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Expanding the Mungbean Network / Germinating ideas with seed companies / VI Int’l Symposium on Tomato Diseases

Summer 2019

Will field-grown tomatoes survive?

Researchers studying diseases of the world’s most beloved fruit vegetable met to grapple with climate change as a driving force affecting production of this popular crop.


Making agriculture smarter

To protect consumers and the environment, it's time to take a more thoughtful and efficient approach to food production across Asia.

Having a Field Day

Representatives from Taiwan's seed companies, universities and research institutes exchanged perspectives and progress in breeding research.

Germinating ideas

Amazing things happen when private seed companies interact with public sector scientists to expand research horizons and explore joint opportunities for growth.

Will field-grown tomatoes survive?

Researchers studying diseases of the world’s most beloved fruit vegetable meet to grapple with climate change as a driving force affecting production of this popular crop.

New office for Korea

WorldVeg opens a new chapter in relations with a partner that’s been on board from the very beginning.

Improving farmer-to-market linkages

Changing farmers' mindsets from “Selling what I produce” to “Producing what I can sell” can double incomes and improve livelihoods in India.


Sehgal, A.; Sita, K.i; Siddique, K.H.M.; Kumar, R.; Bhogireddy, S.; Varshney, R.K.; HanumanthaRao, B.; Nair, R.M.; Prasad, P.V.V.; Nayyar, H. 2018. Drought or/and heat-stress effects on seed filling in food crops: Impacts on functional biochemistry, seed yields, and nutritional quality. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE. 9:1705.


Urban Food Markets in Africa – Incentivizing food safety (Pull-Push Project): CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health co-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UK Department for International Development (DFID) through the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

BMZ GIC Phase II: Technical partnership to support the Green Innovation Centre for the Agriculture and Food Sector, India (Tomato Value Chain) funded by BMZ.

Carrot Germplasm Development and Farmer Training for Production in Stressful Environments in Taiwan funded by the Crop Trust though the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).




Ken Hoshikawa joined WorldVeg in May 2019. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Japan’s RIKEN Institute in 2012. From 2012-2015 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tsukuba, and later served there as an Assistant Professor from 2015-2018. He joined the Biological Resources and Postharvest Division of the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) in October 2018. In May 2019 he was seconded to the World Vegetable Center to conduct collaborative research on heat tolerant tomato and the genetic diversity of Amaranthus sp. Dr. Hoshikawa’s research includes evaluation of internal control genes for the development of dwarf tomato cultivars, and improvement of transient expression systems for plant recombinant protein production.




The Rediscovered Food Initiative Empowers Communities With Neglected Crops
Food Tank – 30 April 2019

A Community Bands Together to Improve Nutrition
Feed the Future – Medium, 30 April 2019

Workshop on “Improved Technologies of Carrot Root & Seed Production” Held in Hisar
Krishijagran, 25 April 2019

Consumption of African Indigenous Vegetables is Low in Africa
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, 18 March 2019


Is there a doctor in the house?

Yes! Congratulations to Dr. Never Mwambela, former WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa staff, who received her PhD from the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology on 25 April 2019 for her thesis “Occurrence, Seasonal Variation and Management of Tomato Leafminer (Tuta absoluta Meyrick.) in Tanzania” and Dr. Sopana Yule, WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia, who was awarded a PhD for her work on “Whitefly transmission of tomato yellow leaf curl virus and integrated management for beating the virus in tomato” on 7 May 2019 from Kasetsart University, Thailand. Their research was conducted in the WorldVeg Safe and Sustainable Value Chains flagship, under the guidance of Flagship Leader Dr. Srinivasan Ramasamy.


M Abhilash, Souradeep Acherjee, Praveen Amarlapudi, Amy Chen, Kathy Chen, Seonghoe Jang, Delphine Larrousse, Vanna Liu, Maureen Mecozzi, Srinivasan Ramasamy, Roland Schafleitner, Pepijn Schreinemachers, Marco Wopereis


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


“Investing in nutrition should be a global commitment from international agencies and development banks. We know what needs to be done we just need the means to do it!” Sayed Azam-Ali, CEO, Crops for the Future

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