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Pumpkins with a history / Rooting for amaranth / Tapping the potential of traditional vegetables

November/December 2019

Pesticide troubles in Southeast Asia

Pesticide misuse is a widespread problem in vegetable production systems in Southeast Asia.  Studies from the World Vegetable Center show the extent of the problem, identify drivers, and point at possible solutions.


What a GREAT Day!

Open Day 2019 at WorldVeg Headquarters drew thousands of curious and delighted visitors to enjoy fun, facts -- and vegetables!

Tapping the potential

How traditional African vegetables can strengthen food and nutrition security in Madagascar.

Pumpkins with a history

Four generations of pumpkin producers in Myanmar hold the diversity needed to improve this valuable crop now and into the future.


Khoury, C.K.; Carver, D.; Barchenger, D.W.; Barboza, G.E.; van Zonneveld, M.; Jarret, R.; Bohs, L.; Kantar, M.; Uchanski, M.; Mercer, K.; Nabhan, G.P.; Bosland, P.W.; Greene, S.L. 2019. Modelled distributions and conservation status of the wild relatives of chile peppers (Capsicum L.). DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS. online. PDF

Dinssa FF, Hanson P, Ledesma DR, Minja R, Mbwambo O, Tilya MS, Stoilova T. 2019. Yield of vegetable amaranth in diverse Tanzanian production environments. HORTTECHNOLOGY. 29(4):516-527. PDF

de Sousa K, van Zonneveld M, Holmgren M, Kindt R, Ordoñez JC. 2019. The future of coffee and cocoa agroforestry in a warmer Mesoamerica. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. 9:8828. PDF

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POWER ON YOUR PLATE: An All-Africa Summit on Diversifying Food Systems with African Traditional Vegetables to Increase Health, Nutrition and Wealth

25-28 May 2020
Arusha, Tanzania


The wild relatives of major vegetables, needed for climate resilience, are in danger
Eureka Alert, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 13 December 2019

Importance of Protecting the World’s Agricultural Genetic Diversity
Borlaug Blog, 8 December 2019

Kalorienbedarf der Welt steigt durch schwerere Menschen
Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), 8 December 2019

Bright results of soybean projects
Panay News, 5 December 2019

WorldVeg plants 2266 accessions of Black Gram in Hyderabad
The Siasat Daily, 26 October 2019


Winning a grant for the greater good

This week at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego, California, USA Illumina awarded Dr. Roland Schafleitner and the International Mungbean Improvement Network (IMIN) the 12th annual Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Grant for generating genomic resources for mungbean breeding, which contributes to food and nutrition security. The grant makes it possible to test new mapping approaches as an alternative to genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to reveal the genetic basis of important traits. Additionally, the IMIN will build capacity to maximize the use of genetic sequencing information in its breeding programs, specifically to use biodiverse germplasm for breeding and tracking important genetic traits. The IMIN, funded by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research and coordinated by the World Vegetable Center, seeks to unlock the potential of mungbean to improve system productivity and livelihoods.



PVL Bharathi, Jessica Baidoo, Paola Sotelo Cardona, Takemore Chagomoka (Seed Co.), Kathy Chen, Dickson Desire, Narinder Dhillon, Fekadu Dnissa, Inviolate Dominick, Judith Honfoga,  Miyuki Iiyama (MAFF), Hannah Jaenicke (ZEF), Wubetu Bihon Legesse, Vanna Liu, James Mayer (Oregon State University), Jim McCreight (USDA), Raphael Mallogo, Maureen Mecozzi, Sognigbe N’Danikou, Justus Ochieng, Abhay Kumar Pandey, Pepijn Schreinemachers, Wolfram Spreer, Abdul Rasheed War, Marco Wopereis, Sopana Yule, 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)
  • India
  • Germany
  • Thailand
  • Philippines
  • Korea
  • Japan


We must also ensure that the “revolution of greens” includes other vegetables in addition to tomatoes, cabbages and onions. The power of vegetables is in their diversity. — Marco Wopereis, World Vegetable Center Director General

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