Another crop of fresh talent

The WorldVeg Best Practice Hub (BPH) in Madiira Farm, Tanzania trained a new group of farmers to take on the challenges of finding and meeting local market demand for fresh produce.

STRONGer than ever

WorldVeg trainers build the capacity of partners to deliver sustainable and quality services to vegetable farmers.

6-9 May 2019
Taichung, Taiwan


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

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3108, 2018

Building links with local research institutions

On 1 August 2018, the World Vegetable Center and the College of Bioresources and Agriculture (CBA) of National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan signed a Memorandum of Agreement for further research collaborations. WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis and Prof. Huu-Sheng Lur, Dean, CBA-NTU, signed the agreement on behalf of the two institutions.

3008, 2018

Cameroon and WorldVeg strengthen ties

Cameroon’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 16 August 2018, officially inking a partnership to work together on strengthening vegetable seed systems, mobilizing and training smallholders to produce certified onion seed, and increasing the supply of traditional African vegetables in the country.


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.

Yield and profit begin in a well-managed nursery

Raising hybrid seedlings is expensive; to be profitable, a nursery owner must convert every seed into a healthy seedling. Tomato producers in Madanapalle are adopting best nursery practices promoted by WorldVeg.

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

Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables

Vegetables are increasingly recognized as essential for food and nutrition security, yet neither the economic nor nutritional power of vegetables is sufficiently realized. To tap the economic power of vegetables, governments will need to increase their investment in farm productivity (including improved varieties, alternatives to chemical pesticides, and the use of protected cultivation), good postharvest management, food safety, and market access. To tap the nutritional power of vegetables, consumers need to know how vegetables contribute to health, and find them at affordable prices or be able to grow them themselves.


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.



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. Current genebank holdings:



VIDEOS: How to save seed

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.


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.


  • 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.

  • Annual Report 2017 (June 2018) This year’s report provides many examples of our commitment to work in partnership and to contribute to healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods through greater diversity in what we grow and eat–the vision behind our 2017-2025 Strategic Plan.

  • Mungbean production manual (April 2018) Basic methods for producing a valuable legume crop. In Urdu and English.
  • Vegetable Value Chains in the Dry Zone and Ayeyarwady Delta of Myanmar (March 2018). A report on a scoping study conducted in Magway, Dry Zone and Ayeyarwady Delta region of Myanmar to determine the needs of smallholder farmers and traders relating to vegetable production, postharvest handling and consumption.

  • 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