SOUTH ASIA

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AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center South Asia
ICRISAT Campus, Patancheru 502324
Hyderabad, Telangana,
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

Household gardens = sustainable impact?

Do household gardens offer a long-term, ongoing solution to undernutrition? A study to analyze if the initial impact of a household garden intervention in 2012-2013 has been sustained is underway.

Beans without borders

Members of the new International Mungbean Improvement Network will share seed and breeding data for this important pulse crop.

Giving farmers a competitive edge with training

Hands-on experience is the quickest way to learn new skills and production methods.

Capacity building through training and field days

Staff from the Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan know that seeing is believing—which is why they regularly hold training and field days to share knowledge with farmers.

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STAFF

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

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

Neeraja Kotamarthi, Finance Officer
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

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

Surya Murugesan, Scientific Officer – Plant Breeding
surya.murugesan(at)worldveg.org

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

Aparna Venkatapuram, Sr. Administrative Associate
aparna.venkatapuram(at)worldveg.org

Rehana Shaik, Administrative Officer
rehana.shaik(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 (Karnataka)
shivakumar.ramelingappa(at)worldveg.org

Amaresh Amaresh, Research Technician

Mohammed Aqil, Field Assistant/Driver

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

M Ravishankar, Special Project Scientist (Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India)
ravi.manickam(at)worldveg.org

Devender Pal Kaur, Scientific Officer (Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, 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