|In Brief

Announcements and short news items about activities at the Center or elsewhere

APSA and WorldVeg sign agreement

The Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA) and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) signed an agreement on 7 December 2016 in Bangkok for the development and testing of new climate-versatile tomatoes, peppers and cucurbits. The “APSA and World Vegetable Center Consortium” agreement was signed by APSA Executive Director Heidi Gallant and WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis. Representatives of leading seed and plant breeding enterprises, including Chia Tai, Lion Seeds, Dynamic Seeds, EastWest Seed and Kasetsart University attended the signing. -- MORE --

2017-02-16T05:59:21+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Categories: Articles, East and Southeast Asia, In Brief, JAN2017, Latest News|Tags: |

WorldVeg staffer wins postharvest award

WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa Postharvest Research Associate/Nutritionist Roseline Marealle recently received the 2016 Kader Award for Postharvest Training from the Postharvest Education Foundation. The foundation presents the award to an outstanding graduate e-learner or a team of e-learners after the successful completion of a year of training on commodity systems assessment, small-scale postharvest handling practices, postharvest demonstration design, postharvest training program design, and cost/benefit analysis. -- MORE --

2017-02-16T06:01:32+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Eastern and Southern Africa, In Brief, JAN2017|Tags: , |

Project Manager, Mali

Omar Diouf is the new Project Manager for the Mali Horticulture Scaling Project. Dr. Diouf, a Senegalese national, holds a PhD degree in plant physiology and agrotechnology from the University of Brussels, Belgium.

2017-01-25T05:07:50+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Categories: In Brief|Tags: |

Honored by Queen and Country

Dr. Dyno Keatinge, former Director General of the World Vegetable Center, will receive an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his “services to tropical agriculture and the reduction of both poverty and malnutrition in the developing world,” the British Foreign Office announced on December 31, 2016. He was recommended for the award for his work with the world’s foremost research and development institution for the improvement of vegetables. -- MORE --

2017-01-26T00:58:55+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Categories: Articles, In Brief|Tags: , , |

Colors to honor the King

The World Vegetable Center, in collaboration with the Tropical Vegetable Research Center at Kasetsart University, will provide 250 seed kits and books to local farmers in remembrance of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The kits will contribute towards his majesty's "New Theory in Agriculture" by providing high-quality vegetable seeds to create self-reliant farmers. Each kit contains 9 species of 7 different colors (with 7 unique nutrient profiles) to produce a beautiful, health-promoting garden, as well as a book on how to save the seed of each species.

2016-12-01T04:51:12+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Categories: East and Southeast Asia, In Brief|Tags: , , |

Marco Wopereis: “Our work is now more important than ever”

During the official opening of the new addition to the World Vegetable Center South Asia building in Hyderabad, India on 18 October 2016, the Director General addressed the Center's regional role in vegetable productivity, new technology to benefit small-scale producers, and the need to overcome malnutrition, especially among women and children.

2016-10-25T06:05:09+00:00 October 20th, 2016|Categories: In Brief, South Asia|Tags: |

Taiwan Seed Industry Development Forum

Twelve Taiwan seed companies met with World Vegetable Center staff and members of the Taiwan Council of Agriculture, Food and Fertilizer Technology Center, and the Taiwan Seed Trade Association on 3 October 2016 at WorldVeg headquarters to seek out areas for collaboration. WorldVeg staff learned about the research priorities of Taiwan seed companies, and seed companies were introduced to the Center's vital role in international agriculture, particularly in Africa and other parts of Asia. The forum aimed to facilitate knowledge sharing, opportunities for regional field trials, and transfer of the Center's research products to Taiwan vegetable producers.

2016-10-22T04:50:12+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , , |

Global Action Plan for Agricultural Diversification (GAPAD) webinar

The Global Action Plan for Agricultural Diversification (GAPAD) is an initiative to support the United Nation Sustainability Development Agenda 2030. Agricultural diversification will expand current food systems through increasing species diversity and creating a more resilient agriculture ecosystem that includes new crops for food and non-food uses. The GAPAD SDG 2 (Sustainable Development Goal 2) Webinar on 20 September 2016 at 11.00 am (East African Time) will stimulate the discussion on ending hunger and achieving food security. Please REGISTER for the webinar.

2016-10-22T04:50:19+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , , |

Bitter Gourd Open Field Days

The World Vegetable Center will showcase its collection of better bitter gourd breeding lines during Bitter Gourd Open Field Days, 21 August – 6 September 2016 at the World Vegetable Center East and Southeast Asia/Oceania Research and Training Station, Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen, Thailand. Cucurbit breeders and plant pathologists from seed companies and public institutes are invited to come to our experimental plots to examine nearly 400 advanced breeding lines. These lines belong to different market segments popular with growers and consumers in different regions of Asia. Lines have been bred for improved yield and fruit quality and resistance to diseases such as powdery mildew, Cercospora leaf spot, and viruses using a broader gene pool derived from the global collection of bitter gourd maintained at the WorldVeg genebank. For more information and to arrange your visit, please contact Narinder Dhillon, Global Cucurbit Breeder, World Vegetable Center (narinder.dhillon@worldveg.org).

2016-10-22T04:50:20+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Categories: East and Southeast Asia, In Brief|Tags: , , |

Boosting the vegetable sector in Africa

Africa’s growing cities increasingly seek safe and reliable sources of quality vegetables. A vibrant agri-food sector in rural and peri-urban areas can tap into this demand to provide wholesome and affordable food for city dwellers—and in the process, fight malnutrition, create employment, and reduce poverty on-farm. This message was at the heart of a keynote presentation delivered by Marco Wopereis, World Vegetable Center Director General, on 8 August 2016 during the 3rd All-Africa Horticultural Congress at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Participants from across the continent gathered at the IITA campus to present ideas, explore options, and address bottlenecks for exploiting horticulture’s potential to expand and enhance local economies and livelihoods.

2016-10-22T04:50:21+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Categories: In Brief, Latest News|Tags: , , |