Germplasm curators dig into data

With accurate data records and improved data management skills, genebank curators in Africa can more easily share information about traditional vegetables and get a better picture of the overall global status of these important crops.

Going to seed

At the recent 2018 African Seed Trade Association Congress in Cairo, a WorldVeg team finds like-minded companies ready to expand seed choices and increase seed quality for Africa's 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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RT @SandroDemaio We MUST connect the #agriculture, #nutrition & #health worlds - & through this unlock win wins opportunities for amplifying progress on our #GlobalGoals. Let’s work together to leave no one behind! Great presentation from @ACIARAustralia’s CEO, @ACIARCEO here at #CFconf2018. pic.twitter.com/MJk3ffLgfT

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A bridge for food crops

The Crop Trust’s Pre-breeding Project links genebanks and breeding programs to develop greater diversity in crop plants. The project's eggplant and carrot teams came to WorldVeg to plan their next steps.

Integrated Nutrient Management workshop at Madanapalle

Every farmer has a “secret recipe” for tomato growing success. An integral part of a high yield is proper tomato plant nutrition. Giving a plant the right nutrition at the right time will not only increase fruit yield, it will also help prevent damage from diseases and pests.

Successful adaptation

With the help of partners, high yielding, disease resistant vegetable lines from WorldVeg have a promising future in Southeast Asia.


The Angkor Salad project funded by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) focuses on incorporating satellite-derived data to inform and improve agricultural production in selected developing countries.

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.


Abdoulaye T, Wossen T, Awotide B. 2018. Impacts of improved maize varieties in Nigeria: Ex-post assessment of productivity and welfare outcomes. FOOD SECURITY 10(2):369-379. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12571-018-0772-9

Ahiakpa JK, Magdy M, Werner O, Amoatey HM, Yeboah MA, Appiah AS, Quartey EK, Ros RM. 2018. Intra-specific variation in West African and Asian germplasm of okra (Abelmoschus spp L.). ANNALS OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES 62(2):131-138. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aoas.2017.08.002

Barchenger DW, Lamour KH, Bosland PW. 2018. Challenges and strategies for breeding resistance in Capsicum annuum to the multifarious pathogen, Phytophthora capsici. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE 9:628. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.00628

Bindumadhava H, Sharma L, Nair RM, Nayyar H, Riley JJ, Easdown W. 2018. High-temperature-tolerant mungbean (Vigna radiata L.) lines produce better yields when exposed to higher CO2 levels. JOURNAL OF CROP IMPROVEMENT, online. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15427528.2018.1439132

Djoumessi Y, Afari-Sefa V, Kamdem CB, Bidogeza JC. 2018. Socio-economic and institutional factors underlying efficiency of smallholder vegetable farms in Southwest region of Cameroon. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ECONOMICS 45(1):93-106. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJSE-09-2016-0256

Gramzow A, Sseguya H, Afari-Sefa V, Bekunda M, Lukumay PJ. 2018. Taking agricultural technologies to scale: experiences from a vegetable technology dissemination initiative in Tanzania. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY, online. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14735903.2018.1473103

Kansiime MK, Ochieng J, Kessy R, Karanja D, Romney D, Afari-Sefa V. 2018. Changing knowledge and perceptions of African indigenous vegetables: The role of community-based nutritional outreach. DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE 28(4):480-493. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09614524.2018.1449814

Makamto Sobgui C, Fezeu LK, Diawara F, Diarra H, Afari-Sefa V, Tenkouano A. 2018. Predictors of poor nutritional status among children aged 6–24 months in agricultural regions of Mali: A cross-sectional study. BMC NUTRITION 4:18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40795-018-0225-z

Ochieng J, Knerr B, Owuor G, Ouma E. 2018. Strengthening collective action to improve marketing performance: evidence from farmer groups in Central Africa. JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION AND EXTENSION 24(2):169-189. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1389224X.2018.1432493

Ronoh R, Ekhuya NA, Linde M, Winkelmann T, Abukutsa-Onyango M, Dinssa FF, Debener T. 2018. African nightshades: genetic, biochemical and metabolite diversity of an underutilised indigenous leafy vegetable and its potential for plant breeding. JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE & BIOTECHNOLOGY, 93(2):113-121. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14620316.2017.1358112


1007, 2018


Dr. Roland Schafleitner of the World Vegetable Center, Dr. May Chodchoey of the Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA), and Mr. Patrick Hafenstein of Trade and Investment Queensland will be the keynote speakers at the Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum 2018, Taiwan's leading trade show for agriculture, aquaculture and livestock manufacturing technologies and solutions. Scheduled for July 26-28 at the Taipei World Trade Center, the expo will feature innovations in plant seed production and crop management to address climate change and food security. The conference's 45 sessions will cover plant health, aquaculture environment control, and sustainable livestock farming. A panel discussion on “Plant health management -- trends and solutions to reduce the usage of pesticides” hosted by Dr. Shan-Da Liu, will be jointly led by Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Taiwan Agricultural Chemicals and Toxic Substances Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Rotam Global Agrosciences, and CH Biotech R&D. Other presentations will focus on the current challenges of sustainable farming and food production, consumer trends, and agribusiness. Online registration is open now at https://goo.gl/eHhgwa or contact Ms. Joy Chou (mailto:aat-tw@ubm.com).

106, 2018


The World Vegetable Center seeks a diversity of ideas and options for the design and construction of a new research laboratory and its integration into the institution’s existing 120-hectare campus located in Shanhua, Tainan City, Taiwan. In April 2018, WorldVeg received a USD 1.7 million (NTD 50,000,000) planning grant from the Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA) to begin moving forward on a major USD 22 million (NTD 660,000,000) construction and renovation project to modernize the Center’s research infrastructure. In line with the Center’s strategic and operational plans, the aim is to create a vibrant campus with new, fit-for-purpose facilities, new research platforms, and enhanced existing research structures. Architectural & Engineering firms are invited to submit Expressions of Interest to undertake the project. Submission deadline: 09:00 am on 20 July 2018. See https://avrdc.org/worldveg-rim-procurement/ for details.

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:



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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.


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.


  • 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