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June 2018

2017 Annual Report

The report provides many examples of our commitment to work in partnership and to contribute to healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods through greater diversity in what we grow and eat – the vision behind our 2017-2025 Strategic Plan.

Partners from the public and private sectors, engaged and dedicated researchers, and the people who put it all into practice on the ground: Meet them in the 2017 Annual Report.


Integrated Nutrient Management workshop at Madanapalle

Every farmer has a “secret recipe” for tomato growing success. An integral part of a high yield is proper tomato plant nutrition. Giving a plant the right nutrition at the right time will not only increase fruit yield, it will also help prevent damage from diseases and pests.

Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium

Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium      Your Research Partner for Success • Learn about the latest developments in breeding research from the WorldVeg team of internationally renowned plant breeders • Scout field [...]

WorldVeg Training Courses

Train with WorldVeg! From one-day workshops to two-week-long courses, we offer a perfect solution to find the knowledge and skills you seek. Check this page regularly for new courses and updates to our training schedule.

Germplasm curators dig into data

With accurate data records and improved data management skills, genebank curators in Africa can more easily share information about traditional vegetables and get a better picture of the overall global status of these important crops.

Successful adaptation

With the help of partners, high yielding, disease resistant vegetable lines from WorldVeg have a promising future in Southeast Asia.


The Angkor Salad project funded by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) focuses on incorporating satellite-derived data to inform and improve agricultural production in selected developing countries.

2018 APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Workshop

The Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA)/World Vegetable Center Vegetable Breeding Consortium held its second annual workshop on 16-17 May 2018 at WorldVeg headquarters in Shanhua, Taiwan. Fifty-two participants from 32 consortium companies across the region joined 37 WorldVeg staff for discussions, intensive seminars on the Center’s breeding work and other research, and in-field evaluations of tomato, pepper, and cucurbit crops.



  • Annual Report 2017 (June 2018) This year’s report provides many examples of our commitment to work in partnership and to contribute to healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods through greater diversity in what we grow and eat–the vision behind our 2017-2025 Strategic Plan.

  • Mungbean production manual (April 2018) Basic methods for producing a valuable legume crop. In Urdu and English.
  • Vegetable Value Chains in the Dry Zone and Ayeyarwady Delta of Myanmar (March 2018). A report on a scoping study conducted in Magway, Dry Zone and Ayeyarwady Delta region of Myanmar to determine the needs of smallholder farmers and traders relating to vegetable production, postharvest handling and consumption.

  • Vegetable Nursery and Tomato Seedling Management Guide (January 2018) The production of good quality seedlings is essential for higher yields and improved crop quality. This well-illustrated manual explains the process.

  • Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables (September 2017) This groundbreaking review by Pepijn Schreinemachers, Emmy B. Simmons, and Marco Wopereis points to the urgent need for greater public and private investment in vegetable crop research. Global Food Security, 4 September 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2017.09.005



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.


Abdoulaye T, Wossen T, Awotide B. 2018. Impacts of improved maize varieties in Nigeria: Ex-post assessment of productivity and welfare outcomes. FOOD SECURITY 10(2):369-379. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12571-018-0772-9

Ahiakpa JK, Magdy M, Werner O, Amoatey HM, Yeboah MA, Appiah AS, Quartey EK, Ros RM. 2018. Intra-specific variation in West African and Asian germplasm of okra (Abelmoschus spp L.). ANNALS OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES 62(2):131-138. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aoas.2017.08.002

Barchenger DW, Lamour KH, Bosland PW. 2018. Challenges and strategies for breeding resistance in Capsicum annuum to the multifarious pathogen, Phytophthora capsici. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE 9:628. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.00628

Bindumadhava H, Sharma L, Nair RM, Nayyar H, Riley JJ, Easdown W. 2018. High-temperature-tolerant mungbean (Vigna radiata L.) lines produce better yields when exposed to higher CO2 levels. JOURNAL OF CROP IMPROVEMENT, online. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15427528.2018.1439132

Djoumessi Y, Afari-Sefa V, Kamdem CB, Bidogeza JC. 2018. Socio-economic and institutional factors underlying efficiency of smallholder vegetable farms in Southwest region of Cameroon. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ECONOMICS 45(1):93-106. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJSE-09-2016-0256

Gramzow A, Sseguya H, Afari-Sefa V, Bekunda M, Lukumay PJ. 2018. Taking agricultural technologies to scale: experiences from a vegetable technology dissemination initiative in Tanzania. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY, online. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14735903.2018.1473103

Kansiime MK, Ochieng J, Kessy R, Karanja D, Romney D, Afari-Sefa V. 2018. Changing knowledge and perceptions of African indigenous vegetables: The role of community-based nutritional outreach. DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE 28(4):480-493. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09614524.2018.1449814

Makamto Sobgui C, Fezeu LK, Diawara F, Diarra H, Afari-Sefa V, Tenkouano A. 2018. Predictors of poor nutritional status among children aged 6–24 months in agricultural regions of Mali: A cross-sectional study. BMC NUTRITION 4:18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40795-018-0225-z

Ochieng J, Knerr B, Owuor G, Ouma E. 2018. Strengthening collective action to improve marketing performance: evidence from farmer groups in Central Africa. JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION AND EXTENSION 24(2):169-189. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1389224X.2018.1432493

Ronoh R, Ekhuya NA, Linde M, Winkelmann T, Abukutsa-Onyango M, Dinssa FF, Debener T. 2018. African nightshades: genetic, biochemical and metabolite diversity of an underutilised indigenous leafy vegetable and its potential for plant breeding. JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE & BIOTECHNOLOGY, 93(2):113-121. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14620316.2017.1358112



The Angkor Salad project funded by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) focuses on incorporating satellite-derived data to inform and improve agricultural production in selected developing countries.



The World Vegetable Center is pleased to announce the appointment of two Borlaug-Ruan International Internship interns for 2018. Ms. Tyler Reid, 17, from Brandywine, Maryland, USA, will study plant genetics at WorldVeg headquarters under the guidance of Genebank Manager Dr. Maarten van Zonneveld. She has explored symbiotic plant systems through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s AgDiscovery program and with the National Park System. Mr. Chase Krug, 17, from Marion, Iowa, USA, has been conducting crop research on potatoes, corn, peas, and soybeans since his freshman year of high school. He will work out of the WorldVeg South Asia office in Hyderabad, India with Legume Breeder Dr. Ramakrishnan Nair and Visiting Entomologist Dr. Abdul Rasheed War.


Stu Brown, Kathy Chen, Narinder Dhillon, Thomas Dubois, Zablon Ernest, David Johnson, Vanna Liu, Hassan Mdinga, Abhilash Miriyapalli, Caleb Ibukun Olanipekun, Somchit Pruangwitayakun, Tsvetelina Stoilova, Maarten van Zonneveld


Support for World Vegetable Center activities provided by project donors and the following strategic long-term donors:

  • Republic of China (ROC)
  • UK aid
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
  • Germany
  • Thailand
  • Philippines
  • Korea
  • Japan


In Africa, six out of 10 women depend on the land for their livelihoods, they must have access to the means of production―the land itself. If we are going to have development across the globe, women need equal access to the land. ― Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

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