Eastern and Southern Africa
The Center’s African regional program began in 1992 in Arusha, northern Tanzania. Today the World Vegetable Center has professional research and development staff working across Africa on important vegetable crops such as tomato, pepper, onion and cabbage, as well as a range of African traditional vegetables, and partners with more than 40 national institutions and many international organizations.
The Center operates two regional bases on the continent: in Tanzania for Eastern and Southern Africa, and in Mali for West and Central Africa. There is a liaison office in Cameroon to reach into sub-Saharan Africa with improved vegetable varieties and production technologies.
The vegetable sector in sub-Saharan Africa is severely underdeveloped and vegetable consumption is extremely low. In Africa’s diverse agroclimatic zones, there is enormous potential for smallholder farmers to produce numerous vegetable crops for domestic and international markets.
Vegetables are often the most important source of cash income for smallholder farmers, and indigenous vegetables provide an important source of nutrition, particularly for poor people. New varieties and improved management methods have been developed and extended through training programs for research and extension workers and smallholder farmers.
EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA UPDATE
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 Global Action Plan for Agricultural Diversification (GAPAD) is an initiative to support the Sustainable Development Agenda (Agenda 2030) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. At a recent roundtable forum in Nairobi, 40 participants from 14 countries met to begin developing a global action plan for agricultural diversification, which will contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero hunger.
Sophia Bongole, Project Site Coordinator – Tanzania
Fekadu Fufu Dinssa, Vegetable Breeder
Thomas Dubois, Regional Director
Roman Fortunatus, Postharvest Scientist
Andreas Gramzow, Agribusiness/Marketing Specialist
Philipo Joseph, Research Assistant, Postharvest & Socioeconomics
Radegunda Kessy, Research Associate, Agribusiness And Socioeconomics
Nadine Kwazi, Regional Coordinator
Alaik Laizer, Field Officer – Agribusiness
Upendo Loth Laiser, Secretary
Bernard Lwesya, IT Support Engineer
John Macharia, ACIAR VINESA Project Manager
James Leonard Magumba, Assistant Accountant
Raphael Mallogo, Research Assistant – Plant Protection
Roseline Marealle, Research Assistant, Postharvest
Mary Matovolwa, Research Assistant – Plant Breeding
Omary Ijumaa Mbwambo, Research Associate, Farm Operations
Baraka Eliah Mchala, Procurement Assistant
Hassan Mndiga, Senior Training Assistant (Seconded Staff From Horti Tengeru)
Inviolate Dominick Mrema, Field Officer
Martha Aminiel Munisi, Seed Attendant
Salome Mushi Research Assistant – Plant Breeding
Ngoni Nenguwo, Postharvest Specialist
Justus Ochieng, Postdoctoral Scientist — Agricultural Economist
Ralph Roothaert, Project Manager: Homegarden Scaling in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
David Sarakikya, Senior Finance Officer
Nemayan Stephen, VINESA Project Administrative Assistant
Tsvetelina Stoilova, Scientist – Genetic Resources
Never Zekeya, Research Assistant – Entomology
Alphonse Aggrey, Driver
Aneth Joseph Kaaya, Staff Canteen Supervisor
Adam Exsuper Lyimo,, Driver
Gilbert Mushi, Driver
Roghathe Akyoo Ndetiyo, Housekeeping Assistant
Paul Anael Sawe, Gardener
John George Tarimo, Electrical Assistant
James Mutebi, Project Site Coordinator (Homegarden Scaling)
Sylvia Namazzi, Research Associate and Coordinator for Action Site (Humidtropics)