SOUTH ASIA

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AVRDC South Asia
ICRISAT Campus, Patancheru 502 324
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh,
INDIA

Tel: +91-40-30713071
Fax: +91-40-30713074 / 75

info-southasia(at)worldveg.org

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Overview

AVRDC South Asia was established in 2006 on the campus of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) near Hyderabad, India.

South Asia is home to a large proportion of the world’s poor, most of whom live in rural areas. As poverty increases, diets often become less diverse and micronutrient malnutrition can increase as cheap starchy staples replace vegetables in diets. Vegetable production in South Asia has been virtually static for the last two decades and per capita availability has declined as populations have increased.

Despite India’s rapid economic growth, there are still 300 million people living below the poverty line and 75% of the poor live in rural areas. Per capita consumption of vegetables in India is only about 86 g/day, compared with FAO’s recommendation of 200 g/day. To improve the nutrition of rural families, vegetables production must be increased and better integrated into the region’s predominantly cereal-based farming systems. At the same time, the increasing demand for food from the urban poor living in megacities needs to be satisfied.

AVRDC South Asia:

  • promotes home gardens and urban/peri-urban vegetable production and marketing for income generation, nutritional security, diet diversification and health
  • promotes good agricultural practices to safely produce vegetables under covered production systems
  • hosts the AVRDC legume breeding program, focusing on improved varieties of mungbean and vegetable soybean, with additional work on cowpea and yard-long bean
  • identifies and introduces suitable vegetable lines to share with national partners for distribution

SOUTH ASIA UPDATE

AGROW Awards

The 2015 Standard Chartered AGROW Awards took note of the outstanding work of AVRDC partners and participating farmers in a ceremony on 2 August 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The prestigious nationwide award promotes agricultural innovators and contributions to the sector in seven categories. BRAC, an NGO in Bangladesh and a partner with AVRDC and the International Potato Center (CIP) in the USAID Horticulture Project, received the “Best Associated Organisation in Support and Execution” award. Lal Teer Seed Ltd., which has worked with AVRDC researchers on several initiatives, was awarded as the “Best Associated Organisation in Innovation and Research.” The awards go to individuals as well as organizations: Two farmers participating in the USAID Horticulture Project received awards: Reshma Begum, Mohirn Village, Bagharpara Upazilla, Jessore District, for her sweetpotato nursery, and Bellal Hossain, Laxmipur Village, Bagharpara Upazilla, Jessore District, for his work in tomato production. Matia Chowdhury, Minister of Agriculture, presented the awards.
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Growing up

Vertical gardening maximizes returns for Pakistan's bottle gourd farmers.
  • A seed kit prepared by AVRDC and KGVK. Small packets of vegetable seed are attached to a calendar.

Home garden seed kits: a sustainable business model

Home garden seed kits pioneered by AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center four years ago in Jharkhand in eastern India have now stimulated entrepreneurs to supply growing demand for the kits.
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Cherry tomato cheers a grower in Bangladesh

A successful summer tomato grower, Mohamed Mohiuddin Fakir, is now a pioneer of cherry tomato production in Ghoradoho village, Faridpur district, Bangladesh.

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STAFF

Ahmad Shahabuddin, Vegetable Sector Leader (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
shahabuddin.ahmad(at)worldveg.org

Mohammed Razu Ahmed, Deputy Sector Leader-Vegetable (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
razu.ahmed(at)worldveg.org

Mohammad Nurujjman, Nutrition Coordinator (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
mohammad.nurujjman(at)worldveg.org

Mohammad Fajal Imam, Accounts and Administration Assistant, (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
fajal.mukul(at)worldveg.org

Ullah Mohammad Zahir, Field Coordinator (Jessore, Bangladesh)
zahirsau(at)gmail.com

Md Nazrul Islam, Assistant Field Coordinator-Vegetables (Jessore, Bangladesh)
nazrul.islam(at)worldveg.org

Ripon Chandra Ray, Accounts& Administrative Assistant (Jessore, Bangladesh)
ripon.ray(at)worldveg.org

Ershad Md. Sayed Bin, Field Coordinator (Barisal, Bangladesh)
sayedershad8(at)gmail.com

Md Harun-Or Rashid, Assistant Field Coordinator-Vegetables (Barisal, Bangladesh)
harun.rashid(at)worldveg.org

Md Mustafizur Rahman, Field Coordinator-Vegetables (Faridpur, Bangladesh)
mustafizur.rahman(at)worldveg.org

Samir Roy, Assistant Field Coordinator-Vegetables (Faridpur, Bangladesh)
samir.roy(at)worldveg.org

Md Al-Amin, Assistant Field Coordinator-Vegetables (Faridpur, Bangladesh)
al.amin(at)worldveg.org

Warwick Easdown, Regional Director,
warwick.easdown(at)worldveg.org

Neeraja Kotamarthi, Accounts Assistant
neeraja.kotamarthi(at)worldveg.org

Ramakrishnan Nair, Vegetable Breeder – Legumes
ramakrishnan.nair(at)worldveg.org

Bindumadhava Hanumatha Rao, Special Project Scientist – Plant Physiology
bindu.madhava(at)worldveg.org

Ramesh Subramanian, Project Development Specialist
ramesh.subramanian(at)worldveg.org

Antonio L. Acedo Jr., Postharvest Specialist
jun.acedo(at)worldveg.org

Arshad Ahmad Pal, Visiting Scientist- Postharvest Specialist
arshad.pal(at)worldveg.org

RajKumar Giri Ranchod, Scientific Officer
rajkumargiri.ranchod(at)worldveg.org

Samrat Laha, Scientific Officer – Seed Production
samrat.laha(at)worldveg.org

Boddepalli Venkata Naresh, Scientific Officer – Legume Breeding
naresh.boddepalli(at)worldveg.org

Sameena Sheikh, Visiting Scientist – Plant Breeding, USAID-AIP Pakistan
sameena.sheikh(at)worldveg.org

Pamaraju Venkata Lakshmi Bharathi, Visiting Scientist – Training Coordinator
bharathi.lakshmi(at)worldveg.org

Sreeram Banda, Communication Officer
sreeram.banda(at)worldveg.org

Rehana Shaik, Administrative Associate
rehana.shaik(at)worldveg.org

Omvir Singh Tomar, Research Technician
tomar.singh(at)worldveg.org

Lucy Bharati Sarkar, Seed Production Officer
lucy.bhararisarkar(at)worldveg.org

Shivakumar Hosamani, Research Technician
shivakumar.hosamani(at)worldveg.org

Shivakumar Ramelingappa, Research Technician
shivakumar.ramelingappa(at)worldveg.org

Amaresh Amaresh, Research Technician

Mohammed Aqil, Field Assistant/Driver

Sabyasachi Rath, Consultant, COFRA Project (Odisha, India)
sabyasachi.rath@worldveg.org

Subhrajyoti Sahoo, Scientific Officer (Odisha, India)
subhrajyoti.sahoo(at)worldveg.org

Swarna Sarika, Scientific Officer (Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India)
swarna.sarika(at)worldveg.org

M Ravishankar, Research site coordinator (Jharkhand, India)
ravi.manickam(at)worldveg.org

Devender Pal Kaur, Scientific Officer (Jharkhand, India)
devender.kaur(at)worldveg.org

Nagaraju Kumar, Site Coordinator (Karnataka, India)
kumar.nagaraju(at)worldveg.org

Mansab Ali, Horticulture Lead, Agriculture Innovation Program (Islamabad, Pakistan)
mansab.ali(at)worldveg.org

Mazhar Hussain Bukhari, Socioeconomist, Agriculture Innovation Program (Islamabad, Pakistan)
mazhar.bukhari(at)worldveg.org

Muhammad Arif Shahzad, Agricultural Engineer, Agriculture Innovation Program (Islamabad, Pakistan)
arif.shahzad(at)worldveg.org

Noman Ahmad, Account Associate, Agriculture Innovation Program (Islamabad, Pakistan)
noman.ahmad(at)worldveg.org

Imran Ahmad, Administrative Assistant, Agriculture Innovation Program (Islamabad, Pakistan)
imran.ahmad(at)worldveg.org

Sheeraz Ahmad, Training Expert / Ag Extensionist, Agriculture Innovation Program (Islamabad, Pakistan)
sheeraz.ahmad(at)worldveg.org

Huma Abbas, Research Associate, Agriculture Innovation Program (Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Pakistan)
huma.abbas(at)worldveg.org

Sher Nabi Khan, Site Coordinator, Beans with Benefits (Islamabad, Pakistan)
shernabi.khan(at)worldveg.org

Umar Farooq, Office Junior

Kashif Ali, Driver

Asrar Sarwar, Horticulturist, Agriculture Innovation Program (Faisalabad, Pakistan)
asrar.sarwar(at)worldveg.org

Anam Fatima, Research Associate, Agriculture Innovation Program (Gojra-Faisalabad, Pakistan)
anam.fatima(at)worldveg.org

Rizwan Ahmed, Research Associate, Agriculture Innovation Program (Quetta, Pakistan)
rizwan.ahmed(at)worldveg.org

Asghar Ali, Legume Agronomist, Agriculture Innovation Program (Sargodha, Pakistan)
asghar.ali(at)worldveg.org

Mazullah Khan, Vegetable Seed Specialist, Agriculture Innovation Program (Mingora-Swat, Pakistan)
mazullah.khan(at)worldveg.org

Iqbal Hussain, Research Associate, Agriculture Innovation Program (Mingora-Swat, Pakistan)
iqbal.hussain(at)worldveg.org

Faiza Mushtaq, Research Associate, Agriculture Innovation Program (DI Khan, Pakistan)
faiza.mushtaq(at)worldveg.org

Ali Imran, Research Associate, Agriculture Innovation Program (Khushab, Pakistan)
ali.imran(at)worldveg.org

Zahoor Elahi, Research Associate, Agriculture Innovation Program (Haripur, Pakistan)
zahoor.elahi(at)worldveg.org

Ali Raza, Research Associate, Agriculture Innovation Program (Sheikhupura, Pakistan)
ali.raza(at)worldveg.org