AFRICA

Seed consortium for Africa takes root in Tanzania

The new African Vegetable Breeding Consortium (AVBC) held its first workshop on 11-12 March 2019 at the World Vegetable Center Eastern and Southern Africa office in Arusha, Tanzania.  The 41 participants included scientists from WorldVeg headquarters and all regional centers, nine diverse African vegetable seed companies, the Tanzanian Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), the Tanzania Seed Trade Association (TASTA), and AFSTA.

54th Board Meeting brings members to the field

Board members toured the regional office campus and learned first-hand about initiatives to develop solar dryers for vegetables, innovations in below-ground grafting chambers, and vegetable business hubs to engage young people in horticultural production.

Developing a concept for SAFEVEG

WorldVeg and partners in Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin recently began planning for a new initiative to tap rising urban demand for safe, affordable, and nutritious vegetables.

CONFERENCES / SYMPOSIA

VI International Symposium on Tomato Diseases

6-9 May 2019
Taichung, Taiwan

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: 18 MARCH 2019

BROCHURE

II International Symposium on Vegetable Grafting

14-18 July 2019
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: 8 MARCH 2019

Healthier lives, more resilient livelihoods through greater diversity in what we grow and eat

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WORLDVEG IN THE NEWS

Consumption of African Indigenous Vegetables is Low in Africa
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, 18 March 2019

El cerebro de la huerta africana
El Periodico (Spain), 16 February 2019

Want to keep fruit and vegetables fresh? Try these innovations from Mali
TalkAfrica (Mali), 1 February 2019

To Secure the Future of Food, Look to the Ancestors of Eggplant
NOVA (USA), 19 January 2019

KU welcomes executives from WorldVeg
Kasetsart University (Thailand), 14 January 2019

Why indigenous vegetables hold the key to better economy, health
The Star (Kenya), 1 January 2019

Affordable, Scalable, Overlooked: Evaporative Cooling Can Fight Food Loss – Why isn’t the Development Sector Embracing It?
University of Michigan (USA), 16 November 2018

DISCOVER TRADITIONAL VEGETABLES

SEED CONSORTIA

Asia & Pacific Seed Alliance (APSA)-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium

ANNUAL WORKSHOP
15-16 MAY 2019
WorldVeg Headquarters, Taiwan

ASIA

A difficult moth to manage

More than 70 researchers from around the world have gathered at World Vegetable Center headquarters in Shanhua, Taiwan to participate in the 8th International Conference on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests. Organized in conjunction with Cornell University, the conference is exploring how Plutella xylostella, a difficult-to-control lepidopteran pest, is responding to climate change. The conference runs from 4-8 March 2019.  

Training for South Asia’s seed companies

In early 2018, seed company representatives attended a needs assessment at WorldVeg and set out a priority list of training topics. In response, WorldVeg South Asia organized three courses to address their training requirements.

IN BRIEF

803, 2019

Taipei architecture firm wins contract for World Vegetable Center research infrastructure modernization

EDS (Environmental Dimension Studio) International, a Taipei-based architectural firm, was awarded a contract to develop plans and oversee significant elements of a major construction project to modernize the research infrastructure of the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) headquarters in Shanhua, Taiwan. The contract was signed by EDS Principal Architect Yuan-Liang Tsai and WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis. The Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA) is providing US$ 22 million (NT$ 660 million) for the Research Infrastructure Modernization (RIM) project. Improvements will include a new seed treatment facility, capacity for field phenotyping, and upgraded laboratory facilities.“We’re grateful to Taiwan COA for the financial support that will allow us to start making our vision of a modern open science center for vegetable research a reality,” Wopereis said.

403, 2019

A difficult moth to manage

More than 70 researchers from around the world have gathered at World Vegetable Center headquarters in Shanhua, Taiwan to participate in the 8th International Conference on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests. Organized in conjunction with Cornell University, the conference is exploring how Plutella xylostella, a difficult-to-control lepidopteran pest, is responding to climate change. The conference runs from 4-8 March 2019.  

Vegetables are humankind’s most affordable source of vitamins and minerals needed for good health

RECENT RESEARCH

Douthwaite, B.; Ahmad, F.; Shah, G.-M.; Schreinemachers, P.; Kassie, M.; Taye, B.; Williams, F.; Ciolina, D.; Ishrat, J.; Nagarajan, L.; Feldman, A.; Ahmad, T.; Kadel, L.M.; Devkota, P. 2018. Strengthening AIRCA monitoring and evaluation systems. Kathmandu, Nepal: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). 16 p. PDF

Muthoni, F.K.; Odongo, V.O.; Ochieng, J.; Mugalavai, E.M.; Mourice, S.K.; Hoesche-Zeledon, I.; Mwila, M.; Bekunda, M. 2018. Long-term spatial-temporal trends and variability of rainfall over Eastern and Southern Africa. THEORETICAL AND APPLIED CLIMATOLOGY. online. PDF

Sehgal, A.; Sita, K.i; Siddique, K.H.M.; Kumar, R.; Bhogireddy, S.; Varshney, R.K.; HanumanthaRao, B.; Nair, R.M.; Prasad, P.V.V.; Nayyar, H. 2018. Drought or/and heat-stress effects on seed filling in food crops: Impacts on functional biochemistry, seed yields, and nutritional quality. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE. 9:1705. PDF

My Success

No water? Grow vegetables!

The Mafichoni Garden Group isn't about to let a scarce water supply get in the way of growing nutritious food for their families and neighbors.

They like it!

Lilian's children wouldn't eat the food she cooked. Now she grows vegetables that aren’t bitter, changed her cooking style, and has the kids eating healthy leafy greens every day.

  • Robina's students are learning to grow their own vegetables.

Home gardens, healthy children, happy parents

School Principal Robina teaches her young students to grow vegetables and cook them for school lunch. The children are noticeably healthier, which has made her school very popular among parents.

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The VINESA Project: Access to Markets

Farmers are forming groups, learning how to grow, harvest and deliver quality produce for high-value markets, and finding new markets to tap through the VINESA project.

The VINESA Project: DIVERSIFYING DIETS

When people in Tanzania began producing vegetables for market sale through the VINESA project, many decided to include them in their own meals. Local diets are now more diverse and nutritious.

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