It was a great day: The sun was shining and the vegetables came out to play! The annual Seed & Seedling Festival hosted by the Tainan District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (DARES) in Xinhua, Taiwan delighted thousands of visitors who attended the event on Saturday, 25 November 2017.
World Vegetable Center breeding programs produce the materials national research institutes need to bring new resilient and productive varieties to farmers.
Edoh Ognakossan Kukom (Togo) joined WorldVeg in November 2017 as the Production and Postharvest Specialist for the USAID-funded Mali Horticulture Scaling Project. Edoh has more than 7 years of experience in agricultural research working on postharvest management of staple crops. His research interests include participatory development, testing and transfer of innovations that focus on reducing losses and adding value along value chains of common staple foods. Prior to joining the World Vegetable Center, he was a research fellow under the RELOAD (Reduction of Postharvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains) project at icipe (Kenya). He also has done a variety of consultancy assignments with the Natural Resources Institutes, University of Greenwich under the African Postharvest Losses Information System (APHLIS) project. He previously worked as a research assistant in the Postharvest Management and Food Safety Department of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Benin.
Lutz Depenbusch (Germany) joined the World Vegetable Center in November 2017 to work in the Center’s impact evaluation team. Lutz obtained his PhD in Economics as part of the GlobalFood research training program at the University of Goettingen, funded by the German Research Foundation. As part of his PhD he conducted quantitative research on gender-based price discrimination in Central Kenyan vegetable markets. Lutz holds a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Erfurt and a Master of Arts in Development Economics from the University of Goettingen. He participated in exchange programs with St. Paul University/University of Ottawa in Canada, and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
The small village of Djalé, located in the Sikasso region of Mali, is the perfect example of a community determined to overcome malnutrition and poverty.
The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is pleased to announce it has received two grants from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to support vegetable research and development activities in Tanzania and Kenya.
Residents of Tasani, Chaani Kubwa and Fuoni villages sampled some tasty dishes prepared with traditional vegetables during three field days and cook shows held from 19-26 October 2017 as part of the Home Garden Scaling Project.
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 has long been a popular crop in Asia, but other parts of the world are beginning to take greater notice of this nutritious legume.