A project for people and the planet

A new project funded by the IKEA Foundation to engage women and youth in vegetable production and distribution networks aims to close the ‘vegetable gap’ and improve livelihoods and nutrition in Ethiopia and Kenya.

New varieties for Cameroon

The World Vegetable Center is pleased to announce that 12 vegetable varieties—including 9 traditional vegetables—have been registered in Cameroon’s official catalog of varieties.


Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium Annual Workshop

new dates! 8-10 September 2020
Cotonou, Benin

Micronutrient Forum

new dates! 8-12 November 2020
Bangkok, Thailand

Power on Your Plate: An All-Africa Summit on Diversifying Food Systems with African Traditional Vegetables to Increase Health, Nutrition and Wealth

new dates! 25-28 January 2021
Arusha, Tanzania

4th All Africa Horticultural Congress

29 March – 1 April 2021
Dakar, Senegal

Second International Congress of Biological Control (ICBC2)

26-30 April 2021
Davos, Switzerland

World Processing Tomato Congress

new dates! 7-11 March 2022
San Juan, Argentina

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


FRESH! The World Vegetable Center newsletter


RT @RugalemaG We @go_vegetables are very honoured to have received, at our Eastern and Southern Africa office in Tengeru, Arusha, Hon. @HusseinBashe, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, who is on official visit in northern Tanzania. Karibu sana Mheshimiwa Waziri.

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Phase II for mungbean

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the World Vegetable Center inked an agreement for Phase II of the International Mungbean Improvement Network (IMIN) on 15 June 2020 to connect mungbean researchers from around the world to openly share experiences, knowledge and technologies based on common principles of cooperation.

Pack up, ship out, grow strong

The WorldVeg Genebank shipped kits containing seed of six fast-growing, nutritious traditional vegetables for distribution to 1,020 families vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19 near the community of Los Baños in southwestern Luzon, the Philippines.







Perspectives to expand your view of vegetables

Asia-Pacific seed trade slowly emerges from COVID-19 lockdowns

June 10th, 2020|

In early April surveys showed reduced demand for sowing seed of all crops, problems in seed production, and difficulties in international seed shipment. Two months on, there have been clear improvements in nearly all aspects, though challenges remain.

Build diverse food systems for post-COVID-19 world

May 5th, 2020|

The crisis underlines three important points: the importance of science and innovation; the vulnerability of billions of people at the bottom of the pyramid; and the need for more diversified, nutritious, and resilient food systems.

Asia-Pacific seed trade reeling from COVID-19 lockdown

April 21st, 2020|

Severe restrictions on the movements of people and goods imposed in recent weeks are having widespread negative effects on the seed industry in the Asia-Pacific region with international seed trade particularly affected, a survey of seed companies finds. 

Diets in a time of coronavirus: Don’t let vegetables fall off the plate

April 14th, 2020|

Vegetables are a key source of essential nutrition and play a crucial role in healthy diets. Jody Harris, the World Vegetable Center's Lead Specialist for Food Systems, explains that vegetable production, trade and consumption are particularly affected by COVID-19 because of their highly seasonal nature, high labor needs, perishability, and the need for good storage and distribution logistics—with significant implications for nutrition security.


Cui et al. 2020. Whole-genome sequencing provides insights into the genetic diversity and domestication of bitter gourd (Momordica spp.) HORTICULTURE RESEARCH. 7:85.

Romera-Branchat, M., Severing, E., Pocard, C., Ohr, H., Vincent, C., Née, G., Martinez-Gallegos, R., Jang, S.Andrés, F., Madrigal, P., Coupland, G.* (2020) Functional divergence of the Arabidopsis florigen-interacting bZIP transcription factors FD and FDP. CELL REPORTS 31(9): 107717. 

Guimapi, R.A.; Srinivasan, R.; Tonnang, H.E.; Sotelo-Cardona, P.; Mohamed, S.A. 2020. Exploring the mechanisms of the spatiotemporal invasion of Tuta absoluta in Asia. AGRICULTURE. 10(4):124.   PDF

van Zonneveld, M.; Turmel, M.-S.; Hellin, J. 2020. Decision-making to diversify farm systems for climate change adaptation. FRONTIERS IN SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS. 4:32.   PDF

van Zonneveld M, Rakha M, Tan SY,  Chou YY,  Chang CH,  Yen JY,  Schafleitner R, Nair R, Naito K, Solberg SØ. 2020. Mapping patterns of abiotic and biotic stress resilience uncovers conservation gaps and breeding potential of Vigna wild relatives. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. 10:2111. PDF

Khoury, C.K.; Carver, D.; Barchenger, D.W.; Barboza, G.E.; van Zonneveld, M.; Jarret, R.; Bohs, L.; Kantar, M.; Uchanski, M.; Mercer, K.; Nabhan, G.P.; Bosland, P.W.; Greene, S.L. 2019. Modelled distributions and conservation status of the wild relatives of chile peppers (Capsicum L.). DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS. online. PDF

Shrestha RM, Schreinemachers P, Nyangmi MG, Sah M, Phuong J, Manandhar S, Yang RY. 2020. Home-grown school feeding: assessment of a pilot program in Nepal. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH. 20:28.   PDF

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WHAT IS V4P&P? It’s a new WorldVeg project funded by the IKEA Foundation to engage women and youth in vegetable production and distribution networks. ‘Veggies 4 Planet & People’ aims to close the ‘vegetable gap’ and improve livelihoods and nutrition in Ethiopia and Kenya in a safe, planet-positive way. Find out how — WATCH NOW!

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  • 2020 Global Nutrition Report The 2020 Global Nutrition Report looks beyond global and national patterns, revealing significant inequalities in nutrition outcomes within countries and populations. Based on the best-available data, in-depth analysis and expert opinion rooted in evidence, the report identifies critical actions to achieve nutrition equity.

  • 2019 Annual Report: Take a look at our R&D activities in the 2019 Annual Report and you’ll discover that WorldVeg’s commitment to healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods has never been stronger!
  • Vegetables and Climate Change: Pathways to Resilience. For the past five decades, the World Vegetable Center has conducted research to improve vegetable varieties and production systems adapted to the high temperatures and weather extremes in tropical and sub-tropical regions with significant achievements and impact. This position paper explains how WorldVeg is well positioned to expand its research portfolio to develop climate change adaptation and mitigation options along the vegetable value chain.

  • International vegetable breeding: A strategy to create development impact at scale. This document reflects the current thinking within the World Vegetable Center on how our breeding research can contribute to realizing the potential of vegetables for healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods.

  • Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables: Vegetables are increasingly recognized as essential for food and nutrition security. Vegetable consumption must be nurtured through a combination of supply-side interventions and behavioral change communication emphasizing the importance of eating vegetables for good nutrition and health.

RIM: Toward an Open Science Center!

With the launch of the Research Infrastructure Management (RIM) project in late 2018, WorldVeg began reinvigorating its research labs and building new fit-for-purpose facilities to create an Open Science Center, where researchers from around the world conduct high impact science and develop applications for healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods.

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