East and Southeast Asia


AVRDC 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 AVRDC 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.

AVRDC East and Southeast Asia 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.

AVRDC East and Southeast Asia has been or is currently active in the following countries:

  • Cambodia
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Indonesia
  • Lao PDR
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
    • Fenton Beed, Regional Director
    • Narinder Dhillon, Vegetable Breeder – Cucurbits
    • Sheila de Lima, Administrative and Training Officer
    • Shriniwas Gautam, Postdoctoral Scientist – Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Ratchada Thongkrailad, Finance Officer
    • Kanokwan Rattanamung, Secretary
    • Sunant Larpai, Finance and Admin Assistant
    • Sorawit Limsiriwat, IT and Communication Assistant
    • Sopana Yule, Research Assistant Entomology
    • Supannika Sanguansil, Research Assistant Breeding
    • Somchit Pruangwitayakun, Vegetable Research and Training Assistant
    • Chuanpit Khumsuwan, Technical Assistant Entomology
    • Radchada KitdetKitdet, Office Assistant
    • Vinant Paipun, Driver
    • Porntip Ratanapong, Office Helper
    • Seenual Poonoi, Janitor

Field Staff

    • Boonjan Khongbankhong
    • Daenpen Pornnapalai
    • Chinnakorn Pukyom
    • Sanan Rewthongchum
    • Thawankon Rewthongchum
    • Krum Sahray
    • Payom Sookpradit
    • Rhungphet Srongkraisin
    • Jan Onsiri
    • Rin Poungmaree


    • Thi Thu Ha To, Horticulturist and Project Coordinator

34th International Vegetable Training Course
Vegetables: From Seed to Table and Beyond
14 September – 4 December 2015


Dr. Somsiri Sangchote guides participants in a seed health session.

The 34th International Vegetable Training Course (IVTC) of AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center aims to enhance technical, scientific and managerial skills of the participants to be able to contribute to the sustainable development of their countries through the increased production and consumption of health-promoting vegetables. The training emphasizes advanced and sustainable vegetable production and postharvest technologies, farmer education, human health and nutrition, and marketing. In addition, this training will enhance awareness and understanding of emerging global development issues and technologies. The 34th IVTC is organized in close collaboration with Kasetsart University, the Global Horticulture Initiative, the Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Kasetsart University, and the United States Agency for International Development, and is endorsed by the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), particularly its Commission on Education, Research Training and Consultancy.

The course is divided into three inter-related modules, which may be taken singly or as a whole.

  • Module 1: From Seed to Harvest (14 Sept. – 9 Oct. 2015, Application deadline: 14 August 2015)
  • Module 2: From Harvest to Table (12 Oct. – 6 Nov. 2015, Application deadline: 12 September 2015)
  • Module 3: Sustainable Development (9 Nov. – 4 Dec. 2015, Application deadline: 9 October 2015)

Who should attend

Researchers and extensionists from national and international agricultural research institutes, universities, non-governmental organizations, and policymakers.

Training method

Learning will be through a balanced mix of lectures, hands-on exposure, group discussions, individual exercises, laboratory sessions, and field trips. All modules use English as a medium of instruction, thus, a certain level of oral and written English proficiency is required to fully benefit from the course. Lecturers and presenters hail from AVRDC, Kasetsart University, Thailand’s Department of Agriculture and Agricultural Extension, the Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Kasetsart University established by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as from various local, regional and international organizations.


AVRDC does not provide any scholarships. Interested applicants without funding may seek financial support from other agencies.

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