AFRICA

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.

CONFERENCES / SYMPOSIA

VI International Symposium on Tomato Diseases

6-9 May 2019
Taichung, Taiwan

II International Symposium on Vegetable Grafting

14-18 July 2019
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

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

DISCOVER TRADITIONAL VEGETABLES

SEED CONSORTIA

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

ANNUAL WORKSHOP
15-16 MAY 2019
WorldVeg Headquarters, Taiwan

ASIA

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Revisiting World Vegetable Center activities in Central Asia and the Caucasus will help determine the reach and impact of improved varieties released by countries across the region.

IN BRIEF

1404, 2019

Forging strong links in Tanzania

A World Vegetable Center delegation—Board member Lindiwe Sibanda, Director General Marco Wopereis, and Flagship Leader Healthy Diets and Officer-in-Charge for WorldVeg’s Regional Center for Eastern and Southern Africa Ralph Roothaert—visited Dodoma, Tanzania from 11-12 April 2019.On the 11th, the delegation met with the Director General of the Tanzanian Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Dr. Geoffrey Mkamilo, and staff at TARI headquarters in Dodoma to discuss opportunities for enhanced collaboration. On the 12th, the delegation met with the Minister for Agriculture of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Japhet N. Hasunga, and the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Eng. Mathew J. Mtigumwe.

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.

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

RECENT RESEARCH

Batieno TBJ , Souleymane O, Tignegre J-B, Huynh BL, Kusi F, Poda SL, Close TJ, Roberts P, Danquah E, Ofori K, Ouedraogo TJ. 2018. Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based genetic diversity in a set of Burkina Faso cowpea germplasm. AFRICAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH. 13(19):978-987. 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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