Plant breeders from across the subcontinent who want to keep up with advancements in the discipline shared their training needs with WorldVeg.
Learning where to find and how to use the diversity of the world's potato, tomato, pepper, and eggplant germplasm to breed improved vegetable varieties.
Tashkent State Agrarian University, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), and the World Vegetable Center hosted a regional training course on vegetable production from 4-8 April 2017 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. During the course, a group of 21 researchers, doctoral candidates, and master’s students from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan learned how to choose among experimental models and collect and analyze field data in accordance with international standards for scientific research. They discussed the collection, preservation and use of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops to select and develop new varieties. The course reviewed diagnostics for pests and fungal, bacterial and viral diseases; soil fertility management; integrated crop management; greenhouse cultivation; seed production; and production economics. Each participant gave a report on their research activities to share their experiences and knowledge with the group, and to demonstrate how the knowledge they acquired will be of use in their practical work.
The Highland Research and Development Institute (HRDI), Thailand, a WorldVeg partner, hosted a 'Transfer of Technology' event in Huay Kayeang, Kanchanaburi Province on 15 March 2017 to showcase the superior performance of WorldVeg cucurbit lines to more than 300 farmers, who viewed the demonstration plots and sampled pumpkin fruit and other pumpkin treats. -- MORE --
At the request of the Bangladesh seed industry and with financial support from seed companies, WorldVeg South Asia organized a three-day training course on “Maintaining Seed Quality” from 16 - 18 January 2017 at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) in Gazipur. --MORE--
Forty-four farmers including 20 women from Phaxang, Nadao, Phatang and Soksay villages gathered at Phaxang village in Kasi district of Vientiane Province, Lao PDR on 6 December 2016 to see the effectiveness of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies based on biopesticides on yard-long bean and vegetable brassicas. -- MORE --
Fifteen young people from the ,b>Mali Agribusiness Incubation Hub (MAIH) participated in a one-day training session on vegetable production and marketing at Samanko Research Station, WorldVeg West and Central Africa / Dry Regions, Bamako, Mali.
This study quantifies the impact and cost-effectiveness of training poor rural women in Bangladesh in home gardening and nutrition. We find that the intervention significantly (p < 0.01) increased vegetable production (+16.5 g/person/day), vegetable consumption and the micronutrient supply from the garden.
Grafting peppers can minimize problems caused by flooding and soil-borne diseases. Learn this simple yet effective technique to improve your pepper harvest.
Schreinemachers P, Wu MH, Uddin Md.N, Ahmad S, Hanson P. 2016. Farmer training in off-season vegetables: Effects on income and pesticide use in Bangladesh. FOOD POLICY, 61:132-140.