Vietnam experiences Attraction in Action / Drying their best in Tanzania / Tajikstan’s backyard seedling bonanza
Lessons learned from VINESA
Success from vegetable farming can come only if farmers know where the markets are, have sufficient skills to manage their crops well, and are willing to work with other players in the value chain such as traders, input suppliers, and transporters.
Can subsistence farmers make the transition to becoming successful vegetable businessmen and women? That was the aim of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)-funded project “Improving Incomes and Nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa by Enhancing Vegetable-based Farming and Food Systems in Peri-urban Corridors (VINESA).
The Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) organized a field day on integrated pest management (IPM) under WorldVeg’s Attraction in Action project, funded by BMZ/GIZ.
Impressed by what he learned from a prior visit with the WorldVeg team, the President of Cameroon asked ten parliamentarians from the north and far north regions of the country to visit WorldVeg activities in Yaoundé on July 7.
In Manyara, Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Tanga regions of Tanzania, WorldVeg is working with local communities to build family solar dryers for vegetables. The work, supported by the Amsterdam Initiative Against Malnutrition (AIM), provides people with the means to process vegetables for later use—and to explore the production of new food products to extend the vegetable value chain.
After demonstration gardens and seedling nurseries were established in Bambi and Mzuri villages in Zanzibar in June 2017, members of the WorldVeg Homegarden Scaling Project funded by USAID returned in July to assist farmers and community-based trainers with transplanting seedlings.
WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia/Oceania staff took part in Kasetsart University's (KU) “KU Hi-trees: A get-together for International Organizations” held on 16 June 2017 at the university’s Bangkok campus.
Ngomuo, M.S., Stoilova, T., Feyissa, T., Kassim, N., Ndakidemi, P.A. (2017). Leaf and seed yield of jute mallow (Corchorus olitorius L.) accessions under field conditions for two consecutive growing seasons. JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE & BIOTECHNOLOGY.
Njau, G.M., Nyomora, A.M.S., Dinssa, F.F., Chang, J.C., Malini, P., Subramanian, S., Srinivasan, R. (2017). Evaluation of onion (Allium cepa) germplasm entries for resistance to onion thrips, Thrips tabaci (Lindeman) in Tanzania. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TROPICAL INSECT SCIENCE. 37(2):98-113.
Srinivasan, R. (2017). Bio-ecology of major insect and mite pests of tomato crops in the tropics. In: Achieving sustainable cultivation of tomatoes. / ed. by Mattoo, A.K.; Handa, A. Philadelphia: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing. p. 401-420.
Pitoro, R., Chagomoka, T. (2017). Food security dynamics and its drivers in rural Mozambique. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCES. 6(5):55-65. PDF
Wu, T.H., Solberg, S.O., Yndgaard, F., Chou, Y.Y. (2017). Morphological patterns in a world collection of Cleome gynandra. GENETIC RESOURCES AND CROP EVOLUTION. online.
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Tamò, M., Datinon, B., Dannon, E., Traoré, F., Dabiré, C., Pittendrigh, B.R., Srinivasan, R. (2017). Towards successful establishment of exotic prasitoids attacking the pod borer Maruca vitrata in West Africa. BIOCONTROL NEWS AND INFORMATION. 38(2):12N-13N. PDF
Afari-Sefa, V., Djokoto, J.G. (2017). Alternative functional forms for technology choice: Application to cocoa production technologies. TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIETY. 50:110-120.
Cui J, Cheng J, Nong D, Peng J, Hu Y, He W, Zhou Q, Dhillon NPS, Hu K. 2017. Genome-wide analysis of simple sequence repeats in bitter gourd (Momordica charantia). FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE 8:1103. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01103
WorldVeg will work on five morphological characterization datasets and one resistance evaluation dataset, which represent significant information relevant for breeding and other research.
Two interns are working the Crop Protection Lab of WorldVeg South Asia in Hyderabad, India under the supervision of Legume Breeder Ram Nair and Plant Pathologist Abhay Pandey: Alyssa Swehla, from Iowa State University, USA, is conducting an experiment on the effect of Trichoderma harzianum (bioagent) isolates on dry root rot pathogen of mungbean (Vigna radiata). Chloé Elmerich, an intern from ENSAT in France. is screening urdbean (Vigna mungo) lines for resistance to the pathogen causing dry root rot.
Derek Barchenger joined WorldVeg as a Postdoctoral Scientist – Breeding on 1 August 2017. Derek recently completed and received his PhD degree in plant and environmental sciences from New Mexico State University, USA, where he focused on chili pepper genetics and breeding. During his PhD training, Derek received a 2016 Borlaug Fellowship and spent his six-month term at WorldVeg headquarters under the mentorship of Pepper Breeder Sanjeet Kumar. While at WorldVeg, Derek implemented a Phytophthora capsici race characterization protocol to support international anticipatory breeding against this devastating pathogen. Welcome back, Derek!
Bola Amoke Awotide, Postdoctoral Scientist - Agricultural Economics, joined WorldVeg in June 2017 at the West and Central Africa – Dry Regions office in Bamako, Mali. She has extensive experience in the design of comprehensive household and community surveys to study gender and agricultural resource management and has developed econometric models linking the adoption of improved maize varieties to changes in livelihoods in Africa. She received a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 2013.
Sanju Kunwar, a PhD student from the University of Florida, is on a 2-month internship from 1 July to 31 August 2017 at WorldVeg headquarters. Sanju is working on “Evaluation of Tomato Bacterial Wilt Resistance” under the supervision of Peter Hanson in Tomato Breeding.
Judith Yenoukoume Firmine Ayina Honfoga has been appointed as Research Assistant – Agronomist at the Center’s new office for West and Central Africa - Coastal & Humid Regions in Cotonou, Benin. She holds an MSc in Applied Plant Biology from Abomey-Calavi University, Benin. Judith previously worked in a cowpea pest control program at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
Nithya Gowdru Vishwanath, Postdoctoral Scientist - Agricultural Economics and CIM Returning Expert, joined the Center on 18 July 2017 for a two-year term in the Hyderabad office. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Humboldt University in Berlin. Nithya is working on the BMZ-funded "Resist, Detect, Protect" project to characterize smallholder tomato and chili pepper systems in Bangladesh and India to identify suitable impact pathways for insect resistant varieties and pest management practices. She will also work on a mungbean adoption study for India and support the GIZ-funded Green Innovation project.
Hailey Hampton, of Darlington, Idaho, USA is a 2017 Borlaug/Ruan International intern who elected to spend eight weeks at WorldVeg headquarters this summer. The Borlaug-Ruan International Internship provides exceptional high school students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Fenton Beed, PVL Bharathi, Kathy Chen, Inviolate Dominick, Fekadu Dinssa, Thomas Dubois, Warwick Easdown, Roman Fortunatus, Regine Kamga, Vanna Lui, John Macharia, Ravza Mavlyanova, Maureen Mecozzi, Srinivasan Ramasamy, Never Zekeya
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)