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

Prize-winning photo promotes home gardens, seed saving in Tanzania

A photograph of home gardener Bibi Mwanaidi and her grandson with African nightshade seeds Mwanaidi harvested from her garden in Tanzania claimed second place in the Feed the Future 2017 photo contest. Photographer Rhiannon O'Sullivan, a communications volunteer from Australian Volunteers International who worked at WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa in Arusha, Tanzania in 2016, took the photo.

2017-02-27T00:19:24+00:00February 27th, 2017|Categories: Eastern and Southern Africa, In Brief|Tags: , , , |

New AIRCA chair

Professor Sayed Azam-Ali has been elected as the new chair of the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA) for the 2017 - 2018 term. AIRCA is a nine-member alliance focused on increasing global food security by supporting smallholder agriculture within healthy, sustainable and climate-smart landscapes. The World Vegetable Center is one of the founding members of the organization.

2017-02-15T03:23:59+00:00February 15th, 2017|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , |

APSA and WorldVeg sign agreement

The Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA) and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) signed an agreement on 7 December 2016 in Bangkok for the development and testing of new climate-versatile tomatoes, peppers and cucurbits. The “APSA and World Vegetable Center Consortium” agreement was signed by APSA Executive Director Heidi Gallant and WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis. Representatives of leading seed and plant breeding enterprises, including Chia Tai, Lion Seeds, Dynamic Seeds, EastWest Seed and Kasetsart University attended the signing. -- MORE --

2017-02-16T05:59:21+00:00January 25th, 2017|Categories: Articles, East and Southeast Asia, In Brief, JAN2017, Latest News|Tags: |

WorldVeg staffer wins postharvest award

WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa Postharvest Research Associate/Nutritionist Roseline Marealle recently received the 2016 Kader Award for Postharvest Training from the Postharvest Education Foundation. The foundation presents the award to an outstanding graduate e-learner or a team of e-learners after the successful completion of a year of training on commodity systems assessment, small-scale postharvest handling practices, postharvest demonstration design, postharvest training program design, and cost/benefit analysis. -- MORE --

2017-02-16T06:01:32+00:00January 9th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Eastern and Southern Africa, In Brief, JAN2017|Tags: , |

Project Manager, Mali

Omar Diouf is the new Project Manager for the Mali Horticulture Scaling Project. Dr. Diouf, a Senegalese national, holds a PhD degree in plant physiology and agrotechnology from the University of Brussels, Belgium.

2017-01-25T05:07:50+00:00December 2nd, 2016|Categories: In Brief|Tags: |

Honored by Queen and Country

Dr. Dyno Keatinge, former Director General of the World Vegetable Center, will receive an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his “services to tropical agriculture and the reduction of both poverty and malnutrition in the developing world,” the British Foreign Office announced on December 31, 2016. He was recommended for the award for his work with the world’s foremost research and development institution for the improvement of vegetables. -- MORE --

2017-01-26T00:58:55+00:00December 1st, 2016|Categories: Articles, In Brief|Tags: , , |

Colors to honor the King

The World Vegetable Center, in collaboration with the Tropical Vegetable Research Center at Kasetsart University, will provide 250 seed kits and books to local farmers in remembrance of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The kits will contribute towards his majesty's "New Theory in Agriculture" by providing high-quality vegetable seeds to create self-reliant farmers. Each kit contains 9 species of 7 different colors (with 7 unique nutrient profiles) to produce a beautiful, health-promoting garden, as well as a book on how to save the seed of each species.

2016-12-01T04:51:12+00:00November 22nd, 2016|Categories: East and Southeast Asia, In Brief|Tags: , , |

Marco Wopereis: “Our work is now more important than ever”

During the official opening of the new addition to the World Vegetable Center South Asia building in Hyderabad, India on 18 October 2016, the Director General addressed the Center's regional role in vegetable productivity, new technology to benefit small-scale producers, and the need to overcome malnutrition, especially among women and children.

2016-10-25T06:05:09+00:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: In Brief, South Asia|Tags: |

Taiwan Seed Industry Development Forum

Twelve Taiwan seed companies met with World Vegetable Center staff and members of the Taiwan Council of Agriculture, Food and Fertilizer Technology Center, and the Taiwan Seed Trade Association on 3 October 2016 at WorldVeg headquarters to seek out areas for collaboration. WorldVeg staff learned about the research priorities of Taiwan seed companies, and seed companies were introduced to the Center's vital role in international agriculture, particularly in Africa and other parts of Asia. The forum aimed to facilitate knowledge sharing, opportunities for regional field trials, and transfer of the Center's research products to Taiwan vegetable producers.

2016-10-22T04:50:12+00:00October 3rd, 2016|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , , |