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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.


Depenbusch L, Klasen S. 2019. The effect of bigger human bodies on the future global calorie requirements. PLOS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0223188

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

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


WorldVeg plants 2266 accessions of Black Gram in Hyderabad
The Siasat Daily, 26 October 2019

Scientists develop IPM method to combat tomato pest
The Siasat Daily, 25 October 2019

La diversité alimentaire prescrite aux enfants de moins d’un an (page 6)
L’oeil Sahel, 16 October 2019

How to create a successful postharvest center in 5 key steps
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture, 3 October 2019

UK aid to help protect one billion people from impact of extreme weather
UK Gov, 22 September 2019

Many players, one goal – the Green Innovation Centre in India
Rural 21, 2 September 2019


56th Meeting, WorldVeg Board of Directors

The World Vegetable Center Board of Directors held its 56th meeting from 11-20 November 2019 at WorldVeg headquarters in Taiwan.  The board expressed its profound gratitude to the Government of Taiwan for its tremendous support to WorldVeg in general and for the RIM project at WorldVeg Headquarters in Shanhua, Taiwan in particular. Board members endorsed a new research mobilization strategy consisting of three interactive tracks: (i) diversifying and expanding Center income; (ii) positioning WorldVeg as an ‘Open Science Center’; and (iii) establishing a strategic alliance with ‘One CGIAR’. Two new members were appointed to the board: Dr. A.K. Singh (India), Deputy Director General, Horticultural Science Division, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, and Dr. Gordon Rogers (Australia), CEO of Applied Horticultural Research.



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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