Developing a concept for SAFEVEG

WorldVeg and partners in Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin recently began planning for a new initiative to tap rising urban demand for safe, affordable, and nutritious vegetables.


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

FRESH! The World Vegetable Center newsletter


NEW VARIETY FOR AFRICA! Using WorldVeg #tomato breeding line AVTO1003 (CLN3125L), @RijkZwaan Breeding B.V. developed a new semi-determinate plum tomato ‘Jarrah RZ F1 (71 102)’ specifically for Africa: good vigor, firm fruit, resistant to viruses ToMV & TYLCV! @agroinfotech pic.twitter.com/nsxlQpc98T

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

15-16 MAY 2019
WorldVeg Headquarters, Taiwan

Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium

11-12 MARCH 2019
WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa, Tanzania


Training for South Asia’s seed companies

In early 2018, seed company representatives attended a needs assessment at WorldVeg and set out a priority list of training topics. In response, WorldVeg South Asia organized three courses to address their training requirements.

Safe pest management in Cambodia: Calling for impact

Some insects like eating vegetables, but most consumers don’t like to share theirs. Protecting vegetable crops from insect pests remains a huge challenge for farmers; many often over-apply chemical pesticides to reduce the risk of crop loss and deliver unblemished produce to the market.


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New variety for Africa

Using WorldVeg tomato breeding line AVTO1003 (CLN3125L), Rijk Zwaan Breeding B.V. developed a new semi-determinate plum tomato variety ‘Jarrah RZ F1 (71 102)’ specifically for the African market. ‘Jarrah’ has good vigor and canopy color, and produces firm fruit with uniform color, weighing 80-100 g. The variety is resistant to Tomato mosaic virus (ToMV) and Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV). ‘Jarrah’ is another example of how WorldVeg germplasm, breeding consortiums, and collaborations in Africa and Asia benefit farmers and consumers! Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium  APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium

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New members appointed to World Vegetable Center Board of Directors

The World Vegetable Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda and Ms. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli to the Center’s Board of Directors. The announcement was made during the 54th meeting of the board, held from 26-29 November 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania. "Their scope of experience in shaping Africa's agricultural strategy and policy will strengthen the Center’s ability to deliver research with impact,” said Marco Wopereis, WorldVeg Director General. "We are fortunate to have these dynamic and forward-thinking women to advise us on our strategy and activities."

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


Sikirou, Rachidatou, Marie-Epiphane Eyinkitin Akinni Dossoumou, Bruno Zocli, Victor Afari-Sefa, Judith Honfoga, Komla Azoma, Jaw-rong Chen, Mathews L Paret, and Wubetu Legesse. 2018. First Report of Bacterial Wilt of Amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus) Caused by Ralstonia solanacearum in Benin. PLANT DISEASE. https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-07-18-1140-PDN.

Srinivasan, Ramasamy, Paola Sotelo, Mei-ying Lin, Heng Chhun Hy, Kang Sareth, and Sarika Sor. 2018. Development and Validation of an Integrated Pest Management Strategy for the Control of Major Insect Pests on Yard-Long Bean in Cambodia. CROP PROTECTION. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2018.10.015.

Thi, Minh Hang Bui, and Pepijn Schreinemachers. 2018. Livelihood Changes of Affected Households under Resource Scarcity: The Son La Hydropower Project in Vietnam. KASETSART JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.kjss.2018.08.004.

Mariyono, Joko, Hanik A Dewi, Putu B Daroini, Evy Latifah, Abu Z Zakariya, and Victor Afari-Sefa. 2018. Marketing Aspects of Vegetables: Comparative Study of Four Regions in East Java and Bali. JURNAL SOSIAL EKONOMI DAN KEBIJAKAN PERTANIAN. https://doi.org/10.21107/agriekonomika.v7i1.3410.

Naresh, Ponnam, Shih-wen Lin, Chen-yu Lin, Yen-wei Wang, Roland Schafleitner, Andrzej Kilian, and Sanjeet Kumar. 2018. Molecular Markers Associated to Two Non-Allelic Genic Male Sterility Genes in Peppers (Capsicum annuum L.). FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01343.

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. Current genebank holdings:



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.


  • Strengthening AIRCA monitoring and evaluation systems (October 2018). Written by monitoring and evaluation (M&E) specialists of the Association of International Research Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA), this paper aims to strengthening the M&E systems of individual centers within AIRCA by identifying experiences and best practices. It concludes with 10 key lessons for M&E systems.

  • Evaporative cooling technologies for improved vegetable storage in Mali. (August 2018) WorldVeg and the MIT D-Lab investigated the potential for non-electric evaporative cooling devices to address post-harvest vegetable storage challenges in rural Mali.

  • Mungbean production manual (April 2018) Basic methods for producing a valuable legume crop. In Urdu and English.
  • Vegetable Nursery and Tomato Seedling Management Guide (January 2018) The production of good quality seedlings is essential for higher yields and improved crop quality. This well-illustrated manual explains the process.

  • Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables (September 2017) This groundbreaking review by Pepijn Schreinemachers, Emmy B. Simmons, and Marco Wopereis points to the urgent need for greater public and private investment in vegetable crop research. Global Food Security, 4 September 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2017.09.005