AFRICA

54th Board Meeting brings members to the field

Board members toured the regional office campus and learned first-hand about initiatives to develop solar dryers for vegetables, innovations in below-ground grafting chambers, and vegetable business hubs to engage young people in horticultural production.

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.

CONFERENCES / SYMPOSIA

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

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SEED CONSORTIA

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

ANNUAL WORKSHOP
15-16 MAY 2019
WorldVeg Headquarters, Taiwan

Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium

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

ASIA

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.

IN BRIEF

2501, 2019

New WorldVeg office for Korea

A Memorandum of Arrangement between the National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science, Rural Development Administration (RDA-NIHHS), Republic of Korea and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) regarding the establishment and operation of a WorldVeg - Korea Office was signed by NIHHS Director General Hwang Jeong Hwan and WorldVeg DG Marco Wopereis on 21 January 2019. NIHHS is committed to developing a variety of horticultural and herbal crops, production technologies and added value creation, based on the convergence of information and communication technology and biotechnology.

2201, 2019

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 consortia, and collaborations in Africa and Asia benefit farmers and consumers!
Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium -- APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium

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

RECENT RESEARCH

Douthwaite, B.; Ahmad, F.; Shah, G.-M.; Schreinemachers, P.; Kassie, M.; Taye, B.; Williams, F.; Ciolina, D.; Ishrat, J.; Nagarajan, L.; Feldman, A.; Ahmad, T.; Kadel, L.M.; Devkota, P. 2018. Strengthening AIRCA monitoring and evaluation systems. Kathmandu, Nepal: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). 16 p. PDF

Muthoni, F.K.; Odongo, V.O.; Ochieng, J.; Mugalavai, E.M.; Mourice, S.K.; Hoesche-Zeledon, I.; Mwila, M.; Bekunda, M. 2018. Long-term spatial-temporal trends and variability of rainfall over Eastern and Southern Africa. THEORETICAL AND APPLIED CLIMATOLOGY. online. PDF

Sehgal, A.; Sita, K.i; Siddique, K.H.M.; Kumar, R.; Bhogireddy, S.; Varshney, R.K.; HanumanthaRao, B.; Nair, R.M.; Prasad, P.V.V.; Nayyar, H. 2018. Drought or/and heat-stress effects on seed filling in food crops: Impacts on functional biochemistry, seed yields, and nutritional quality. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE. 9:1705. PDF

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.

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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.

The VINESA Project: DIVERSIFYING DIETS

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.

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