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September/October 2019

Pius Wilbard sharpened his crop production skills through Farmer Field Schools hosted by the Africa RISING project in Tanzania, and saw his income rise as a result.


Learning how to screen

A group of young plant pathologists attended a two-week training course at WorldVeg headquarters to immerse themselves in best practices for sample collection and pest and disease diagnosis.

What is a vegetable?

Ever tried to come up with a definition of vegetables? Esteemed WorldVeg researchers give it a try.

Connecting Africa and Japan

The 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) reviewed the current state of agricultural research in Africa.

  • Elias Shen (right) with the son of an amaranth farmer.

Thanks for your support!

UK aid and the British people understand the importance of producing safe, nutritious and diverse crops for healthy diets as climates change—and are providing the support to make it happen.

Using water wisely

Farmers tapped WorldVeg experts for a stream of knowledge on best irrigation and pest management practices.


Dinssa FF, Hanson P, Ledesma DR, Minja R, Mbwambo O, Tilya MS, Stoilova T. 2019. Yield of vegetable amaranth in diverse Tanzanian production environments. HORTTECHNOLOGY. 29(4):516-527. PDF

de Sousa K, van Zonneveld M, Holmgren M, Kindt R, Ordoñez JC. 2019. The future of coffee and cocoa agroforestry in a warmer Mesoamerica. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. 9:8828. PDF

Dhillon NPS, Sanguansil S, Srimat S, Laenoi S, Schafleitner R, Pitrat M, and McCreight JD. 2019. Inheritance of resistance to cucurbit powdery mildew in bitter gourd. HortScience 54 (6): 1013-1016

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POWER ON YOUR PLATE: An All-Africa Summit on Diversifying Food Systems with African Traditional Vegetables to Increase Health, Nutrition and Wealth

25-28 May 2020
Arusha, Tanzania


New prospects for Odisha

A proposal on sustainable improvement of rural livelihoods through vegetable cultivation and value addition was approved by the Ministry of Panchayat Raj and Drinking Water Department, Government of Odisha, India on 20 September 2019. The World Vegetable Center will work with the Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM) to introduce vegetable seed hubs and protected cultivation methods, improve nursery production practices, adopt postharvest practices to reduce losses and increase value addition, and strengthen value chains for tomato, chili, onion and eggplant. WorldVeg Plant Physiologist Dr. Bindumadhava HanumanthaRao will be the project’s principal investigator.  More than 65% of Odisha’s population depends on agriculture for their livelihoods. Small-scale farmers make up 90% of the state’s farming community, with average landholdings of 1.15 hectares.



PVL Bharathi, Jessica Baidoo, Paola Sotelo Cardona, Takemore Chagomoka (Seed Co.), Kathy Chen, Dickson Desire, Narinder Dhillon, Fekadu Dnissa, Inviolate Dominick, Judith Honfoga,  Miyuki Iiyama (MAFF), Hannah Jaenicke (ZEF), Wubetu Bihon Legesse, Vanna Liu, James Mayer (Oregon State University), Jim McCreight (USDA), Raphael Mallogo, Maureen Mecozzi, Sognigbe N’Danikou, Justus Ochieng, Abhay Kumar Pandey, Pepijn Schreinemachers, Wolfram Spreer, Abdul Rasheed War, Marco Wopereis, Sopana Yule, Paul Alhassan Zaato.


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


We need to recommit to the Global Goals and bring a renewed sense of urgency to the effort of building a world in which everyone can be hopeful about the future. Dr. Rajiv Shah, Rockefeller Foundation

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