|In Brief

Announcements and short news items about activities at the Center or elsewhere

Taipei architecture firm wins contract for World Vegetable Center research infrastructure modernization

EDS (Environmental Dimension Studio) International, a Taipei-based architectural firm, was awarded a contract to develop plans and oversee significant elements of a major construction project to modernize the research infrastructure of the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) headquarters in Shanhua, Taiwan. The contract was signed by EDS Principal Architect Yuan-Liang Tsai and WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis. The Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA) is providing US$ 22 million (NT$ 660 million) for the Research Infrastructure Modernization (RIM) project. Improvements will include a new seed treatment facility, capacity for field phenotyping, and upgraded laboratory facilities.“We’re grateful to Taiwan COA for the financial support that will allow us to start making our vision of a modern open science center for vegetable research a reality,” Wopereis said.

2019-04-11T06:21:43+00:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: In Brief, MAR2019|Tags: , , |

A difficult moth to manage

More than 70 researchers from around the world gathered at World Vegetable Center headquarters in Shanhua, Taiwan from 4-8 March 2019 to participate in the 8th International Conference on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests, organized in conjunction with Cornell University.

2019-04-11T06:29:20+00:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Headquarters, 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: , |

New members appointed to World Vegetable Center Board of Directors

The World Vegetable Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda and Ms. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli to the Center’s Board of Directors. The announcement was made during the 54th meeting of the board, held from 26-29 November 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania. "Their scope of experience in shaping Africa's agricultural strategy and policy will strengthen the Center’s ability to deliver research with impact,” said Marco Wopereis, WorldVeg Director General. "We are fortunate to have these dynamic and forward-thinking women to advise us on our strategy and activities."

2019-01-25T07:52:30+00:00January 10th, 2019|Categories: Articles, 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: , , |

ASIA AGRI-TECH EXPO

Dr. Roland Schafleitner of the World Vegetable Center, Dr. May Chodchoey of the Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA), and Mr. Patrick Hafenstein of Trade and Investment Queensland will be the keynote speakers at the Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum 2018, Taiwan's leading trade show for agriculture, aquaculture and livestock manufacturing technologies and solutions. Scheduled for July 26-28 at the Taipei World Trade Center, the expo will feature innovations in plant seed production and crop management to address climate change and food security. The conference's 45 sessions will cover plant health, aquaculture environment control, and sustainable livestock farming. A panel discussion on “Plant health management -- trends and solutions to reduce the usage of pesticides” hosted by Dr. Shan-Da Liu, will be jointly led by Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Taiwan Agricultural Chemicals and Toxic Substances Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Rotam Global Agrosciences, and CH Biotech R&D. Other presentations will focus on the current challenges of sustainable farming and food production, consumer trends, and agribusiness. Online registration is open now at https://goo.gl/eHhgwa or contact Ms. Joy Chou (mailto:aat-tw@ubm.com).

2018-07-10T08:58:39+00:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , |

BUILDING IMPACT

The World Vegetable Center seeks a diversity of ideas and options for the design and construction of a new research laboratory and its integration into the institution’s existing 120-hectare campus located in Shanhua, Tainan City, Taiwan. In April 2018, WorldVeg received a USD 1.7 million (NTD 50,000,000) planning grant from the Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA) to begin moving forward on a major USD 22 million (NTD 660,000,000) construction and renovation project to modernize the Center’s research infrastructure. In line with the Center’s strategic and operational plans, the aim is to create a vibrant campus with new, fit-for-purpose facilities, new research platforms, and enhanced existing research structures. Architectural & Engineering firms are invited to submit Expressions of Interest to undertake the project. Submission deadline: 09:00 am on 20 July 2018. See https://avrdc.org/worldveg-rim-procurement/ for details.

2018-06-01T00:41:34+00:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: In Brief|