stories from the January 2017 issue of FRESH
World Vegetable Center Director General Marco Wopereis met with Dr. Chongrak Wachrinrat, Acting President, Kasetsart University (KU) on 9 December 2016 to discuss opportunities for strengthened collaboration. The Center’s East and Southeast Asia office is embedded in KU, with a presence on two campuses. -- MORE --
To enhance availability of vegetables to ethnic communities (Thai, H’mong, Tay, Ede, Jo Jrai, and Kinh) in Vietnam’s Northwest and Central Highlands, the World Vegetable Center conducted six Trainer of Trainers courses and two Farmer Field Schools to create awareness about nutrition and health issues, and to help residents start home gardens and learn cultivation techniques for diverse vegetable crops. -- MORE --
Edwin Burnell Oyer, international professor emeritus in vegetable crops, died on 15 November 2016. He was 89 years old. In 1972, Oyer was a founder of the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (now the World Vegetable Center) in Taiwan, where he served as deputy director for research until 1974. He then returned to Cornell to direct the International Agriculture Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), a position he held until 1992.
Ponnam Naresh joined WorldVeg HQ on 23 January 2017 as a Visiting Scientist to work in pepper breeding and biotechnology.
The WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia team enjoyed a one-day retreat at Lake Heaven, Kanchanaburi, Thailand on 15 December 2016. WorldVeg Socioeconomist Pepijn Schreinemachers took this opportunity to travel from his current base in Chiang Mai to introduce himself and participate in the fun. The group took on diverse terrestrial and aquatic team challenges, with the water slide dividing the brave from the sensible. Physical and mental abilities of teams were tested and it was perhaps not surprising that the competitive team led by super-fit Cucurbit Breeder Narinder Dhillon triumphed in the end. Games of boules, volleyball, and challenges with balloons, hoops and eggs (ingeniously designed by Ying and O) produced other team and individual successes. This was a rewarding day that allowed everyone to relax after a year of hard work and to enjoy each other's company in the true Thai sense of teamwork and fun (Sanuk; สนุก)!
Pishayapa Thongmalai from Thailand, a graduate student at National Chung Hsing University, arrived at WorldVeg headquarters in December 2016 for an 18-month internship under the supervision of Entomologist Srini Ramasamy.
As the country's horticulture sector begins to develop, WorldVeg and partners find new openings for growth.
Sabyasachi Dhala was appointed as a Research Technician on 15 December 2016 and is based at Tomka in Odisha.
SrinivasaRao joined WorldVeg South Asia as Scientific Officer – Farm Services on 2 January 2017 and is based at regional headquarters in Hyderabad.