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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.

Hub tour

A team of WorldVeg staff fanned out across Mali to assess field conditions at several group training locations.

Know the enemy

Correctly identifying pests and diseases is the first step in safe control.

Handle with care, eat with gusto!

A light touch at harvest and a bit of culinary skill transform vegetables into nutritious, delicious dishes.

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6-9 May 2019
Taichung, Taiwan

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

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WSU alum awarded for career working to end hunger, malnutrition
Washington State University, 23 March 2018

Hypoglycemic effect of fasting blood sugar
Medizin am Abend (German), 17 March 2018

花蓮場南瓜新品種 [友旺]種子即將上市 (Disease-resistant pumpkin variety “Hualien AVRDC No. 2 – Hope” coming soon)
News & Market, 17 March 2018

Farmers, scientists and government design recipes for resilient and profitable agriculture in Karnataka
ICRISAT newsletter, 16 March 2018

Pre-Columbian people spread fruit across Latin America
Ars Technica, 14 March 2018

Recherche agricole: WORLDVEG SE LOGE DE NEUF
L’ESSOR, 5 March 2018


Pepper preview

A field day for a crop that’s essential to the flavor of India.

A safe place for seed

WorldVeg joined the celebrations for the 10th Anniversary of the Svalbard Seed Vault in Norway.

Largest WorldVeg projects in India inaugurated

Two new WorldVeg projects seek broad-based transformation of the agricultural sector in Jharkhand and Assam, India.

WorldVeg identifies training needs of the seed industry in India

Plant breeders from across the subcontinent who want to keep up with advancements in the discipline shared their training needs with 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.


Agbessenou, A.; Tounou, A.K.; Dannon, E.A.; Datinon, B.; Agboton, C.; Srinivasan, R.; Pittendrigh, B.R.; Tamò, M. 2018. Influence of rearing substrates and nontarget hosts on the bionomics of the tachinid parasitoid Nemorilla maculosa (Diptera: Tachinidae). ENVIRONMENTAL ENTOMOLOGY. 47(2):356-363. PDF

Tata Ngome, P.I.; Afari-Sefa, V.; Ntsomboh-Ntsefong, G.; Okolle, J.; Billa, S.F.; Moma, C.; Atemkeng Fonji, M.; Ngome, A.F. 2018. Investigating strategies for sustainable vegetable food crop system in three agro ecological zones of the humid tropics area of Cameroon. AFRICAN STUDY MONOGRAPHS. 39(1):27-46. PDF

Saidov, N.; Srinivasan, R.; Mavlyanova, R.; Qurbonov, Z. 2018. First report of invasive South American tomato leaf miner Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in Tajikistan. FLORIDA ENTOMOLOGIST. 101(1):147-149. PDF

Srinivasan, R.; Malini, P.; Othim, S.T.O. 2018. Fall armyworm in Africa: which ‘race’ is in the race, and why does it matter? CURRENT SCIENCE. 114(1):27-28. PDF

Chang, J.C.; Srinivasan, R. 2018. Transcriptome analysis in the beet webworm, Spoladea recurvalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). INSECT SCIENCE. 25(1):33-44. PDF

Dhillon, N.P.S.; Sanguansil, S.; Srimat, S.; Schafleitner, R.; Manjunath, B.; Agarwal, P.; Xiang, Q.; Mohammed A.M.; Myint, T.; Hanh, N.T.; Cuong, T.K.; Balatero, C.H.; Salutan-Bautista, V.; Pitrat, M.; Lebeda, A.; McCreight, J.D. 2018. Cucurbit powdery mildew-resistant bitter gourd breeding lines reveal four races of Podosphaera xanthii in Asia. HORTSCIENCE. 53(3):337-341. PDF

van Zonneveld, M.; Larranaga, N.; Blonder, B.; Coradin, L.; Hormaza, J.I.; Hunter, D. 2018. Human diets drive range expansion of megafauna-dispersed fruit species.  PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Online. PDF

van Zonneveld, M.; Thomas, E.; Castañeda‐Álvarez,, N.P.; Damme, V.V.; Alcazar, C.; Loo, J.; Scheldeman, X. 2018. Tree genetic resources at risk in South America: A spatial threat assessment to prioritize populations for conservation. DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS. Online. PDF

Kansiime, M.K.; Karanja, D.K.; Alokit, C.; Ochieng, J. 2018. Derived demand for African indigenous vegetable seed: implications for farmer-seed entrepreneurship development. INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT REVIEW. Online. PDF

Krawinkel, M.B.; Ludwig, C.; Swai, M.E.; Yang, R.Y.; Chun, K.P.; Habicht, S.D. 2018. Bitter gourd reduces elevated fasting plasma glucose levels in an intervention study among prediabetics in Tanzania. JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY. online. PDF

Sogbohossou, E.O.D.; Achigan-Dako, E.G.; Maundu, P.; Solberg, S.; Deguenon, E.M.S.; Mumm, R.H.; Hale, I.; Deynze, A.V.; Schranz, M.E. 2018. A roadmap for breeding orphan leafy vegetable species: A case study of Gynandropsis gynandra (Cleomaceae). HORTICULTURE RESEARCH. 5:2. PDF


504, 2018

Remembering Dr. Yang

Charles Yu-di Yang, age 86, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018 at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. In 1972, Dr. Yang accepted an offer from the Rockefeller Foundation to be the Senior Pathologist at the Asian Vegetable Research & Development Center (AVRDC). In 1980, he moved to Thailand to lead the AVRDC outreach program there. During his 17 years in Thailand, Charles developed the outreach program literally from the ground up.  He got the funding to build the research center and training facilities; hired and managed the staff; oversaw the construction of the buildings; and developed, implemented and directed the training program for nearly 400 scholars from 18 countries around the world.

902, 2018

WorldVeg parentage in high-yielding, triple-disease resistant ‘Arka Rakshak’ tomato

Tomato is India’s second most important vegetable crop, next to potato. And now ‘Arka Rakshak’, a new F1 fresh market and processing tomato hybrid with resistance to three major tomato diseases, is available for farmers eager to supply India’s growing demand. The variety was developed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) by crossing one of their advanced breeding lines with an advanced breeding line sourced from the World Vegetable Center. Tomato leaf curl virus, bacterial wilt and early blight are among the most difficult tomato diseases to manage as there are no chemical treatments available to stop their spread. Building resistance into a variety is the most effective -- and cost-effective -- approach to tomato disease management. ‘Arka Rakshak’ produces medium to large (80-100 g), deep red, very firm fruits with good keeping quality (15-20 days) and transportability. Farmers can expect yields of 90-100 t/ha. WorldVeg provides the important breeding materials partners need to produce vigorous, pest-and disease-resistant varieties with tolerance to heat, drought, flooding and other environmental conditions farmers typically encounter in the field. Congratulations to IIHR!

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 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.

Growing and cooking vegetables with VINESA!

Join the students at Emmanuel Primary School in Tanzania on a tasty journey to add diversity and nutrition to their diets with vegetables.




Malabar spinach (Basella spp.)

Celosia (Celosia argentea)