Revisiting World Vegetable Center activities in Central Asia and the Caucasus will help determine the reach and impact of improved varieties released by countries across the region.
Making neem slurry
The WorldVeg West and Central Africa - Coastal & Humid Regions team recently visited Malanville, a major vegetable production area (tomato, purple onion, cabbage, chili pepper) in north Benin on the Niger border.
Indian experts help Bangladesh seed analysts and seed pathologists maintain good quality seed.
Chile Pepper Institute alumni collaborate on Pepper Yellow Leaf Curl Disease for WorldVeg
Farmers in Jharkhand, India are happy to take delivery of a package of improved vegetable production practices.
Sognigbe N’Danikou joined WorldVeg on 8 April 2019 as a Scientist – Traditional Vegetables Conservation and Utilization. He is based at WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa in Arusha, Tanzania. Sognigbe received his PhD in Plant Genetic Resources and Crop Protection from the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin. Specialized in plant genetic resources management and participatory crop breeding, he brings 11 years of research and development experience in sustainable use and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Sognigbe’s background encompasses the management of genetic diversity in farming systems, including African traditional vegetables, and the use of multidisciplinary approaches to understand the biophysical (seed technology and crop physiology) and social drivers for in-situ and ex-situ conservation of agrobiodiversity to support smallholders’ livelihood systems and food and nutrition security.
Seonghoe Jang is the Director of the new WorldVeg Korea Office. He was born in Daegu. Korea. During graduate school, he studied genes involved in flowering and flower development of tobacco and rice. As a postdoctoral research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (Cologne, Germany), he contributed to the identification of “florigen” a mobile flowering triggering molecule. In Taiwan, he focused on genetic resources determining plant architecture and controlling flowering time in rice and Phalaenopsis orchids. As Director of the Korea Office, Dr. Jang connects WorldVeg with Korea’s horticultural researchers, businesses, and production trainers, in collaboration with the National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science (NIHHS), Korea.
WorldVeg showcased validated technologies at a major agricultural forum, attracting the interest of farmers and potential partners for future collaboration.