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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.

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6-9 May 2019
Taichung, Taiwan

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

FRESH! The World Vegetable Center newsletter


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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.

2018 APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Workshop

The Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA)/World Vegetable Center Vegetable Breeding Consortium held its second annual workshop on 16-17 May 2018 at WorldVeg headquarters in Shanhua, Taiwan. Fifty-two participants from 32 consortium companies across the region joined 37 WorldVeg staff for discussions, intensive seminars on the Center’s breeding work and other research, and in-field evaluations of tomato, pepper, and cucurbit crops.

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


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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.

1505, 2018

New Borlaug-Ruan interns

The World Vegetable Center is pleased to announce the appointment of two Borlaug-Ruan International Internship interns for 2018. Ms. Tyler Reid, 17, from Brandywine, Maryland, USA, will study plant genetics at WorldVeg headquarters under the guidance of Genebank Manager Dr. Maarten van Zonneveld. She has explored symbiotic plant systems through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s AgDiscovery program and with the National Park System. Mr. Chase Krug, 17, from Marion, Iowa, USA, has been conducting crop research on potatoes, corn, peas, and soybeans since his freshman year of high school. He will work out of the WorldVeg South Asia office in Hyderabad, India with Legume Breeder Dr. Ramakrishnan Nair and Visiting Entomologist Dr. Abdul Rasheed War.

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.

Okra seed



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 April 2018:



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.


  • 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