Seed in the spotlight / Scanning for heat tolerance / COVID-19
March / April 2020
Simple methods anyone can use anywhere to produce nutritious food.
The crisis underlines three important points: the importance of science and innovation; the vulnerability of billions of people at the bottom of the pyramid; and the need for more diversified, nutritious, and resilient food systems.
Severe restrictions on the movements of people and goods imposed in recent weeks are having widespread negative effects on the seed industry in the Asia-Pacific region with international seed trade particularly affected, a survey of seed companies finds.
Vegetables are a key source of essential nutrition and play a crucial role in healthy diets. Jody Harris, the World Vegetable Center's Lead Specialist for Food Systems, explains that vegetable production, trade and consumption are particularly affected by COVID-19 because of their highly seasonal nature, high labor needs, perishability, and the need for good storage and distribution logistics—with significant implications for nutrition security.
Omari Hamisi uses a proven marketing method to develop a customer base for his vegetable crops in Pemba.
Experienced legume breeder to guide operations in the region.
Cui et al. 2020. Whole-genome sequencing provides insights into the genetic diversity and domestication of bitter gourd (Momordica spp.) HORTICULTURE RESEARCH. 7:85. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41438-020-0305-52020
Romera-Branchat, M., Severing, E., Pocard, C., Ohr, H., Vincent, C., Née, G., Martinez-Gallegos, R., Jang, S., Andrés, F., Madrigal, P., Coupland, G.* (2020) Functional divergence of the Arabidopsis florigen-interacting bZIP transcription factors FD and FDP. CELL REPORTS 31(9): 107717.
Guimapi, R.A.; Srinivasan, R.; Tonnang, H.E.; Sotelo-Cardona, P.; Mohamed, S.A. 2020. Exploring the mechanisms of the spatiotemporal invasion of Tuta absoluta in Asia. AGRICULTURE. 10(4):124. PDF
Lee, J.; Moon, S.; Jang, S.; Lee, S.; An, G.; Jung, K.-H.; Park, S.K. 2020. OsbHLH073 negatively regulates internode elongation and plant height by modulating GA homeostasis in rice. PLANTS. 9(4):547. PDF
Nordey, T.; Ochieng, J.; Ernest, Z.; Mlowe, N.; Mosha, I.; Fernandes, P. 2020. Is vegetable cultivation under low tunnels a profitable alternative to pesticide use? The case of cabbage cultivation in northern Tanzania. CROP PROTECTION. 134:105169. PDF
van Zonneveld, M.; Turmel, M.-S.; Hellin, J. 2020. Decision-making to diversify farm systems for climate change adaptation. FRONTIERS IN SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS. 4:32. PDF
van Zonneveld M, Rakha M, Tan SY, Chou YY, Chang CH, Yen JY, Schafleitner R, Nair R, Naito K, Solberg SØ. 2020. Mapping patterns of abiotic and biotic stress resilience uncovers conservation gaps and breeding potential of Vigna wild relatives. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. 10:2111. PDF
Khoury, C.K.; Carver, D.; Barchenger, D.W.; Barboza, G.E.; van Zonneveld, M.; Jarret, R.; Bohs, L.; Kantar, M.; Uchanski, M.; Mercer, K.; Nabhan, G.P.; Bosland, P.W.; Greene, S.L. 2019. Modelled distributions and conservation status of the wild relatives of chile peppers (Capsicum L.). DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS. online. PDF
Shrestha RM, Schreinemachers P, Nyangmi MG, Sah M, Phuong J, Manandhar S, Yang RY. 2020. Home-grown school feeding: assessment of a pilot program in Nepal. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH. 20:28. PDF
HAVE YOU READ…
2020 Global Nutrition Report The 2020 Global Nutrition Report looks beyond global and national patterns, revealing significant inequalities in nutrition outcomes within countries and populations. Based on the best-available data, in-depth analysis and expert opinion rooted in evidence, the report identifies critical actions to achieve nutrition equity.
- 2019 Annual Report: Take a look at our R&D activities in the 2019 Annual Report and you’ll discover that WorldVeg’s commitment to healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods has never been stronger!
Vegetables and Climate Change: Pathways to Resilience. For the past five decades, the World Vegetable Center has conducted research to improve vegetable varieties and production systems adapted to the high temperatures and weather extremes in tropical and sub-tropical regions with significant achievements and impact. This position paper explains how WorldVeg is well positioned to expand its research portfolio to develop climate change adaptation and mitigation options along the vegetable value chain.
International vegetable breeding: A strategy to create development impact at scale. This document reflects the current thinking within the World Vegetable Center on how our breeding research can contribute to realizing the potential of vegetables for healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods.
Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables: Vegetables are increasingly recognized as essential for food and nutrition security. Vegetable consumption must be nurtured through a combination of supply-side interventions and behavioral change communication emphasizing the importance of eating vegetables for good nutrition and health.
new dates! 8-10 September 2020
new dates! 8-12 November 2020
Power on Your Plate: An All-Africa Summit on Diversifying Food Systems with African Traditional Vegetables to Increase Health, Nutrition and Wealth
new dates! 25-28 January 2021
29 March – 1 April 2021
26-30 April 2021
new dates! 7-11 March 2022
San Juan, Argentina
POWER ON YOUR PLATE: An All-Africa Summit on Diversifying Food Systems with African Traditional Vegetables to Increase Health, Nutrition and Wealth
25-28 January 2021
WORLDVEG IN THE NEWS
New plan aims to unlock TZ’s horticulture industry potential
The Citizen, 29 June 2020
Africa racing against time to save genetic resources for food security
The East African, 20 June 2020
Asia-Pacific seed trade reeling from COVID-19 lockdown
APSA, 17 April 2020
Diets in a time of coronavirus: Don’t let vegetables fall off the plate
IFPRI, 13 April 2020
Sprouting a new market through mungbean research
Partners in Research for Development, ACIAR, Issue 1/2020
5 myths preventing progress in nutrition
Devex, 31 March 2020
Derek Barchenger, Kathy Chen, Jody Harris, Regine Kamga, Seok-beom-Kang, George Kuo, Vanna Liu, Maureen Mecozzi, Ralph Roothaert, Roland Schafleitner, Pepijn Schreinemachers, Marco Wopereis
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)