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

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


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The South Asia office 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.

The South Asia team:

  • 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 Center’s 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


Yield and profit begin in a well-managed nursery

Raising hybrid seedlings is expensive; to be profitable, a nursery owner must convert every seed into a healthy seedling. Tomato producers in Madanapalle are adopting best nursery practices promoted by WorldVeg.

East Asia visits South Asia

Mungbean research collaboration across Asia was recently strengthened by the visit of two high-level delegations from China and Vietnam to WorldVeg South Asia in Hyderabad


Email address
Easdown, WarwickRegional Director, South Central Asiawarwick.easdown(at)
Nair, Ramakrishnan M.Legume Breedingramakrishnan.nair(at)
Spreer, WolframProduction Horticulturistwolfram.spreer(at)
Shaik, RehanaSenior Administrative Officerrehana.shaik(at)
Kotamarthi, NeerajaSenior Finance Officerneeraja.kotamarthi(at)
Mohammed AqilField Attendant
Boddepalli, NareshScientific Officer – Legume Breedingnaresh.boddepalli(at)
Madhava, BinduScientist - Plant Physiologybindu.madhava(at)
Kumar RaviField Attendantravi.kumar(at)
Gadde Lakshmi, BharatField Attendantgl.bharath(at)
Pal, ArshadScientist- Postharvest Specialistarshad.pal(at)
Lakshmi, BharathiTraining Coordinatorbharathi.lakshmi(at)
Bharati Sarkar, LucyScientific Officer - Seed Production lucy.bharatisarkar(at)
Venkatapuram, AparnaSr. Administrative Associateaparna.venkatapuram(at)
MalleshOffice boy
Pandey, Abhay KScientist – Pathologyabhaykumar.pandey(at)
War, Abdul RasheedScientist - Entomologyabdulrasheed.war(at)
Kummari, SrinivasaraoSceintific Officersrinivasarao.kummari(at)
Miriyapalli, Abhilash Communication Officerabhilash.m(at)
Jallipalli, KartheekSceintific Officerkarteek.jallipalli(at)
Babu Srikanth Project Site Coordinator srikanth.babu(at)
Ayodyapuram, Srikanth Reddy Research Technicianayodya.srikanth(at)
Buragohain, Priyakshi PhD studentpriyakshi.buragohain(at)
Dubey, Ramashraya Sceintific Officerramashraya.dubey(at)
Amarlapudi, PraveenTeam Leader praveen.amarlapudi(at)
Kaur, DevenderAgronomist/Pathologist devender.kaur(at)
Das, BhimTechnical Officer bhim.das(at)
Bhunia, Manas Kumar Technical Officer manaskumar.bhunia(at)
YashwardhanTechnical Officer yashwardhan(at)
Kumar, BinitTechnical Officer binit.kumar(at)
Mahato, Sheela Technical Officer sheela.mahato(at)
Kumar, Madan Technical Officer madan.kumar(at)
Sharma,DeeptiAdministrative Officer deepti.sharma(at)
Sarika, SwarnaScientific Officerswarna.sarika(at)
Pradhan, Bipin BihariResearch Technicianbipinbihari.pradhan(at)
Mohanta, Pintu Kumar,Research Technicianpintukumar.mohanta(at)
Sahoo, Pradipta KumarResearch Techniciansahoo.pradipta222(at)
Nagaraju, KumarSite Coordinator kumar.nagaraju(at)
Borthakur, Devajit Project Team Leader devajit.borthakur(at)
Chakrovorty,Manoshi Horticulturist-Training manoshi.chakrovorty(at)
Terangpi, RupmiliTechnical Officer rupmili.terangpi(at)
Goswami, RajkumarTechnical Officer rajkumar.goswami(at)
Das, TwaritaTechnical Officer twarita.das(at)
Datta, PorismitaTechnical Officer porismita.dutta(at)
Pegu, SheljaTechnical Officer shelja.pegu(at)
Mavlyanova, Ravza (Uzbekistan)Consultantravza.mavlyanova(at)
Saidov, Nurali (Uzbekistan)Consultantnurali.saidov(at)