nadine Kwazi, Executive Assistant

John Macharia, ACIAR Project Manager

Ngoni Nenguwo, Postharvest Specialist

Srinivasulu Rajendran, Post Doctoral Scientist – Agricultural Economics

Hassan Mndiga, Senior Training Assistant (Seconded Staff From Horti Tengeru)

Omary Ijumaa Mbwambo, Research Associate, Farm Operations

Inviolate Dominick Mrema, Field Officer

Philipo Joseph, Research Assistant, Postharvest & Socioeconomics

Adili Tiisekwa, Research Assistant, Postharvest

William Juma, Research Assistant

Areth Kibaraza, Research Assistant, Plant Breeding

Ernest Medard, Research Assistant, Plant Protection

Hamis Daniel Wambura, Research Assistant, Plant Breeding

Raphael Mallogo, Research Assistant – Plant Protection

  • Elihaki E. Eliyuko, Accountant
  • Rosemarie Dusabeyezu, Consultant – Genetic Resources
  • Martha Aminiel Munisi, Seed Attendant
  • Paul Anael Sawe, Gardener
  • Aneth Joseph Kaaya, Staff Canteen Supervisor
  • Samueli Italicha Mayoba, Driver Mechanic
  • Roghathe Akyoo Ndetiyo, Housekeeping Assistant
  • Iduvael Swai, Farm Manager
  • John George Tarimo, Electrical Assistant
  • Ronald E. Tarimo, Driver
  • Loth Laiser Upendo, Secretary

Download a brochure about activities in AVRDC Africa