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MOU with SEARCA / World Food Prize / School gardens in Indonesia

Nov – Dec 2018

Never underestimate THE POWER OF PRODUCE

As the demand for healthier diets expands around the world, farmers and businesses can tap vegetables to help fulfill this most basic and essential of human needs.

At a packed meeting room in Des Moines, Iowa, intriguing conversations buzzed about the role of vegetables and fruits in improving nutrition and providing income-generating opportunities around the world.



Never underestimate THE POWER OF PRODUCE

Human health and the health of our planet must be at the center of how we produce and consume food. A special side event at the 2018 World Food Prize Borlaug International Symposium mapped a way forward.

New MOU with NCKU

Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University and the World Vegetable Center are ready to work together to engage students in bioscience research to improve lives and livelihoods worldwide.


Sikirou, Rachidatou, Marie-Epiphane Eyinkitin Akinni Dossoumou, Bruno Zocli, Victor Afari-Sefa, Judith Honfoga, Komla Azoma, Jaw-rong Chen, Mathews L Paret, and Wubetu Legesse. 2018. First Report of Bacterial Wilt of Amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus) Caused by Ralstonia solanacearum in Benin. PLANT DISEASE. https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-07-18-1140-PDN.

Srinivasan, Ramasamy, Paola Sotelo, Mei-ying Lin, Heng Chhun Hy, Kang Sareth, and Sarika Sor. 2018. Development and Validation of an Integrated Pest Management Strategy for the Control of Major Insect Pests on Yard-Long Bean in Cambodia. CROP PROTECTION. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2018.10.015.

Thi, Minh Hang Bui, and Pepijn Schreinemachers. 2018. Livelihood Changes of Affected Households under Resource Scarcity: The Son La Hydropower Project in Vietnam. KASETSART JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.kjss.2018.08.004.

Mariyono, Joko, Hanik A Dewi, Putu B Daroini, Evy Latifah, Abu Z Zakariya, and Victor Afari-Sefa. 2018. Marketing Aspects of Vegetables: Comparative Study of Four Regions in East Java and Bali. JURNAL SOSIAL EKONOMI DAN KEBIJAKAN PERTANIAN. https://doi.org/10.21107/agriekonomika.v7i1.3410.

Naresh, Ponnam, Shih-wen Lin, Chen-yu Lin, Yen-wei Wang, Roland Schafleitner, Andrzej Kilian, and Sanjeet Kumar. 2018. Molecular Markers Associated to Two Non-Allelic Genic Male Sterility Genes in Peppers (Capsicum annuum L.). FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01343.




  • Strengthening AIRCA monitoring and evaluation systems (October 2018). Written by monitoring and evaluation (M&E) specialists of the Association of International Research Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA), this paper aims to strengthening the M&E systems of individual centers within AIRCA by identifying experiences and best practices. It concludes with 10 key lessons for M&E systems.

  • Evaporative cooling technologies for improved vegetable storage in Mali. (August 2018) WorldVeg and the MIT D-Lab investigated the potential for non-electric evaporative cooling devices to address post-harvest vegetable storage challenges in rural Mali.

  • Mungbean production manual (April 2018) Basic methods for producing a valuable legume crop. In Urdu and English.
  • Vegetable Nursery and Tomato Seedling Management Guide (January 2018) The production of good quality seedlings is essential for higher yields and improved crop quality. This well-illustrated manual explains the process.

  • Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables (September 2017) This groundbreaking review by Pepijn Schreinemachers, Emmy B. Simmons, and Marco Wopereis points to the urgent need for greater public and private investment in vegetable crop research. Global Food Security, 4 September 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2017.09.005

6-9 May 2019
Taichung, Taiwan



RECENT VISITORS: Find out who's been exploring the world of vegetables at the World Vegetable Center.


Adidjatou Olouwatoï Radji joined WorldVeg as an Administrative Assistant at WorldVeg West and Central Africa - Coastal & Humid Regions in Cotonou, Benin. She holds a MS in Law/General Administration and International Relations and a BA in English Language from Abomey-Calavi University, Benin. Adidjatou previously worked as an executive assistant at VSP Africa, administrative and human resource assistant at Tolaro Global, and also as a translator and interpreter at the Benin Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Herbaud Phanuel Fortunat Zohoungbogbo (Research Assistant: Plant Breeding) has joined the team at WorldVeg West and Central Africa Coastal & Humid Regions in Cotonou, Benin. in 2017 Herbaud received his MSc in Genetics and Plant Breeding from the Department of Genetics and Biotechnology at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. His research interest is the development of improved crop varieties that are economically efficient and sustainable, both in quality and yield, especially under limiting environments.


Amy Chen, Kathy Chen, Narinder Dhillon, Thomas Dubois, Nadine Kwazi, Vanna Liu, Ram Nair, Caleb Ibukun Olanipekun, Mohamed Rakha, Marco Wopereis, Ray-yu Yang


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


“I attribute my health to the African indigenous vegetables that I grew up consuming.” Betty Bugusu, Director of Purdue University’s Food Processing Innovation Lab, at the 2018 World Food Prize Borlaug International Symposium, 17-19 October, Des Moines, Iowa USA

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