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April 2018

Going to seed

(left to right) WorldVeg Deputy Director General David Johnson, Business Development Manager at Seed Co. (and WorldVeg alumnus) Takemore Chagomoka, and Plant Breeder Mohamed Rakha share a moment at the AFTSA Congress.

At the recent 2018 African Seed Trade Association Congress in Cairo, a WorldVeg team finds like-minded companies ready to expand seed choices and increase seed quality for Africa’s farmers

Seed is the essential agricultural input—and the World Vegetable Center is committed to ensuring Africa’s farmers have access to seed of varieties that can tolerate heat, drought, and flooding, resist pests and diseases, and produce good yields of nutritious and tasty vegetables.

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Pepper preview

A field day for a crop that’s essential to the flavor of India.

Hub tour

A team of WorldVeg staff fanned out across Mali to assess field conditions at several group training locations.

Know the enemy

Correctly identifying pests and diseases is the first step in safe control.

Handle with care, eat with gusto!

A light touch at harvest and a bit of culinary skill transform vegetables into nutritious, delicious dishes.

Traditional vegetables capture attention in Cotonou

Visitors to the WorldVeg office in Benin find vegetable crops thriving in the Demonstration Garden.

A safe place for seed

WorldVeg joined the celebrations for the 10th Anniversary of the Svalbard Seed Vault in Norway.

Largest WorldVeg projects in India inaugurated

Two new WorldVeg projects seek broad-based transformation of the agricultural sector in Jharkhand and Assam, India.

New home for WorldVeg Mali

On Friday, 2 March 2018, WorldVeg officially opened its new building for West and Central Africa - Dry Regions in Bamako, Mali. Director General Marco Wopereis was on hand to help Mali's Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Nango Dembele, cut the ribbon.  





WSU alum awarded for career working to end hunger, malnutrition
Washington State University, 23 March 2018

Hypoglycemic effect of fasting blood sugar
Medizin am Abend (German), 17 March 2018

花蓮場南瓜新品種 [友旺]種子即將上市 (Disease-resistant pumpkin variety “Hualien AVRDC No. 2 – Hope” coming soon)
News & Market, 17 March 2018

Farmers, scientists and government design recipes for resilient and profitable agriculture in Karnataka
ICRISAT newsletter, 16 March 2018

Pre-Columbian people spread fruit across Latin America
Ars Technica, 14 March 2018

Recherche agricole: WORLDVEG SE LOGE DE NEUF
L’ESSOR, 5 March 2018


Remembering Dr. Yang

Charles Yu-di Yang, age 86, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018 at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. In 1972, Dr. Yang accepted an offer from the Rockefeller Foundation to be the Senior Pathologist at the Asian Vegetable Research & Development Center (AVRDC). In 1980, he moved to Thailand to lead the AVRDC outreach program there. During his 17 years in Thailand, Charles developed the outreach program literally from the ground up.  He got the funding to build the research center and training facilities; hired and managed the staff; oversaw the construction of the buildings; and developed, implemented and directed the training program for nearly 400 scholars from 18 countries around the world.


Agbessenou, A.; Tounou, A.K.; Dannon, E.A.; Datinon, B.; Agboton, C.; Srinivasan, R.; Pittendrigh, B.R.; Tamò, M. 2018. Influence of rearing substrates and nontarget hosts on the bionomics of the tachinid parasitoid Nemorilla maculosa (Diptera: Tachinidae). ENVIRONMENTAL ENTOMOLOGY. 47(2):356-363. PDF

Tata Ngome, P.I.; Afari-Sefa, V.; Ntsomboh-Ntsefong, G.; Okolle, J.; Billa, S.F.; Moma, C.; Atemkeng Fonji, M.; Ngome, A.F. 2018. Investigating strategies for sustainable vegetable food crop system in three agro ecological zones of the humid tropics area of Cameroon. AFRICAN STUDY MONOGRAPHS. 39(1):27-46. PDF

Saidov, N.; Srinivasan, R.; Mavlyanova, R.; Qurbonov, Z. 2018. First report of invasive South American tomato leaf miner Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in Tajikistan. FLORIDA ENTOMOLOGIST. 101(1):147-149. PDF

Srinivasan, R.; Malini, P.; Othim, S.T.O. 2018. Fall armyworm in Africa: which ‘race’ is in the race, and why does it matter? CURRENT SCIENCE. 114(1):27-28. PDF

Chang, J.C.; Srinivasan, R. 2018. Transcriptome analysis in the beet webworm, Spoladea recurvalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). INSECT SCIENCE. 25(1):33-44. PDF

Dhillon, N.P.S.; Sanguansil, S.; Srimat, S.; Schafleitner, R.; Manjunath, B.; Agarwal, P.; Xiang, Q.; Mohammed A.M.; Myint, T.; Hanh, N.T.; Cuong, T.K.; Balatero, C.H.; Salutan-Bautista, V.; Pitrat, M.; Lebeda, A.; McCreight, J.D. 2018. Cucurbit powdery mildew-resistant bitter gourd breeding lines reveal four races of Podosphaera xanthii in Asia. HORTSCIENCE. 53(3):337-341. PDF

van Zonneveld, M.; Larranaga, N.; Blonder, B.; Coradin, L.; Hormaza, J.I.; Hunter, D. 2018. Human diets drive range expansion of megafauna-dispersed fruit species.  PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Online. PDF

van Zonneveld, M.; Thomas, E.; Castañeda‐Álvarez,, N.P.; Damme, V.V.; Alcazar, C.; Loo, J.; Scheldeman, X. 2018. Tree genetic resources at risk in South America: A spatial threat assessment to prioritize populations for conservation. DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS. Online. PDF

Kansiime, M.K.; Karanja, D.K.; Alokit, C.; Ochieng, J. 2018. Derived demand for African indigenous vegetable seed: implications for farmer-seed entrepreneurship development. INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT REVIEW. Online. PDF

Krawinkel, M.B.; Ludwig, C.; Swai, M.E.; Yang, R.Y.; Chun, K.P.; Habicht, S.D. 2018. Bitter gourd reduces elevated fasting plasma glucose levels in an intervention study among prediabetics in Tanzania. JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY. online. PDF

Sogbohossou, E.O.D.; Achigan-Dako, E.G.; Maundu, P.; Solberg, S.; Deguenon, E.M.S.; Mumm, R.H.; Hale, I.; Deynze, A.V.; Schranz, M.E. 2018. A roadmap for breeding orphan leafy vegetable species: A case study of Gynandropsis gynandra (Cleomaceae). HORTICULTURE RESEARCH. 5:2. PDF


Largest WorldVeg projects in India inaugurated

Two new WorldVeg projects seek broad-based transformation of the agricultural sector in Jharkhand and Assam, India.


RECENT VISITORS 5 February 2018: Reporter Yu-jie Huang from Taiwan Television Enterprise (TTV) TV visited WorldVeg HQ to shoot a TV program “Hotline Tracking”. She interviewed Yin-Fu Chang, Deputy Director General, Administration [...]


Dr. Paola Andrea Sotelo-Cardona has joined WorldVeg as a Scientist in Entomology. Paola received her PhD in Entomology from Kansas State University, USA in 2010. Prior joining WorldVeg she was a researcher at the Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research (CORPOICA) in Colombia and worked in the Applied Entomology group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Switzerland. Her research interests include biology and ecology of insect pests; integrated pest management; host plant resistance; research methodologies in entomology and plant breeding; application of statistical methods to insect ecology; and chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions. She collaborates with WorldVeg Lead Entomologist and Flagship Program Leader -- Safe and Sustainable Value Chains, Dr. Srinivasan Ramasamy.

Dr. Tae-Cheol Seo, a research scientist with the Vegetable Research Division of the National Institute of Horticultural & Herbal Science (NIHHS), Rural Development Administration, Republic of Korea, studies the physiology of vegetable crops, in particular, Capsicum spp.—an important crop in Korea. Dr. Seo has been seconded to WorldVeg from the NIHHS for a term of two years (2018-2020) to evaluate and select pepper genetic resources tolerant to heat and waterlogging. He previously held a research position with the NIHHS Protected Horticulture Experimental Station.


Bola Amoke Awotide, Derek Barchenger, Kathy Chen, Warwick Easdown, Judith Honfoga, David Johnson, Regine Kamga, Mei-ying Lin, Vanna Liu, Hassan Mdinga, Kabirou Ndiaye, Justus Ocheing, Paola Sotelo, Maarten van Zonneveld


Support for World Vegetable Center activities provided by project donors and the following strategic long-term donors:

  • Republic of China (ROC)
  • UK aid
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
  • Germany
  • Thailand
  • Philippines
  • Korea
  • Japan


In Africa, six out of 10 women depend on the land for their livelihoods, they must have access to the means of production―the land itself. If we are going to have development across the globe, women need equal access to the land. ― Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

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