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Top crops for India / Seed industry needs assessed / Improving amaranth

February 2018

WorldVeg and Taiwan to participate in Svalbard Seed Vault 10th anniversary

The WorldVeg Genebank team with boxes of seed packed for shipment to Svalbard.

More than 1000 samples of 21 vegetable species from the WorldVeg genebank headed for storage in the global seed facility

2018 is a special year for the Svalbard Seed Vault in Norway. This long-term seed storage facility to protect the world’s agricultural diversity and heritage—known to some as the “Doomsday Vault” because it was built to withstand natural or man-made disasters—will celebrate its 10th anniversary on 26-27 February 2018.

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Can it get any better than this? Improving amaranth at WorldVeg

Nutritious and easy to grow, amaranth is a healthy and profitable crop for small-scale farmers.

Visiting the World Vegetable Center’s newest office

Partners and donors are beginning to take notice of WorldVeg West and Central Africa – Coastal & Humid Regions in Cotonou, Benin.

WorldVeg activities in Cameroon attract the interest of neighboring countries

The experience of WorldVeg in Cameroon has sparked interest for an initiative to build seed systems in the Central African Republic.

WorldVeg identifies training needs of the seed industry in India

Plant breeders from across the subcontinent who want to keep up with advancements in the discipline shared their training needs with WorldVeg.

Attraction in Action project attracts yard-long bean farmers in Cambodia, promotes IPM in Lao PDR

These beans mean business and better nutrition for farmers and consumers in Cambodia and Lao PDR.

G2P-SOL Training School

Learning where to find and how to use the diversity of the world's potato, tomato, pepper, and eggplant germplasm to breed improved vegetable varieties.

Top crops for India start at WorldVeg

From disease-resistant tomato to high-performance chili, WorldVeg is the source for improved vegetables in India. 

5th Meeting of Pakistan’s Mungbean Learning Alliance

The alliance continues to facilitate uptake of the latest technology among farmers and stakeholders.





No time for complacency
Blog by Michael Jackson, 1 March 2018

Jessore cabbage world market
যশোরের বাঁধাকপি বিশ্ববাজারে
Prothomalo, 10 February 2018

World Vegetable Center takes up tomato pest research in Madanapalle
The Hindu, 23 January 2018

Solar driers for chili peppers
Traditional crops for modern diets
Onions now smell different in Odisha
Appropriate Technology, Vol 44, No 4

Thinking ‘beyond the farm’—On Germany’s longstanding commitment to agricultural research for development
ILRI Clippings, 30 November 2017

Sustainable agriculture: Key species in the seed bank 
TVBS Television (Chinese), 25 November 2017


WorldVeg parentage in high-yielding, triple-disease resistant ‘Arka Rakshak’ tomato

Tomato is India’s second most important vegetable crop, next to potato. And now ‘Arka Rakshak’, a new F1 fresh market and processing tomato hybrid with resistance to three major tomato diseases, is available for farmers eager to supply India’s growing demand. The variety was developed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) by crossing one of their advanced breeding lines with an advanced breeding line sourced from the World Vegetable Center. Tomato leaf curl virus, bacterial wilt and early blight are among the most difficult tomato diseases to manage as there are no chemical treatments available to stop their spread. Building resistance into a variety is the most effective -- and cost-effective -- approach to tomato disease management. ‘Arka Rakshak’ produces medium to large (80-100 g), deep red, very firm fruits with good keeping quality (15-20 days) and transportability. Farmers can expect yields of 90-100 t/ha. WorldVeg provides the important breeding materials partners need to produce vigorous, pest-and disease-resistant varieties with tolerance to heat, drought, flooding and other environmental conditions farmers typically encounter in the field. Congratulations to IIHR!


Krawinkel, M.B.; Ludwig, C.; Swai, M.E.; Yang, R.Y.; Chun, K.P.; Habicht, S.D. 2018. Bitter gourd reduces elevated fasting plasma glucose levels in an intervention study among prediabetics in Tanzania. JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY. online. PDF

Sogbohossou, E.O.D.; Achigan-Dako, E.G.; Maundu, P.; Solberg, S.; Deguenon, E.M.S.; Mumm, R.H.; Hale, I.; Deynze, A.V.; Schranz, M.E. 2018. A roadmap for breeding orphan leafy vegetable species: A case study of Gynandropsis gynandra (Cleomaceae). HORTICULTURE RESEARCH. 5:2. PDF

Arafa, R.A., Rakha, M.T., Soliman, N.E.K., Moussa, O.M., Kamel, S.M., Shirasawa, K. 2017. Rapid identification of candidate genes for resistance to tomato late blight disease using next-generation sequencing technologies. PLoS ONE. 12(12): e0189951. PDF

Fischer, G.; Gramzow, A.; Laizer, A. 2017. Gender, vegetable value chains, income distribution and access to resources: Insights from surveys in Tanzania. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE. 82(6):319-327. PDF

Ochieng, J., Afari-Sefa, V., Lukumay, P.J., Dubois, T. 2017. Determinants of dietary diversity and the potential role of men in improving household nutrition in Tanzania. PLoS ONE. 12(12):e0189022. PDF

Pasternak, D.; Sanjeet, K.; Housseini, I. 2017. Selection and dissemination of vegetable cultivars in the Sahel. CHRONICA HORTICULTURAE. 57(4): 23-30. PDF

Ronoh, R.; Ekhuya, N.A.; Linde, M.; Winkelmann, T.; Abukutsa-Onyango, M.; Dinssa, F.F.; Debener, T. 2017. African nightshades: genetic, biochemical and metabolite diversity of an underutilised indigenous leafy vegetable and its potential for plant breeding. JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE & BIOTECHNOLOGY. online. PDF

Srinivasan, R.; Hsu, Y.C.; Lin, M.Y.; Su, F.C.; Huang, C.C. 2017. Towards developing an integrated pest management strategy for striped flea beetle on radish. MYSORE JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES. 51(A):202-211. PDF

Manasa, R., Rameshraddy, Bindumadhava, H., Nair, R.M., Prasad, T.G., Shankar, A.G. (2017). Screening mungbean (Vigna radiata L.) lines for salinity tolerance using salinity induction response technique at seedling and physiological growth assay at whole plant level. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PLANT, ANIMAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES. 7(4):1-12. PDF

Thibault Nordey,Claudine Basset-Mens, Hubert De Bon,Thibaud Martin, Emilie Déletré, Serge Simon, Laurent Parrot, Hugo Despretz, Joël Huat, Yannick Biard, Thomas Dubois, Eric Malézieux. 2017. Protected cultivation of vegetable crops in sub-Saharan Africa: limits and prospects for smallholders. A review. AGRONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, 37, 53. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13593-017-0460-8

Schreinemachers, P., Simmons, E.B., Wopereis, M.C.S. (2017). Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables. GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY online. PDF


Tajikistan nutrition-sensitive vegetable technologies: Phase II

Introducing new nutritious vegetable crops as well as new production methods to increase vegetable production and consumption in 12 districts of Khatlon Province.


Visitors from South Africa, the Netherlands, USA, Korea, India and Taiwan were introduced to WorldVeg activities.


Dr. Tae-Cheol Seo, a research scientist with the Vegetable Research Division of the National Institute of Horticultural & Herbal Science (NIHHS), Rural Development Administration, Republic of Korea, studies the physiology of vegetable crops, in particular, Capsicum spp.—an important crop in Korea. Dr. Seo has been seconded to WorldVeg from the NIHHS for a term of two years (2018-2020) to evaluate and select pepper genetic resources tolerant to heat and waterlogging. He previously held a research position with the NIHHS Protected Horticulture Experimental Station.

Hussein (Henry) Mvungi is working as a Project Marketing Officer with the WorldVeg team in Eastern and Southern Africa, Arusha, Tanzania through September 2018. He has an MSc in agricultural economics and focuses on marketing, statistics and socioeconomics.

Dr. Wolfram Spreer joined WorldVeg on 22 January 2018 as Production Horticulturist in the South Asia Regional Office, Hyderabad, India. His appointment is co-funded though GIZ’s CIM Integrated Experts Program. He holds a PhD in agricultural sciences from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany, and has extensive experience with irrigation technologies for tropical and subtropical fruits and vegetables.


PVL Bharathi, Kathy Chen, Judith Honfoga, Regine Kamga, Sher Nabi Khan, Mandy Lin, Vanna Liu, Adrienne Mak, Srinivasan Ramasamy, Lucy Sarkar, Roland Schafleitner, Nora Wagman


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


We need more research on wild plants, and greater efforts to relate that work to agriculture.  ― R. Ford Denison, Darwinian Agriculture

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