SOUTH ASIA

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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

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

SOUTH ASIA UPDATE

International Mungbean Improvement Network

Learn more about the network and its outcomes, which will help to unlock the potential of mungbean to improve system productivity and livelihoods.

Impact and cost-effectiveness of women’s training in home gardening and nutrition in Bangladesh

This study quantifies the impact and cost-effectiveness of training poor rural women in Bangladesh in home gardening and nutrition. We find that the intervention significantly (p < 0.01) increased vegetable production (+16.5 g/person/day), vegetable consumption and the micronutrient supply from the garden.

Pulse progress

On behalf of the World Vegetable Center, Legume Breeder Ram Nair signed a memorandum of agreement between the Center and the Government of Odisha, India on 23 July 2016 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha to support the project “Improving mungbean and urdbean productivity in Odisha state.” P. K. Meherda, Commissioner cum Director, Directorate of Agriculture and Food Production, Government of Odisha, signed for Odisha.

Salinity and High Temperature Tolerance in Mungbean

Biotic and abiotic constraints seriously affect the productivity of agriculture worldwide. This review focuses on salinity and HT stresses on mungbean grown as a fallow crop (mungbean-rice-wheat to replace fallow-rice-wheat) and/or a relay crop in cereal cropping systems.

staff-south-asia

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

Abhay K. Pandey, Visiting Scientist – Pathology
abhaykumar.pandey(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

Reetanjali Meher, Scientific Officer
reetanjali.meher(at)worldveg.org

Niranjan Tripathy, Research Technician
niranjan.tripathy(at)orldveg.org

Ratikanta Nayak, Research Technician
ratikanta.nayak(at)worldveg.org

TapanKumar Pattanaik, Research Technician
tapankumar.pattanaik(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