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Meat-eating Maasai develop a taste for leafy greens

How one enterprising vegetable grower is changing attitudes and diets among Africa’s high-protein consumers.

Traditional African vegetables go commercial in Cameroon

There’s big demand for African nightshade in Foumbot and beyond -- especially for a WorldVeg line called 'Bafoussam 1'.

Five for five

Enterprising vegetable growers demonstrate skills and knowledge gained through two WorldVeg projects.

Governing farmers’ groups with SILC

To help young farmers collectively produce and market their vegetables, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa are teaming up to pilot Youth Vegetable Business Hubs and community savings and lending groups in Arumeru District, Tanzania.

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

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"#Plants produce metabolites for themselves, not for us." Ric de Vos, #Wageningen Plant Research at WorldVeg HQ. Many plant metabolites remain undiscovered...fertile ground for future research. pic.twitter.com/iO0UnxhPDk

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Government officers learn about tomato grafting

By grafting tomato on wild eggplant rootstocks, farmers can avoid bacterial wilt and root knot nematode problems. In India there are now many commercial vegetable nurseries producing grafted seedlings, but high prices prevent small and marginal farmers from purchasing the seedlings.

A day for cucurbits in Myanmar

After two years of testing cucurbit lines in Myanmar, the Department of Agriculture Research organized a Cucurbit Open Field Day on 7 September 2017 to showcase WorldVeg improved bitter gourd and pumpkin lines.

A first for Timor-Leste and WorldVeg

Bred by the World Vegetable Center, ‘Lakateu-AV’ and ‘Kiukae-AV’ are the first mungbean varieties released in Timor-Leste—and also the first WorldVeg vegetable varieties in the country.

Tomato grafting comes to Cambodia

Conducted under the SNV-led CHAIN project funded by the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC), the workshop brought together 45 participants (10 women & 35 men) to learn how to graft tomato and when to apply the method.

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.

Nair, R.M., Götz, M., Winter, S., Giri, R.R., Boddepalli, V.N. , Sirari, A, Bains, T.S. , Taggar, G.K., Dikshit, H.K., Aski,M., Boopathi, M., Swain, D., Rathore, A. , Anil Kumar, V., Lii, E.C., Kenyon, L. (2017). Identification of mungbean lines with tolerance or resistance to yellow mosaic in fields in India where different begomovirus species and different Bemisia tabaci cryptic species predominate. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PLANT PATHOLOGY. online. PDF

Shimwela, M.M., Blackburn, J.K., Jones, J.B., Nkuba, J., Narouei-Khandanb, H.A., Ploetz, R.C., Beed, F., van Bruggen, A.H.C. (2017). Local and regional spread of banana xanthomonas wilt (BXW) in space and time in Kagera, Tanzania. PLANT PATHOLOGY. 66(6):1003-1014.

Lazaro, V., Rajendran, S., Afari-Sefa, V., Kazuzurua, B. (2017). Analysis of good agricultural practices in an integrated maize-based farming system. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF VEGETABLE SCIENCE. online.

Arafa, R.A., Moussa, O.M., Soliman, N.E.K., Shirasawa, K., Kamel, S.M., Rakha, M.T. (2017). Resistance to Phytophthora infestans in tomato wild relatives. AFRICAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH. 12(26):2188-2196. PDF

Dube, P., Heijman, W.J.M., Ihle, R., Ochieng, J. (2017). The potential of traditional leafy vegetables for improving food security in Africa. In: Establishing food security and alternatives to international trade in emerging economies./ed. by Erokhin, V. Hershey, PA : IGI Global. p.220-243.

Perez, K., Froikin-Gordon, F.S., Abdourhamane, I.K., Levasseur, V., Alfari, A.A., Mensah, A., Bonsu, O., Habsatou, B.,Assogba-Komlan, F., Mbaye, A.A., Noussourou, M., Otoidobiga, L.C., Ouédraogo, L., Kon, T., Rojas, M.R., Gamby, K.T., Shotkoski,F., Gilbertson, R.L., Jahn, M.M. (2017). Connecting smallholder tomato producers to improved seed in West Africa. AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY. 6:42PDF

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1711, 2017

World Vegetable Center receives grants from Germany

The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is pleased to announce it has received two grants from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to support vegetable research and development activities in Tanzania and Kenya. “Amazing Amaranth: Hardy and nutritious amaranth lines and food practices to improve nutrition in East Africa” (EUR 1,200,000) aims to increase availability and consumption of improved nutrient-rich amaranth cultivars. Leaves of amaranth provide essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium lacking in local diets, and the plant also produces a high-protein grain. WorldVeg will investigate amaranth lines that can serve both purposes, and also seeks to breed cultivars with low levels of oxalates in the leaves. “GrAfrica: Introduce grafted plantlets to improve yield and income of smallholder tomato producers in sub-Saharan Africa” (EUR 100,000) builds on the Center’s decades of experience in vegetable grafting. The GrAfrica project plans to teach grafting methods to 50 trainers and 12 nursery operators (preferentially youth and women), who will in turn share their knowledge and skills with 2,500 tomato producers in Tanzania. “We’re excited about the prospect of bringing the benefits of improved amaranth to people whose diets are deficient in important nutrients, and also to introduce grafting to Africa, where we expect it will have a significant impact,” said Dr. David Johnson, WorldVeg Deputy Director General – Research. “BMZ has been an outstanding supporter of the Center’s research for many years and we welcome the opportunity to continue this positive and productive relationship.”

510, 2017

Wopereis visits IFAD

Marco Wopereis, WorldVeg Director General, visited the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 3 October 2017 in Rome, Italy. He gave a presentation on the Center’s new strategic directions to the Program Management Department and met with IFAD president Gilbert F. Houngbo afterward.  IFAD and WorldVeg agreed to explore opportunities for strengthened collaboration in Africa and Asia—in particular, but not exclusively, in the area of youth vegetable business hubs, and in general by strengthening links between in-country IFAD representatives and WorldVeg regional centers. WorldVeg technical expertise may be solicited in the project design phase for IFAD loans if such loans focus on the development of the vegetable sector, as already done by the World Bank in Cameroon.

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. Genebank holdings as of 1 November 2017:



VIDEOS: How to save seed

WorldVeg featured on Taiwan TV

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.

Success in the field and garden

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).

High quality onion production begins with high quality onion seed

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).




Malabar spinach (Basella spp.)

Celosia (Celosia argentea)