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SOUTH ASIA

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World Vegetable Center
South Asia
ICRISAT Campus, Patancheru 502324
Hyderabad, Telangana,
INDIA

Tel: +91-40-30713071
Fax: +91-40-30713074 / 75

info-southasia(at)worldveg.org

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Overview

The South Asia office was established in 2006 on the campus of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) near Hyderabad, India.

South Asia is home to a large proportion of the world’s poor, most of whom live in rural areas. As poverty increases, diets often become less diverse and micronutrient malnutrition can increase as cheap starchy staples replace vegetables in diets. Vegetable production in South Asia has been virtually static for the last two decades and per capita availability has declined as populations have increased.

Despite India’s rapid economic growth, there are still 300 million people living below the poverty line and 75% of the poor live in rural areas. Per capita consumption of vegetables in India is only about 86 g/day, compared with FAO’s recommendation of 200 g/day. To improve the nutrition of rural families, vegetables production must be increased and better integrated into the region’s predominantly cereal-based farming systems. At the same time, the increasing demand for food from the urban poor living in megacities needs to be satisfied.

The South Asia team:

  • promotes home gardens and urban/peri-urban vegetable production and marketing for income generation, nutritional security, diet diversification and health
  • promotes good agricultural practices to safely produce vegetables under covered production systems
  • hosts the Center’s legume breeding program, focusing on improved varieties of mungbean and vegetable soybean, with additional work on cowpea and yard-long bean
  • identifies and introduces suitable vegetable lines to share with national partners for distribution

SOUTH ASIA UPDATE

Tajikistan nutrition-sensitive vegetable technologies: Phase II

Introducing new nutritious vegetable crops as well as new production methods to increase vegetable production and consumption in 12 districts of Khatlon Province.

The benefits of WorldVeg tomato breeding

World Vegetable Center breeding programs produce the materials national research institutes need to bring new resilient and productive varieties to farmers.

The challenges of chili production and marketing

WorldVeg South Asia staff Devender Pal Kaur, Ramashray Dubey and Souradeep Acharjee discovered first-hand the complexities of the chili value chain during a study trip from 13-14 November 2017 in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Mungbean makes news from West Africa to Australia

Mungbean has long been a popular crop in Asia, but other parts of the world are beginning to take greater notice of this nutritious legume.

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STAFF

Mohammed Razu Ahmed, Deputy Sector Leader-Vegetable (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
razu.ahmed(at)worldveg.org

Mohammad Fajal Imam, Accounts and Administration Assistant, (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
fajal.mukul(at)worldveg.org

Warwick Easdown, Regional Director,
warwick.easdown(at)worldveg.org

Neeraja Kotamarthi, Finance Officer
neeraja.kotamarthi(at)worldveg.org

Ramakrishnan Nair, Vegetable Breeder – Legumes
ramakrishnan.nair(at)worldveg.org

Abhay K. Pandey, Visiting Scientist – Pathology
abhaykumar.pandey(at)worldveg.org

Bindumadhava Hanumatha Rao, Special Project Scientist – Plant Physiology
bindu.madhava(at)worldveg.org

Ramesh Subramanian, Project Development Specialist
ramesh.subramanian(at)worldveg.org

Antonio L. Acedo Jr., Postharvest Specialist
jun.acedo(at)worldveg.org

Arshad Ahmad Pal, Visiting Scientist- Postharvest Specialist
arshad.pal(at)worldveg.org

Boddepalli Venkata Naresh, Scientific Officer – Legume Breeding
naresh.boddepalli(at)worldveg.org

Surya Murugesan, Scientific Officer – Plant Breeding
surya.murugesan(at)worldveg.org

Pamaraju Venkata Lakshmi Bharathi, Visiting Scientist – Training Coordinator
bharathi.lakshmi(at)worldveg.org

Ashish Kumar, Senior Communications Officer
ashish.kumar(at)worldveg.org

Aparna Venkatapuram, Sr. Administrative Associate
aparna.venkatapuram(at)worldveg.org

Rehana Shaik, Administrative Officer
rehana.shaik(at)worldveg.org

Lucy Bharati Sarkar, Seed Production Officer
lucy.bhararisarkar(at)worldveg.org

Shivakumar Hosamani, Research Technician
shivakumar.hosamani(at)worldveg.org

Reetanjali Meher, Scientific Officer
reetanjali.meher(at)worldveg.org

Niranjan Tripathy, Research Technician
niranjan.tripathy(at)orldveg.org

Ratikanta Nayak, Research Technician
ratikanta.nayak(at)worldveg.org

TapanKumar Pattanaik, Research Technician
tapankumar.pattanaik(at)worldveg.org

Shivakumar Ramelingappa, Research Technician (Karnataka)
shivakumar.ramelingappa(at)worldveg.org

Amaresh Amaresh, Research Technician

Mohammed Aqil, Field Assistant/Driver

Swarna Sarika, Scientific Officer (Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India)
swarna.sarika(at)worldveg.org

Devender Pal Kaur, Scientific Officer (Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India)
devender.kaur(at)worldveg.org

Nagaraju Kumar, Site Coordinator (Karnataka, India)
kumar.nagaraju(at)worldveg.org

Srinivasarao Kummari, Scientific Officer
srinivasarao.kummari(at)worldveg.org

Sabyasachi Dhala, Technical Officer
sabyasachi.dhala(at)worldveg.org

Mazhar Hussain Bukhari, Socioeconomist, Agriculture Innovation Program (Islamabad, Pakistan)
mazhar.bukhari(at)worldveg.org

Muhammad Arif Shahzad, Agricultural Engineer, Agriculture Innovation Program (Islamabad, Pakistan)
arif.shahzad(at)worldveg.org

Noman Ahmad, Account Associate, Agriculture Innovation Program (Islamabad, Pakistan)
noman.ahmad(at)worldveg.org

Imran Ahmad, Administrative Assistant, Agriculture Innovation Program (Islamabad, Pakistan)
imran.ahmad(at)worldveg.org

Sher Nabi Khan, Site Coordinator, Beans with Benefits (Islamabad, Pakistan)
shernabi.khan(at)worldveg.org

Kashif Ali, Driver

Mazullah Khan, Vegetable Seed Specialist, Agriculture Innovation Program (Mingora-Swat, Pakistan)
mazullah.khan(at)worldveg.org