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Seed sustainability in Bangladesh / Amazing amaranth / Africa’s seed consortium

Spring 2019

Taipei architecture firm wins contract for World Vegetable Center research infrastructure modernization

EDS International selected to design new laboratory and other facilities for international agricultural research institute in southern Taiwan.


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Revisiting World Vegetable Center activities in Central Asia and the Caucasus will help determine the reach and impact of improved varieties released by countries across the region.

A difficult moth to manage

More than 70 researchers from around the world gathered at World Vegetable Center headquarters in Shanhua, Taiwan from 4-8 March 2019 to participate in the 8th International Conference on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests, organized in conjunction with Cornell University.


Batieno TBJ , Souleymane O, Tignegre J-B, Huynh BL, Kusi F, Poda SL, Close TJ, Roberts P, Danquah E, Ofori K, Ouedraogo TJ. 2018. Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based genetic diversity in a set of Burkina Faso cowpea germplasm. AFRICAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH. 13(19):978-987. PDF

Muthoni, F.K.; Odongo, V.O.; Ochieng, J.; Mugalavai, E.M.; Mourice, S.K.; Hoesche-Zeledon, I.; Mwila, M.; Bekunda, M. 2018. Long-term spatial-temporal trends and variability of rainfall over Eastern and Southern Africa. THEORETICAL AND APPLIED CLIMATOLOGY. online. PDF

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. PDF





Sognigbe N’Danikou joined WorldVeg on 8 April 2019 as a Scientist – Traditional Vegetables Conservation and Utilization. He is based at WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa in Arusha, Tanzania. Sognigbe received his PhD in Plant Genetic Resources and Crop Protection from the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin. Specialized in plant genetic resources management and participatory crop breeding, he brings 11 years of research and development experience in sustainable use and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Sognigbe’s background encompasses the management of genetic diversity in farming systems, including African traditional vegetables, and the use of multidisciplinary approaches to understand the biophysical (seed technology and crop physiology) and social drivers for in-situ and ex-situ conservation of agrobiodiversity to support smallholders’ livelihood systems and food and nutrition security.

Seonghoe Jang is the Director of the new WorldVeg Korea Office. He was born in Daegu. Korea. During graduate school, he studied genes involved in flowering and flower development of tobacco and rice. As a postdoctoral research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (Cologne, Germany), he contributed to the identification of “florigen” a mobile flowering triggering molecule. In Taiwan, he focused on genetic resources determining plant architecture and controlling flowering time in rice and Phalaenopsis orchids. As Director of the Korea Office, Dr. Jang connects WorldVeg with Korea’s horticultural researchers, businesses, and production trainers, in collaboration with the National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science (NIHHS), Korea.



VI International Symposium on Tomato Diseases

6-9 May 2019
Taichung, Taiwan

II International Symposium on Vegetable Grafting

14-18 July 2019
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA


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

El cerebro de la huerta africana
El Periodico (Spain), 16 February 2019

Want to keep fruit and vegetables fresh? Try these innovations from Mali
TalkAfrica (Mali), 1 February 2019

To Secure the Future of Food, Look to the Ancestors of Eggplant
NOVA (USA), 19 January 2019

KU welcomes executives from WorldVeg
Kasetsart University (Thailand), 14 January 2019


Forging strong links in Tanzania

A World Vegetable Center delegation—Board member Lindiwe Sibanda, Director General Marco Wopereis, and Flagship Leader Healthy Diets and Officer-in-Charge for WorldVeg’s Regional Center for Eastern and Southern Africa Ralph Roothaert—visited Dodoma, Tanzania from 11-12 April 2019.On the 11th, the delegation met with the Director General of the Tanzanian Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Dr. Geoffrey Mkamilo, and staff at TARI headquarters in Dodoma to discuss opportunities for enhanced collaboration. On the 12th, the delegation met with the Minister for Agriculture of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Japhet N. Hasunga, and the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Eng. Mathew J. Mtigumwe.

AARDO and WorldVeg renew MoU

MoU RENEWED: The Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) and WorldVeg renewed a Memorandum of Understanding on 19 February 2019 to explore opportunities and coordinate efforts to address sustainable diversification of food systems, good agricultural and manufacturing practices, and safe and sustainable development of vegetable value chains. The ultimate objective of this collaboration is to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG1 and SDG2. AARDO, formed in 1962, is an inter-governmental organization with 17 members from Africa, 14 from Asia, and 2 associate members.


M Abhilash, Victor Afari-Sefa, Derek Barchenger, PVL Bharathi, Amy Chen, Kathy Chen, Fekadu Dinssa, Peter Hanson, Vanna Liu, Adrienne Mak, Ravishankar Manickam, Maureen Mecozzi, Srinivasan Ramasamy, Roland Schafleitner, Pepijn Schreinemachers, Marco Wopereis, Ray-yu Yang, Paul Alhassan Zaato


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


“Poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world.” Chris Murray, Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation,  University of Washington USA

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