West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions


Farmers conducted their own field trials and collected data.

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World Vegetable Center
West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions
IITA-Benin Campus, 08 BP 0932 Tri Postal
Cotonou, Benin

(Benin) +229-6418-1313; +229-6418-1414, Ext. 402;


World Vegetable Center
West and Central Africa
Liaison Office Cameroon
P.O. Box 2008 Messa
Yaoundé, Cameroon

T: +237 2210 8448
F: +237 2223 7437



The Center’s African regional program began in 1992 in Arusha, northern Tanzania. Today WorldVeg has professional research and development staff working across Africa on important vegetable crops such as tomato, pepper, onion and cabbage, as well as a range of African traditional vegetables, and partners with more than 40 national institutions and many international organizations.

The Center operates three regional bases in Africa: in Benin for West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions (established in 2017), in Mali for West and Central Africa – Dry Regions (2014) and in Tanzania for Eastern and Southern Africa (1992). There is a liaison office in Cameroon to reach into sub-Saharan Africa with improved vegetable varieties and production technologies.

A happy harvest: Amy has introduced friends to the delicious taste of African nightshade leaves.

The vegetable sector in sub-Saharan Africa is severely underdeveloped and vegetable consumption is extremely low. In Africa’s diverse agroclimatic zones, there is enormous potential for smallholder farmers to produce numerous vegetable crops for domestic and international markets.

Vegetables are often the most important source of cash income for smallholder farmers, and indigenous vegetables provide an important source of nutrition, particularly for poor people. New varieties and improved management methods have been developed and extended through training programs for research and extension workers and smallholder farmers.


New varieties for Cameroon

The World Vegetable Center is pleased to announce that 12 vegetable varieties—including 9 traditional vegetables—have been registered in Cameroon’s official catalog of varieties.


Email address
Afari-sefa, Victor (Benin)Regional Directorvictor.afari-sefa(at)worldveg.org
Azoma, Komla (Benin)Training and Outreach Assistantkomla.azoma(at)worldveg.org
Chendjou, Ronal (Cameroon)Research Assistantronal.chendjou(at)worldveg.org
Gawum, Emily (Cameroon)Research Assistantemily.gawum(at)worldveg.org
Honfoga, Judith Yenoukoume Firmine Ayina (Benin)Research Assistant - Agronomistjudith.honfoga(at)worldveg.org
Kamga, Regine (Cameroon)Research Assistantregine.kamga(at)worldveg.org
Mbita, Viviane (Cameroon)Administrative and Finance Assistantviviane.mbita(at)worldveg.org
Olanipekun, Caleb Ibukun (Nigeria) Junior Agronomistcaleb.olanipekun(at)worldveg.org
Pousseu, Lyliane (Cameroon)Research Assistantlyliane.pousseu(at)worldveg.org
Vido, Roselyne Houeto Epse (Benin)Administrative Assistantroselyne.houeto-vido(at)worldveg.org
Yakubu, Abdul-Lateef (Ghana)Research Assistant - Agronomyabdul-lateef.yakubu(at)worldveg.org