|In Brief

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

New office established in Benin

Cotonou, Benin -- The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) signed an agreement today with the Benin Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MFAC) to establish a regional office in the country to serve the horticulture sector in coastal West Africa. The signing took place at MFAC headquarters in Cotonou, where MFAC Secretary General, Ambassador Marc Hermanne Araba signed the agreement with WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis. The new office—World Vegetable Center West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions—is the Center’s fifth regional base worldwide and its third in Africa. It is located on the campus of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Abomey-Calavi, Benin.

2017-09-13T01:15:06+00:00August 28th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Briefing, In Brief, SEP2017, West and Central Africa - Coastal and Humid Regions|

President of African Development Bank Wins 2017 World Food Prize

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, was announced as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agriculture on 26 June 2017. Awarded by the World Food Prize Foundation, the $250,000 prize honors Nigerian Dr. Adesina for his leading role over the past two decades in significantly expanding food production in Nigeria, introducing initiatives to exponentially increase the availability of credit for smallholder farmers across the African continent, and galvanizing the political will to transform African agriculture. The African Development Bank is financing the TAAT (Technology for African Agricultural Transformation) initiative, in which WorldVeg is a participating institution.

2017-06-27T00:05:56+00:00June 26th, 2017|Categories: In Brief|

Partnership with MIT’s CITE

In partnership with MIT D-Lab, the World Vegetable Center, and Mercy Corps, MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) will evaluate vegetable storage technologies in Mali designed to function without the use of electricity where power is either not accessible or not affordable. CITE will focus on measuring technical capabilities through sensor data, as well as conducting interviews and examining the cost effectiveness of each option. -- MORE --

2017-06-09T06:00:13+00:00April 7th, 2017|Categories: In Brief|Tags: |

Prize-winning photo promotes home gardens, seed saving in Tanzania

A photograph of home gardener Bibi Mwanaidi and her grandson with African nightshade seeds Mwanaidi harvested from her garden in Tanzania claimed second place in the Feed the Future 2017 photo contest. Photographer Rhiannon O'Sullivan, a communications volunteer from Australian Volunteers International who worked at WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa in Arusha, Tanzania in 2016, took the photo.

2017-02-27T00:19:24+00:00February 27th, 2017|Categories: Eastern and Southern Africa, In Brief|Tags: , , , |

New AIRCA chair

Professor Sayed Azam-Ali has been elected as the new chair of the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA) for the 2017 - 2018 term. AIRCA is a nine-member alliance focused on increasing global food security by supporting smallholder agriculture within healthy, sustainable and climate-smart landscapes. The World Vegetable Center is one of the founding members of the organization.

2017-02-15T03:23:59+00:00February 15th, 2017|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , |

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+00:00January 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+00:00January 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+00:00December 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+00:00December 1st, 2016|Categories: Articles, In Brief|Tags: , , |