World Vegetable Center Strategy 2017-2025: Healthier lives, more resilient livelihoods introduces a new structure in which discovery research, piloting innovations, and scaling best technologies and practices continuously inform and improve the Center’s work and impact.
The impact of international vegetable breeding research
In east and southern Africa, 50% of tomato and 98% of African eggplant seed produced commercially in the region were varieties developed by the World Vegetable Center, generating economic gains of US$ 254 million for tomato and US$ 5 million for African eggplant in Tanzania alone.
A new paper explains why investing in vegetable research is an opportunity no donor should overlook.
ASEAN members experience agriculture in Taiwan
Representatives from nine member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations got a closer look at Taiwan's horticultural practices and policies during a recent meeting of the ASEAN-AVRDC Regional Network for Vegetable Research and Development (AARNET)
2016 Annual Report
Discover digital approaches to data collection for more rapid response to participants in a household garden project in Cambodia, the use of crop wild relatives to breed salt-tolerant vegetables and legumes, an explanation of the Center’s new flagship structure…and much more!
APSA/WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium: A new chapter in a long relationship
Representatives from 20 seed companies across the region and WorldVeg create a structure for collaboration to address the seed sector's research challenges
A invasive new pest is devastating crops in Karnataka. WorldVeg staff have found a solution that has the enthusiastic support of farmers and government alike.
Big hairy tomatoes!
With strong natural defenses against several common pests, a tomato bred from wild relatives could provide safer production of one of the world's most popular crops.
Focusing on African nightshade, amaranth, spider plant and Ethiopian kale, the HORTINLEA project aims to boost the potential of traditional African vegetables to improve nutrition and increase farmer incomes. A group of young researchers is looking into ways to share the knowledge and know-how collected by the project with farmers, other researchers, and policymakers.
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.
Rotten onions stink, and in the past any Indian farmer who kept his crop for months after harvest was all too familiar with the smell. But thanks to a WorldVeg project in the eastern state of Odisha, India, farmers who keep their onions now experience the sweet smell of success and the promise of much higher incomes.
Mungbean has great potential to provide additional income for farmers and nutritious food for people. This important pulse crop in Asia can be harvested 2 months after sowing, which makes it an ideal fit for fallow periods in rice and wheat production systems.
The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) cucurbit team proudly displayed 400 bitter gourd breeding lines plus another 400 bitter gourd F1 hybrids and early stage products of recurrent selection during Bitter Gourd Open Field Days from 14-30 August 2017 at the World Vegetable Center East and Southeast Asia Research and Training Station, located on the campus of Kasetsart University in Kamphaeng Saen, Thailand.
Vegetables are humankind’s most affordable source of vitamins and minerals needed for good health
The results of a study of 300 farmers who had received IPM training show that the training led to an increase in farmers' knowledge about sound pest management methods and increased adoption of IPM practices. For eggplant, the training led to a 30% reduction in synthetic pesticide use and about 30% increase in profits. For bitter gourd, the study found that the training led to a reduction in the total number of sprays (from 21 sprays to 16 sprays per season), but there was neither a reduction in the total quantity of synthetic pesticides used, nor did it increase profits.
Cotonou, Benin -- The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) signed an agreement today with the Benin Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MFAC) to establish a regional office in the country to serve the horticulture sector in coastal West Africa. The signing took place at MFAC headquarters in Cotonou, where MFAC Secretary General, Ambassador Marc Hermanne Araba signed the agreement with WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis. The new office—World Vegetable Center West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions—is the Center’s fifth regional base worldwide and its third in Africa. It is located on the campus of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Abomey-Calavi, Benin.
Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, was announced as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agriculture on 26 June 2017. Awarded by the World Food Prize Foundation, the $250,000 prize honors Nigerian Dr. Adesina for his leading role over the past two decades in significantly expanding food production in Nigeria, introducing initiatives to exponentially increase the availability of credit for smallholder farmers across the African continent, and galvanizing the political will to transform African agriculture. The African Development Bank is financing the TAAT (Technology for African Agricultural Transformation) initiative, in which WorldVeg is a participating institution.
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 September 2017:
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.
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).
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).
2016 Annual Report (May 2017) Discover digital approaches to data collection for more rapid response to participants in a household garden project in Cambodia, the use of crop wild relatives to breed salt-tolerant vegetables and legumes, an explanation of the Center’s new flagship structure…and much more.