This delightful image from the World Vegetable Center took second place in the Feed the Future 2017 photo contest!
Traditional vegetables once provided a large proportion of the daily protein, vitamin and mineral intake in Papua New Guinea. As the country becomes integrated with the global economy, however, people are consuming more imported processed foods and are eating more meat. Groups in PNG are working to promote consumption of traditional crops to improve nutrition and health. --MORE--
At the request of the Bangladesh seed industry and with financial support from seed companies, WorldVeg South Asia organized a three-day training course on “Maintaining Seed Quality” from 16 - 18 January 2017 at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) in Gazipur. --MORE--
In Odisha in eastern India onions are usually grown during the dry winter or Rabi season. The World Vegetable Center has now created a profitable new alternative for farmers by promoting onion production during the wet summer or Kharif season, a practice that was never considered possible because of waterlogging problems. --MORE--
Young VINESA farmers learn enhanced crop management practices, how to diversify production, and ways to improve value chain effectiveness to increase their market returns. --MORE--
Rebecca Zwart, Senior Research Fellow (Crop Nemotology) and five members from the Nematology Group, University of Southern Queensland, Australia visited WorldVeg South Asia on 1 February 2017 to learn about the Center's work in screening mungbean lines for resistance to root-lesion nematodes.
The Horticulture Innovation Lab, Kasetsart University, and WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia in Thailand hosted a vegetable grafting workshop on 22-23 February 2017 for 30 participants from the private seed and nursery sector from Thailand, Cambodia, India, and Lao PDR. --MORE--