Moving into Myanmar — Meeting with Kasetsart University — Former DG receives Order of the British Empire 

January 2017

Exploring opportunities for collaboration with Myanmar

State Agriculture Institute for Vocational Training, Myanmar

As the country’s horticulture sector begins to develop, WorldVeg and partners find new openings for growth

More than 3000 km from north to south, Myanmar boasts a range of environmental conditions and needs sustainable vegetable systems adapted to drought, flood, salt, hot and cold extremes. World Vegetable Center Director General Marco Wopereis traveled to Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar in early December 2016 for discussions with the Department of Agricultural Research (DAR) to explore the potential for collaboration to evolve Myanmar’s vegetable sector.


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New directors: Deputy Director General – Research and Regional Director for West and Central Africa

Dr. David W. Johnson from the United States of America is the Center’s new Deputy Director General - Research. Dr. Mamadou Kabirou Ndiaye, a Malian national, is the Center’s new Regional Director for West and Central Africa. -- MORE --

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 --

A joint approach for onion seed sector development in Balochistan

Pakistan has annual rainfall of only 260 mm—an ideal area for producing onion seed. Yet onion growers in Balochistan often have difficulty obtaining good quality seed. WorldVeg is addressing the need. -- MORE --

Attraction in Action: Promoting brassica and legume IPM in Lao PDR

Forty-four farmers including 20 women from Phaxang, Nadao, Phatang and Soksay villages gathered at Phaxang village in Kasi district of Vientiane Province, Lao PDR on 6 December 2016 to see the effectiveness of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies based on biopesticides on yard-long bean and vegetable brassicas. -- MORE --

Seed industry training in Bangladesh

WorldVeg South Asia organized a two-day training program on “Maintenance breeding and inbred line development” for the seed industry at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Joydebpur, Bangladesh on 18 - 19 December 2016. -- MORE --

WorldVeg embraces connections with Kasetsart University

World Vegetable Center Director General Marco Wopereis met with Dr. Chongrak Wachrinrat, Acting President, Kasetsart University (KU) on 9 December 2016 to discuss opportunities for strengthened collaboration. The Center’s East and Southeast Asia office is embedded in KU, with a presence on two campuses. -- MORE --

Invigorating nutrition through home gardens in Vietnam

To enhance availability of vegetables to ethnic communities (Thai, H’mong, Tay, Ede, Jo Jrai, and Kinh) in Vietnam’s Northwest and Central Highlands, the World Vegetable Center conducted six Trainer of Trainers courses and two Farmer Field Schools to create awareness about nutrition and health issues, and to help residents start home gardens and learn cultivation techniques for diverse vegetable crops. -- MORE --

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 --

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 --



Cornell Professor Emeritus Edwin Oyer dies at 89

Edwin Burnell Oyer, international professor emeritus in vegetable crops, died on 15 November 2016. He was 89 years old. In 1972, Oyer was a founder of the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (now the World Vegetable Center) in Taiwan, where he served as deputy director for research until 1974. He then returned to Cornell to direct the International Agriculture Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), a position he held until 1992.



Resist Detect Protect

This project designs alternative options for insect pest management and will set the stage for partners to promote and popularize these options.

Beans with Benefits

The “Beans with Benefits” project aims to increase mungbean cultivation with a multidisciplinary approach in two countries -- Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

Homegarden Scaling, Africa

The World Vegetable Center, in partnership with local collaborators, is developing appropriate vegetable seed kits along with participatory training systems for the production of nutritious vegetables through home gardens.


Temperature sensitivity of food legumes: a physiological insight

Of the various environmental stresses that a plant can experience, temperature has the widest and most far-reaching effects on legumes. Efforts are being made to develop temperature tolerant plant varieties via conventional breeding methods as well as more recent molecular breeding techniques. This paper describes the adverse effects of abnormal temperatures on various growth stages in legumes and proposes appropriate strategies to resolve these effects.

Building agricultural networks of farmers and scientists via mobile phones: Case study of banana disease surveillance in Uganda

An important challenge threatening agriculture in Africa is the difficulty in collecting timely data on disease spread and effectiveness of on-farm control methods. This study served as a case study for assessing the viability of a participatory GIS (Geographic Information System) to enable a plant diagnostics network with fieldworkers.

Conservation of indigenous vegetables from a hotspot in tropical Asia: What did we learn from Vavilov?

Despite 90 years of awareness, indigenous vegetables are poorly represented in the global conservation system. The authors argue for the importance of safeguarding agrobiodiversity in its centers of diversity, using tropical Asia and Myannar as a case study.

How promoting consumption of traditional African vegetables affects household nutrition security in Tanzania

Promoting the production and consumption of traditional vegetables is expected to enhance household nutrition among urban and rural households. The Good Seed Initiative (GSI) program promoted production and consumption of nutrient-dense traditional African vegetables in Tanzania to reduce malnutrition. We estimated the impact of promotion activities on dietary diversity for households, women, and children.


Visitors: January 2017

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See who visited WorldVeg in recent weeks!


Departures from WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia

WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia / Oceania bid farewell to four valued staff members that are pursuing new opportunities in agricultural research and beyond. We wish them success in their new careers!

  • To Thi Thua Ha, Lead scientist for Mekong Action Area of Humidtropics, Vietnam
  • Shriniwas Gautam, Economist for Postharvest, IPM, and evaluation of regional training initiatives
  • Supisra Arayaphong, Research Assistant to Shri Gautam
  • Porntip Ratanapong, Office Assistant who has served the Center for more than 10 years


Pishayapa Thongmalai from Thailand, a graduate student at National Chung Hsing University, arrived at WorldVeg headquarters in December 2016 for an 18-month internship under the supervision of Entomologist Srini Ramasamy.

Ponnam Naresh joined WorldVeg HQ on 23 January 2017 as a Visiting Scientist to work in pepper breeding and biotechnology.

Sabyasachi Dhala was appointed as a Research Technician on 15 December 2016 and is based at Tomka in Odisha.

SrinivasaRao joined WorldVeg South Asia as Scientific Officer – Farm Services on 2 January 2017 and is based at regional headquarters in Hyderabad.


Victor Afari-Sefa, Mansab Ali, Fenton Beed, PVL Bharathi, Hanumantha Rao Bindumadhava, Takemore Chagomoka, Amy Chen, Thomas Dubois, Dyno Keatinge, Nadine Kwazi, Sorawit Limsiriwat, Adrienne Mak, Never Mwambela, Somchit Pruangwitayakun, Srinivasan Ramasamy, Ralph Roothaert


Support for World Vegetable Center activities provided by project donors and the following core 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


A genebank is not a museum – Marco Wopereis

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