stories from the April 2017 issue of FRESH

Assessing the sustainability of vegetable production practices in northern Ghana

An ethnographic study was conducted in Tamale, Northern Ghana, to understand whether vegetable gardening was a sustainable form of intensification. The study found that urbanization has prompted an increase in the cultivation of highly profitable vegetables like cabbage. However, they are irrigated with grey and waste water while eaten raw. This, and the use of pesticides in high dosages, poses health and environmental hazards.

2017-05-29T08:58:27+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Categories: APR2017, MAY2017, Recent Research|Tags: , |

Characteristics of Colletotrichum populations associated with fruit anthracnose on chili pepper in Fiji

C. simmondsii is the predominant pathogen causing chili fruit anthracnose in Fiji. Sequence variation of additional housekeeping genes should be adopted to further understand the phylogenetic relationship of Colletotrichum species associated with chili fruit anthracnose in Fiji and those present in the other parts of the world.

2017-04-25T05:44:20+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: APR2017, Recent Research|Tags: , , |

Characterization of pre- and postharvest losses of tomato supply chain in Ethiopia

Results indicate that tomato production is being done by relatively young married individuals who have at least primary level education. More than 16% of respondents encounter produce losses due to high incidence of diseases, insect pest and mechanical injuries, each of them accounting for more than 20% of postharvest losses.

2017-04-25T05:40:04+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: APR2017, Recent Research|Tags: , , |

Too much to handle? Pesticide dependence of smallholder vegetable farmers in Southeast Asia

This study aimed to understand farmers' knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding agricultural pest management and synthetic pesticide use in Southeast Asia. Data were used from 900 farm households producing leaf mustard and yard-long bean in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Most farmers were aware of the adverse health effects associated with pesticide use and covered body parts while spraying, but also considered pesticides to be highly effective and indispensable farm inputs.

2017-04-25T05:41:50+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: APR2017, Recent Research|Tags: |

Vegetable genetics for Vietnam

Hoa Thi Le, a researcher from the Plant Resources Center (PRC), Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Science, started a three-month internship at WorldVeg headquarters on 17 April 2017. Funded by the Taiwan Council of Agriculture, she will work on genetics resources for vegetables under the supervision of Roland Schafleitner, Head of Molecular Genetics.

2017-04-25T00:35:53+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: APR2017, Welcome|

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2017-04-25T00:26:57+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: APR2017, Articles|Tags: |