stories from the March 2019 Fresh

Forging strong links in Tanzania

A World Vegetable Center delegation—Board member Lindiwe Sibanda, Director General Marco Wopereis, and Flagship Leader Healthy Diets and Officer-in-Charge for WorldVeg’s Regional Center for Eastern and Southern Africa Ralph Roothaert—visited Dodoma, Tanzania from 11-12 April 2019. On the 11th, the delegation met with the Director General of the Tanzanian Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Dr. Geoffrey Mkamilo, and staff at TARI headquarters in Dodoma to discuss opportunities for enhanced collaboration. On the 12th, the delegation met with the Minister for Agriculture of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Japhet N. Hasunga, and the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Eng. Mathew J. Mtigumwe.

2019-05-30T02:07:04+00:00April 14th, 2019|Categories: Briefing, In Brief, MAR2019|Tags: |

Tomatoes in Benin

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.

2019-04-11T06:55:10+00:00April 11th, 2019|Categories: MAR2019, PHOTO OP|Tags: , |

Scientist – Traditional Vegetables Conservation and Utilization

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.

2019-04-11T09:28:00+00:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: MAR2019, Welcome|Tags: , |

Director – WorldVeg Korea Office

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.

2019-04-11T09:24:27+00:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: MAR2019, Welcome|Tags: , |