Bitter gourd, bottle gourd, wax gourd, snake gourd, sponge gourd, and ridge gourd are cultivated and marketed by smallholder farmers, and are important crops in home gardens throughout southern and southeastern Asia.
Onion is perceived to be a “man’s crop” in the study region with only 22 percent of onion producers being women. Women mentioned difficulties in acquiring land and storage facilities as the main constraints to successful onion production.
After reviewing the main causes and effects of land degradation and erosion in the uplands of mainland Southeast Asia, this chapter presents several case studies of recent land-use changes governed by economic, political and institutional transitions, the expansion of teak and rubber tree plantations in northern Laos and southwest China, respectively, and of monocropping coffee in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.
Increasing atmospheric temperatures will be detrimental for growth functions of various crop plants, especially mungbean, as demand for this legume is increasing in spring and summer in major growing regions in the northern parts of India.
This study quantifies the impact and cost-effectiveness of training poor rural women in Bangladesh in home gardening and nutrition. We find that the intervention significantly (p < 0.01) increased vegetable production (+16.5 g/person/day), vegetable consumption and the micronutrient supply from the garden.
Dr. Dyno Keatinge, former Director General of the World Vegetable Center, will receive an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his “services to tropical agriculture and the reduction of both poverty and malnutrition in the developing world,” the British Foreign Office announced on December 31, 2016. He was recommended for the award for his work with the world’s foremost research and development institution for the improvement of vegetables.
WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa Postharvest Research Associate/Nutritionist Roseline Marealle recently received the 2016 Kader Award for Postharvest Training from the Postharvest Education Foundation. The foundation presents the award to an outstanding graduate e-learner or a team of e-learners after the successful completion of a year of training on commodity systems assessment, small-scale postharvest handling practices, postharvest demonstration design, postharvest training program design, and cost/benefit analysis.
The Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA) and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) signed an agreement on 7 December 2016 in Bangkok for the development and testing of new climate-versatile tomatoes, peppers and cucurbits. The “APSA and World Vegetable Center Consortium” agreement was signed by APSA Executive Director Heidi Gallant and WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis. Representatives of leading seed and plant breeding enterprise and agriculture research, including Chia Tai, Lion Seeds, Dynamic Seeds, EastWest Seed and Kasetsart University attended the signing.
Omar Diouf is the new Project Manager for the Mali Horticulture Scaling Project. Dr. Diouf, a Senegalese national, holds a PhD degree in plant physiology and agrotechnology from the University of Brussels, Belgium.
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 January 2017: