East and Southeast Asia Brassica
East and Southeast Asia
The Center began its work in Southeast Asia with the Thailand Outreach Program in 1982.
The Center’s regional office, established in 1992 as the Asian Regional Center and renamed in 2009 as the World Vegetable Center East and Southeast Asia, is located on the campus of Kasetsart University in Bangkok. Staff collaborate with university administration and researchers with the support of the Royal Thai Government. The office is the focal point for regional research and training and for the Center’s work with the People’s Republic of China.
The regional office addresses vegetable research and development in the region to improve nutrition and reduce poverty through hands-on training. The Center’s annual International Vegetable Training Course has been held for more than three decades; thousands of scientists across Asia have participated, enhancing their technical, scientific and managerial skills in vegetable production and marketing to contribute to the sustainable development of their countries.
The Center’s Research and Training Station is located on Kasetsart University’s Kamphaeng Saen Campus in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.
After reviewing the main causes and effects of land degradation and erosion in the uplands of mainland Southeast Asia, this chapter presents several case studies of recent land-use changes governed by economic, political and institutional transitions, the expansion of teak and rubber tree plantations in northern Laos and southwest China, respectively, and of monocropping coffee in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.
The World Vegetable Center, in collaboration with the Tropical Vegetable Research Center at Kasetsart University, will provide 250 seed kits and books to local farmers in remembrance of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The kits will contribute towards his majesty's "New Theory in Agriculture" by providing high-quality vegetable seeds to create self-reliant farmers. Each kit contains 9 species of 7 different colors (with 7 unique nutrient profiles) to produce a beautiful, health-promoting garden, as well as a book on how to save the seed of each species.