The impact of international vegetable breeding research
In east and southern Africa, 50% of tomato and 98% of African eggplant seed produced commercially in the region were varieties developed by the World Vegetable Center, generating economic gains of US$ 254 million for tomato and US$ 5 million for African eggplant in Tanzania alone.
A new paper explains why investing in vegetable research is an opportunity no donor should overlook.
ASEAN members experience agriculture in Taiwan
Representatives from nine member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations got a closer look at Taiwan's horticultural practices and policies during a recent meeting of the ASEAN-AVRDC Regional Network for Vegetable Research and Development (AARNET)
2016 Annual Report
Discover digital approaches to data collection for more rapid response to participants in a household garden project in Cambodia, the use of crop wild relatives to breed salt-tolerant vegetables and legumes, an explanation of the Center’s new flagship structure…and much more!
APSA/WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium: A new chapter in a long relationship
Representatives from 20 seed companies across the region and WorldVeg create a structure for collaboration to address the seed sector's research challenges
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A invasive new pest is devastating crops in Karnataka. WorldVeg staff have found a solution that has the enthusiastic support of farmers and government alike.
Big hairy tomatoes!
With strong natural defenses against several common pests, a tomato bred from wild relatives could provide safer production of one of the world's most popular crops.
On 21-22 July 2017, the Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI) held its annual board meeting at WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa in Arusha, Tanzania -- and learned more about WorldVeg research in breeding and crop management.
Impressed by what he learned from a prior visit with the WorldVeg team, the President of Cameroon asked ten parliamentarians from the north and far north regions of the country to visit WorldVeg activities in Yaoundé on July 7.
Success from vegetable farming can come only if farmers know where the markets are, have sufficient skills to manage their crops well, and are willing to work with other players in the value chain such as traders, input suppliers, and transporters.
In Manyara, Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Tanga regions of Tanzania, WorldVeg is working with local communities to build family solar dryers for vegetables. The work, supported by the Amsterdam Initiative Against Malnutrition (AIM), provides people with the means to process vegetables for later use—and to explore the production of new food products to extend the vegetable value chain.
Alyssa Swehla, a Borlaug-Ruan International Intern from Iowa State University, USA, worked on a research project this summer at the World Vegetable Center South Asia to find an effective biological control agent against dry root rot in mungbean.
Traditionally a space for families to grow fodder for household animals, backyards in Tajikistan are now flourishing with the support of a USAID project to promote small-scale protected cultivation of seedlings and fresh vegetables.
WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia/Oceania staff took part in Kasetsart University's (KU) “KU Hi-trees: A get-together for International Organizations” held on 16 June 2017 at the university’s Bangkok campus.
Vegetables are humankind’s most affordable source of vitamins and minerals needed for good health
This study analyzes the adoption of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) and African eggplant (Solanum aethiopicum) varieties developed through international agricultural research, released by national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) and supplied to farmers by private seed companies in East and Southern Africa from 1990 to 2015. We found that 50% of tomato and 98% of African eggplant commercial seed production in the region were varieties developed by the World Vegetable Center. WorldVeg and NARES invested US$ 6.9 million in research, extension, and promotion of these two crops. This generated economic gains of US$ 254 million for tomato and US$ 5 million for African eggplant in Tanzania up to 2014. The internal rate of return is 29.3% for tomato and 12.3% for African eggplant, though we project the latter to increase to 26.0% by 2024 as adoption only started in 2007. These results indicate international research into vegetable improvement to give returns to investment that are as high as those previously reported for some staple crops.
Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, was announced as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agriculture on 26 June 2017. Awarded by the World Food Prize Foundation, the $250,000 prize honors Nigerian Dr. Adesina for his leading role over the past two decades in significantly expanding food production in Nigeria, introducing initiatives to exponentially increase the availability of credit for smallholder farmers across the African continent, and galvanizing the political will to transform African agriculture. The African Development Bank is financing the TAAT (Technology for African Agricultural Transformation) initiative, in which WorldVeg is a participating institution.
In partnership with MIT D-Lab, the World Vegetable Center, and Mercy Corps, MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) will evaluate vegetable storage technologies in Mali designed to function without the use of electricity where power is either not accessible or not affordable. CITE will focus on measuring technical capabilities through sensor data, as well as conducting interviews and examining the cost effectiveness of each option. -- MORE --
The World Vegetable Center Genebank maintains a large collection of public domain germplasm for the current and future use of all humankind. We distribute seed samples of our germplasm accessions and advanced breeding lines worldwide. Genebank holdings as of 1 August 2017:
Sometimes the best things in the world can be found right in your own backyard! That's what Taiwan's UNIQUE Satellite Channel 58 discovered during a recent visit to World Vegetable Center headquarters in Shanhua, Tainan.
In their own voices, women in India share stories of their progress in growing vegetables through skills learned in training programs hosted by WorldVeg and PRADAN with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
Onion seed production is a challenging endeavor, but farmers in Cameroon are successfully producing certified seed with the guidance of the World Vegetable Center and PADFA (Projet d'Appui au Developpement Des Filieres Agricoles).
2016 Annual Report (May 2017) Discover digital approaches to data collection for more rapid response to participants in a household garden project in Cambodia, the use of crop wild relatives to breed salt-tolerant vegetables and legumes, an explanation of the Center’s new flagship structure…and much more.