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

Bitter Gourd Open Field Days

The World Vegetable Center will showcase its collection of better bitter gourd breeding lines during Bitter Gourd Open Field Days, 21 August – 6 September 2016 at the World Vegetable Center East and Southeast Asia/Oceania Research and Training Station, Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen, Thailand. Cucurbit breeders and plant pathologists from seed companies and public institutes are invited to come to our experimental plots to examine nearly 400 advanced breeding lines. These lines belong to different market segments popular with growers and consumers in different regions of Asia. Lines have been bred for improved yield and fruit quality and resistance to diseases such as powdery mildew, Cercospora leaf spot, and viruses using a broader gene pool derived from the global collection of bitter gourd maintained at the WorldVeg genebank. For more information and to arrange your visit, please contact Narinder Dhillon, Global Cucurbit Breeder, World Vegetable Center (narinder.dhillon@worldveg.org).

2016-10-22T04:50:20+00:00August 16th, 2016|Categories: East and Southeast Asia, In Brief|Tags: , , |

Boosting the vegetable sector in Africa

Africa’s growing cities increasingly seek safe and reliable sources of quality vegetables. A vibrant agri-food sector in rural and peri-urban areas can tap into this demand to provide wholesome and affordable food for city dwellers—and in the process, fight malnutrition, create employment, and reduce poverty on-farm. This message was at the heart of a keynote presentation delivered by Marco Wopereis, World Vegetable Center Director General, on 8 August 2016 during the 3rd All-Africa Horticultural Congress at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Participants from across the continent gathered at the IITA campus to present ideas, explore options, and address bottlenecks for exploiting horticulture’s potential to expand and enhance local economies and livelihoods.

2016-10-22T04:50:21+00:00August 10th, 2016|Categories: In Brief, Latest News|Tags: , , |

Pulse progress

On behalf of the World Vegetable Center, Legume Breeder Ram Nair signed a memorandum of agreement between the Center and the Government of Odisha, India on 23 July 2016 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha to support the project “Improving mungbean and urdbean productivity in Odisha state.” P. K. Meherda, Commissioner cum Director, Directorate of Agriculture and Food Production, Government of Odisha, signed for Odisha.

2016-10-22T04:50:23+00:00August 2nd, 2016|Categories: In Brief, South Asia|Tags: , , |

Opening doors for collaboration

Director General Marco Wopereis recently returned from his first official trip to Europe and Africa, where he met staff, current and potential partners, and donors. In Montpellier, France, he had discussions on collaboration between the Center and CIRAD (Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) and attended the CIRAD Scientific Council Meeting from 8-10 June. CIRAD has strengths in field agronomy and modeling, vegetable breeding, food safety and market linkages in Africa. In Mali from 14-17 June, Marco met with the World Vegetable Center’s West and Central Africa team at the office in Bamako, and representatives of government and nongovernmental organizations. Mali seeks support to develop its horticultural sector, particularly the vegetable seed sector.

2016-10-22T04:50:27+00:00June 28th, 2016|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , |

New seed shipment arrives in Svalbard

Institutes from around the world made deposits to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault this week, marking another step forward in the fight to ensure future global food security. More than 8,000 varieties of crops from Germany, Thailand, New Zealand, and the World Vegetable Center arrived at the Vault, located on a remote Norwegian archipelago, to be stored deep within the permafrost.

2016-10-22T04:50:31+00:00May 24th, 2016|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , |

Seeking Deputy Director General – Research

Are you the person to move the World Vegetable Center’s research agenda forward? Do you have the drive, vision and experience to establish collaborations with advanced research institutions, and create a simulating environment to attract world class scientific staff, partners, visiting scientists and students from around the world? If so, the Center wants you as its next Deputy Director General - Research. Download the position announcement. Deadline for applications is 15 July 2016.

2016-10-22T04:50:32+00:00May 13th, 2016|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , |

Technical cooperation to identify molecular markers in tomato

The World Vegetable Center and the Rural Development Administration (RDA), Republic of Korea, have embarked on a technical cooperation project to identify molecular markers associated with disease and insect resistance for marker assisted selection in tomato breeding programs. Il-Sheob Shin, an RDA scientist seconded to the Center, is the principal investigator, under the supervision of Roland Schafleitner, head of Biotechnology/Molecular Breeding. The project runs through January 2018.

2016-10-22T04:50:33+00:00May 11th, 2016|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , , |

Handover Ceremony

Board Chairman Yu-Tsai Huang officially handed over the leadership of the World Vegetable Center from outgoing Director General Dyno Keatinge to new DG Marco Wopereis in a ceremony on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 at headquarters. Board members and observers, invited guests, and staff filled the auditorium to witness this transition in the Center’s history.

2016-10-22T04:50:55+00:00April 20th, 2016|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , , |

Household gardens in developmental and emergency contexts

A webinar to be hosted by Catholic Relief Services on 14 April 2016 will feature Thomas Dubois, Regional Director, AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center Eastern and Southern Africa, and Pepijn Schreinemachers, AVRDC Lead Specialist - Impact Evaluation, who will present a strategy for rural household gardens in Africa and Asia using locally adapted and nutrition-dense vegetables as a core element.

2016-10-22T04:50:58+00:00April 7th, 2016|Categories: In Brief|Tags: , |