Top crops for India / Seed industry needs assessed / Improving amaranth
WorldVeg and Taiwan to participate in Svalbard Seed Vault 10th anniversary
More than 1000 samples of 21 vegetable species from the WorldVeg genebank headed for storage in the global seed facility
2018 is a special year for the Svalbard Seed Vault in Norway. This long-term seed storage facility to protect the world’s agricultural diversity and heritage—known to some as the “Doomsday Vault” because it was built to withstand natural or man-made disasters—will celebrate its 10th anniversary on 26-27 February 2018.
Nutritious and easy to grow, amaranth is a healthy and profitable crop for small-scale farmers.
Partners and donors are beginning to take notice of WorldVeg West and Central Africa – Coastal & Humid Regions in Cotonou, Benin.
The experience of WorldVeg in Cameroon has sparked interest for an initiative to build seed systems in the Central African Republic.
Plant breeders from across the subcontinent who want to keep up with advancements in the discipline shared their training needs with WorldVeg.
These beans mean business and better nutrition for farmers and consumers in Cambodia and Lao PDR.
The alliance continues to facilitate uptake of the latest technology among farmers and stakeholders.
HAVE YOU READ…
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
Guidelines for Innovation Platforms in Agricultural Research for Development (June 2017) by Marc Shut et al. This publication provides a critical analysis of Innovation Platforms, their defining features, key functions, and what they can — and cannot — do.
7 Steps to Connecting Farmers to New Markets: A Practical Guide (June 2017). This 16-page guide outlines the “7 Steps of Value Chain Thinking” for farmers to follow to compete on their skills and the quality of their products, rather than offering the lowest price.
Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Moringa (May 2017) WorldVeg and partners hosted a symposium in 2015 to explore the many uses and benefits of Moringa, the multi-purpose tree. Acta Horticulturae 1158.
WORLDVEG IN THE NEWS
Tomato is India’s second most important vegetable crop, next to potato. And now ‘Arka Rakshak’, a new F1 fresh market and processing tomato hybrid with resistance to three major tomato diseases, is available for farmers eager to supply India’s growing demand. The variety was developed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) by crossing one of their advanced breeding lines with an advanced breeding line sourced from the World Vegetable Center. Tomato leaf curl virus, bacterial wilt and early blight are among the most difficult tomato diseases to manage as there are no chemical treatments available to stop their spread. Building resistance into a variety is the most effective -- and cost-effective -- approach to tomato disease management. ‘Arka Rakshak’ produces medium to large (80-100 g), deep red, very firm fruits with good keeping quality (15-20 days) and transportability. Farmers can expect yields of 90-100 t/ha. WorldVeg provides the important breeding materials partners need to produce vigorous, pest-and disease-resistant varieties with tolerance to heat, drought, flooding and other environmental conditions farmers typically encounter in the field. Congratulations to IIHR!
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
Arafa, R.A., Rakha, M.T., Soliman, N.E.K., Moussa, O.M., Kamel, S.M., Shirasawa, K. 2017. Rapid identification of candidate genes for resistance to tomato late blight disease using next-generation sequencing technologies. PLoS ONE. 12(12): e0189951. PDF
Fischer, G.; Gramzow, A.; Laizer, A. 2017. Gender, vegetable value chains, income distribution and access to resources: Insights from surveys in Tanzania. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE. 82(6):319-327. PDF
Ochieng, J., Afari-Sefa, V., Lukumay, P.J., Dubois, T. 2017. Determinants of dietary diversity and the potential role of men in improving household nutrition in Tanzania. PLoS ONE. 12(12):e0189022. PDF
Pasternak, D.; Sanjeet, K.; Housseini, I. 2017. Selection and dissemination of vegetable cultivars in the Sahel. CHRONICA HORTICULTURAE. 57(4): 23-30. PDF
Ronoh, R.; Ekhuya, N.A.; Linde, M.; Winkelmann, T.; Abukutsa-Onyango, M.; Dinssa, F.F.; Debener, T. 2017. African nightshades: genetic, biochemical and metabolite diversity of an underutilised indigenous leafy vegetable and its potential for plant breeding. JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE & BIOTECHNOLOGY. online. PDF
Srinivasan, R.; Hsu, Y.C.; Lin, M.Y.; Su, F.C.; Huang, C.C. 2017. Towards developing an integrated pest management strategy for striped flea beetle on radish. MYSORE JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES. 51(A):202-211. PDF
Manasa, R., Rameshraddy, Bindumadhava, H., Nair, R.M., Prasad, T.G., Shankar, A.G. (2017). Screening mungbean (Vigna radiata L.) lines for salinity tolerance using salinity induction response technique at seedling and physiological growth assay at whole plant level. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PLANT, ANIMAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES. 7(4):1-12. PDF
Thibault Nordey,Claudine Basset-Mens, Hubert De Bon,Thibaud Martin, Emilie Déletré, Serge Simon, Laurent Parrot, Hugo Despretz, Joël Huat, Yannick Biard, Thomas Dubois, Eric Malézieux. 2017. Protected cultivation of vegetable crops in sub-Saharan Africa: limits and prospects for smallholders. A review. AGRONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, 37, 53. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13593-017-0460-8
Schreinemachers, P., Simmons, E.B., Wopereis, M.C.S. (2017). Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables. GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY online. PDF
Introducing new nutritious vegetable crops as well as new production methods to increase vegetable production and consumption in 12 districts of Khatlon Province.
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.
Hussein (Henry) Mvungi is working as a Project Marketing Officer with the WorldVeg team in Eastern and Southern Africa, Arusha, Tanzania through September 2018. He has an MSc in agricultural economics and focuses on marketing, statistics and socioeconomics.
Dr. Wolfram Spreer joined WorldVeg on 22 January 2018 as Production Horticulturist in the South Asia Regional Office, Hyderabad, India. His appointment is co-funded though GIZ’s CIM Integrated Experts Program. He holds a PhD in agricultural sciences from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany, and has extensive experience with irrigation technologies for tropical and subtropical fruits and vegetables.
PVL Bharathi, Kathy Chen, Judith Honfoga, Regine Kamga, Sher Nabi Khan, Mandy Lin, Vanna Liu, Adrienne Mak, Srinivasan Ramasamy, Lucy Sarkar, Roland Schafleitner, Nora Wagman
Support for World Vegetable Center activities provided by project donors and the following core donors:
- Republic of China (ROC)
- UK aid
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)