Eastern and Southern Africa

Postharvest specialist Ngoni Nenguwo demonstrates a ZECC: zero energy cooling chamber

Farmers check out the onion trials.

World Vegetable Center
Eastern and Southern Africa
Duluti, PO Box 10 Arusha

T: +255 (27) 255-3102/3093
F: +255 (27) 255-3125


Go to MAP


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 three regional bases in Africa: in Tanzania for Eastern and Southern Africa, in Mali for West and Central Africa – Dry Regions (established 2014), and in Benin for West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions (2017). 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.


A project for people and the planet

A new project funded by the IKEA Foundation to engage women and youth in vegetable production and distribution networks aims to close the ‘vegetable gap’ and improve livelihoods and nutrition in Ethiopia and Kenya.

Tapping the potential

How traditional African vegetables can strengthen food and nutrition security in Madagascar.


Email address
Aggrey, AlphonseDriver
Dinssa, FekaduVegetable Breederfekadu.dinssa(at)worldveg.org
Ernest, ZablonField Officerzablon.ernest(at)worldveg.org
Kaaya, Aneth JosephStaff Canteen Supervisor
Kwazi, NadineExecutive Assistantnadine.kwazi(at)worldveg.org
Laiser, UpendoSecretaryupendo.laiser(at)worldveg.org
Laizer, AlaikField Officer - Agribusinessalaik.laizer(at)worldveg.org
Lwesya, BernardInformation Technology Supportbernard.lwesya(at)worldveg.org
Lyimo, Adam ExsuperDriver
Mallogo, RaphaelResearch Assistant – Plant Protectionraphael.mallogo(at)worldveg.org
Matovolwa, MaryResearch Assistantmary.matovolwa(at)worldveg.org
Mbwambo, OmaryResearch Internomary.mbwambo(at)worldveg.org
Mchala, BarakaProcurement Assistantbaraka.mchala(at)worldveg.org
Mndiga, Hassan Training & Outreach Coordinator (Seconded Staff from Horti Tengeru)hassan.mndiga(at)worldveg.org
Mosha, InviolateResearch Assistantinviolate.mosha(at)worldveg.org
Munisi, MarthaSeed Attendantmartha.munisi(at)worldveg.org
Mushi, Gilbert Driver
Mvungi, Henry Project Marketing Officerhenry.mvungi(at)worldveg.org
Ndetiyo, Roghathe Akyoo Housekeeping Assistant
Nimpagaritse, Devote Agronomist/Postharvest Specialistdevote.nimpagaritse(at)worldveg.org
Nordey, ThibaultAgronomist – Modelingthibault.nordey(at)worldveg.org
Ochieng, JustusPost-Doctoral Scientist – Agricultural Economicsjustus.ochieng(at)worldveg.org
Onyango, CharlesSite Project Coordinator - Kenyacharles.onyango(at)worldveg.org
Roothaert, RalphOfficer-in-Charge; Flagship Leader - Healthy Dietsralph.roothaert(at)worldveg.org
Salome, MushiResearch Assistantsalome.mushi(at)worldveg.org
Sarakikya, DavidSenior Finance Officerdavid.sarakikya(at)worldveg.org
Sawe, Paul Anael Gardener
Stephen, NemayanProject Administrative Assistant – VINESAnemayan.stephen(at)worldveg.org
Stoilova, TsvetelinaGenetic Resources Scientisttsvetelina.stoilova(at)worldveg.org
Tarimo, John GeorgeElectrical Assistant