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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.

2019-04-15T01:08:31+00:00April 14th, 2019|Categories: Briefing, In Brief, MAR2019|Tags: |

AARDO and WorldVeg renew MoU

MoU RENEWED: The Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) and WorldVeg renewed a Memorandum of Understanding on 19 February 2019 to explore opportunities and coordinate efforts to address sustainable diversification of food systems, good agricultural and manufacturing practices, and safe and sustainable development of vegetable value chains. The ultimate objective of this collaboration is to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG1 and SDG2. AARDO, formed in 1962, is an inter-governmental organization with 17 members from Africa, 14 from Asia, and 2 associate members.

2019-04-11T06:14:01+00:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Briefing, In Brief, MAR2019|Tags: |

New WorldVeg office for Korea

A Memorandum of Arrangement between the National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science, Rural Development Administration (RDA-NIHHS), Republic of Korea and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) regarding the establishment and operation of a WorldVeg - Korea Office was signed by NIHHS Director General Hwang Jeong Hwan and WorldVeg DG Marco Wopereis on 21 January 2019. NIHHS is committed to developing a variety of horticultural and herbal crops, production technologies and added value creation, based on the convergence of information and communication technology and biotechnology.

2019-01-25T07:55:29+00:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Briefing, In Brief, JAN2019|Tags: |

New variety for Africa

Using WorldVeg tomato breeding line AVTO1003 (CLN3125L), Rijk Zwaan Breeding B.V. developed a new semi-determinate plum tomato variety ‘Jarrah RZ F1 (71 102)’ specifically for the African market. ‘Jarrah’ has good vigor and canopy color, and produces firm fruit with uniform color, weighing 80-100 g. The variety is resistant to Tomato mosaic virus (ToMV) and Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV). ‘Jarrah’ is another example of how WorldVeg germplasm, breeding consortia, and collaborations in Africa and Asia benefit farmers and consumers!
Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium -- APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium

2019-01-25T09:37:39+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Briefing, In Brief, JAN2019|Tags: , |

Building links with local research institutions

On 1 August 2018, the World Vegetable Center and the College of Bioresources and Agriculture (CBA) of National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan signed a Memorandum of Agreement for further research collaborations. WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis and Prof. Huu-Sheng Lur, Dean, CBA-NTU, signed the agreement on behalf of the two institutions.

2018-09-03T05:18:29+00:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: Articles, AUG2018, Briefing, In Brief|Tags: , , |

Cameroon and WorldVeg strengthen ties

Cameroon’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 16 August 2018, officially inking a partnership to work together on strengthening vegetable seed systems, mobilizing and training smallholders to produce certified onion seed, and increasing the supply of traditional African vegetables in the country.

2018-09-03T05:01:19+00:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Articles, AUG2018, Briefing, In Brief, West and Central Africa - Coastal and Humid Regions|Tags: , , |

Recapturing vegetable phytonutrients for healthier diets

In 2017, WorldVeg analyzed nutritional traits of 55 traditional vegetable species commonly consumed by the Ami, a Taiwan aboriginal group, before the current/modern food system became dominant over the past 50 years. The Ami traditionally collected edible plants from the wild in eastern Taiwan, a region with diverse plant communities. Phytonutrient values of Ami traditional vegetables were compared with the phytonutrient contents previously measured by our laboratory for 200 species of tropical Asian and African traditional vegetables, and 30 commonly consumed vegetables in Taiwan. The vegetable crops commonly consumed in Taiwan today tend to have less dry matter and high sugar content, reflecting consumer taste preferences. These crops are also lower in nutrients such as protein, beta-carotene, vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants—implying that there may be fewer nutrients available from vegetables grown in modern food systems.

2018-06-15T08:32:05+00:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: Briefing, JUN2018|Tags: , , |

Remembering Dr. Yang

Charles Yu-di Yang, age 86, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018 at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. In 1972, Dr. Yang accepted an offer from the Rockefeller Foundation to be the Senior Pathologist at the Asian Vegetable Research & Development Center (AVRDC). In 1980, he moved to Thailand to lead the AVRDC outreach program there. During his 17 years in Thailand, Charles developed the outreach program literally from the ground up.  He got the funding to build the research center and training facilities; hired and managed the staff; oversaw the construction of the buildings; and developed, implemented and directed the training program for nearly 400 scholars from 18 countries around the world.

2018-04-18T05:49:15+00:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: APR2018, Briefing, In Brief|

WorldVeg parentage in high-yielding, triple-disease resistant ‘Arka Rakshak’ tomato

Tomato is India’s second most important vegetable crop, next to potato. And now ‘Arka Rakshak’, a new F1 fresh market and processing tomato hybrid with resistance to three major tomato diseases, is available for farmers eager to supply India’s growing demand. The variety was developed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) by crossing one of their advanced breeding lines with an advanced breeding line sourced from the World Vegetable Center. Tomato leaf curl virus, bacterial wilt and early blight are among the most difficult tomato diseases to manage as there are no chemical treatments available to stop their spread. Building resistance into a variety is the most effective -- and cost-effective -- approach to tomato disease management. ‘Arka Rakshak’ produces medium to large (80-100 g), deep red, very firm fruits with good keeping quality (15-20 days) and transportability. Farmers can expect yields of 90-100 t/ha. WorldVeg provides the important breeding materials partners need to produce vigorous, pest-and disease-resistant varieties with tolerance to heat, drought, flooding and other environmental conditions farmers typically encounter in the field. Congratulations to IIHR!

2018-02-09T02:56:34+00:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: Briefing, FEB2018, In Brief|Tags: , , |