VEGETABLES FOR PROSPERITY AND HEALTH
The World Vegetable Center conducts research, builds networks, and carries out training and promotion activities to raise awareness of the role of vegetables for improved health and global poverty alleviation.
Vegetables can alleviate poverty by creating new jobs and new sources of income for farmers and landless laborers, improve health by providing essential micronutrients lacking in diets, enhance learning and working capacities of adults and children through improved diets and health, and improve the sustainability of food production practices by diversifying cropping systems. The Center’s research and development work focuses on breeding improved vegetable lines, developing and promoting safe production practices, reducing postharvest losses, and improving the nutritional value of vegetables.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE WORLD VEGETABLE CENTER
Approximately 400 staff with around 60 internationally recruited scientists and professionals. Read more…
- Shanhua, Taiwan. The Center is the only international agricultural research center headquartered in a Chinese-speaking country.
- East and Southeast Asia – Bangkok, Thailand (1992)
- Eastern and Southern Africa – Arusha, Tanzania (1992)
- South Asia – Hyderabad, India (2006)
- West and Central Africa – Bamako, Mali (2007)
- Central & West Asia and North Africa – Tashkent, Uzbekistan
- National Horticultural Research Institute – Suwon, Korea
- Yaounde, Cameroon
- East and Southeast Asia Research and Training Station – Kamphaeng Saen, Thailand
Outreach project offices:
- Maroua, Cameroon
- Nairobi, Kenya
- Monrovia, Liberia
- Sikasso, Mali
- Mopti, Mali
- Kampala, Uganda
- Sigatoka, Fiji
- Honiaria, Solomon Islands
- Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Hanoi, Vietnam
- Dhaka, Jessore, and Barisal, Bangladesh
- Ranchi, Ludhiana, Bhubabeswar, Chickmagalur, and Raichur, India
- Islamabad, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Mingora-Swat, Pakistan
- Dushanbe, Tajikistan
10 STRATEGIC ADVANTAGES
With more than 61,235 accessions of 440 species from 151 countries, the World Vegetable Center genebank includes globally important vegetables such as tomato, onion, peppers and cabbage as well as more than 10,000 accessions of traditional vegetables. Often highly nutritious, these species are typically hardy and require less fertilizer or other costly inputs to thrive. Each year the Center distributes about 10,000 seed samples to researchers across the globe. Over the past four decades this has led to the release of hundreds of new vegetable varieties with particular impact in developing countries.
For four decades the Center has conducted breeding and agronomic research to adapt globally important temperate vegetable crops to the high temperatures and weather extremes of the tropics – conditions likely to be more prevalent with climate change. It also develops and promotes traditional vegetables that are already well-adapted to the extremes of tropical climates. The Center led the development of tropically adapted tomatoes and brassicas, which made production of these crops in the tropical lowlands possible for the first time. Its research on vegetable production systems to cope with climate change includes work on flooding and drought tolerance, promoting grafting of tomatoes, peppers and other high-value crops onto flood-tolerant rootstocks of eggplant and other vegetables, and developing raised bed and covered cultivation techniques to grow tomatoes in the hot-wet season. Genes from wild relatives of tomato that thrive in arid climates are being bred into commercial tomato varieties to improve their drought tolerance.