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Money: the root of all value chains
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A successful packhouse developed by WorldVeg in Bangladesh gained national recognition but revealed the complex set of skills and interventions needed to make it sustainable.
In late 2015 the Bangladesh team managing the USAID Postharvest Project set up a demonstration of a model vegetable packhouse at a collection center in Hoybutpur in Jessore in southern Bangladesh. The center was one of 95 collection points built by the Bangladesh Department of Agricultural Extension with funding from the Asian Development Bank; it was selected by the WorldVeg team because it was supported by an active farmers’ co-op and located near a large vegetable market.
In India’s eastern state of Odisha, mungbean and urdbean are important crops that provide a major share of people’s daily nutrition. But seed is broadcast and left without any care until the harvest; crops are grown mostly under rainfed conditions, and yields are low. -- MORE --
ATONU has been in operation in Tanzania for a decade, mainly promoting raising local chickens in Singida, Songwe, Morogoro, Dodoma, Mbeya and Njombe. Considering the potential of vegetables to improve household nutrition and income, ATONU has decided to integrate vegetables into its poultry farming system. -- MORE --
WorldVeg Postdoc in Plant Pathology Marti Pottorff from WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia/Oceania and Project Coordinator Ellen Iramu from the Solomon Islands recently visited Fiji for discussions and training under the auspices of the project “Strengthening Integrated Crop Management (ICM) Research in the Pacific Islands in Support of Sustainable Intensification of High-Value Crop Production.” -- MORE --
Fenton Beed, WorldVeg Regional Director for East and Southeast Asia/Oceania, provided an overview of WorldVeg activities including advances in postharvest management as part of an Agri-Food seminar on "Innovation for sustainability: What can the Philippine-Netherlands partnership contribute?" on 10 March 2017 at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Los Baños, Philippines. -- MORE --
In mid-2016, the World Bank approached the World Vegetable Center with a request to introduce improved vegetable production technologies in Assam. WorldVeg developed a project proposal “Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation" (APART) and presented it to Assam Rural Infrastructure and Agriculture Services (ARIAS), an agency under the government of Assam. To better understand the Center’s work, ARIAS members toured WorldVeg project locations in Odisha from 21-22 March 2017. -- MORE --
The Highland Research and Development Institute (HRDI), Thailand, a WorldVeg partner, hosted a 'Transfer of Technology' event in Huay Kayeang, Kanchanaburi Province on 15 March 2017 to showcase the superior performance of WorldVeg cucurbit lines to more than 300 farmers, who viewed the demonstration plots and sampled pumpkin fruit and other pumpkin treats. -- MORE --
WorldVeg will work on five morphological characterization datasets and one resistance evaluation dataset, which represent significant information relevant for breeding and other research.
This research study seeks to understand the impact of low-cost cooling and storage solutions in helping farmers reduce postharvest losses for vegetables.
Enable a sustainable increase in incomes of smallholder tribal farmers in CInI target areas by diversifying into or expanding vegetable production.
This study determined the level of phytonutrients in mungbean and soybean sprouts compared to mature mungbean grain and vegetable soybean. Sprouting mungbean enhanced vitamin C content 2.7-fold compared to mature mungbean grain. The vegetable soybean stage was superior to soybean sprouts in terms of content of protein (14% increase), Zn (45%), Ca (72%), and Fe (151%). Isoflavones, reported to have beneficial effects on human health, are found at high concentrations in soybean sprouts.
The combined effect of school gardens linked to complementary lessons and promotional activities on the eating behavior and nutritional status of 9- to 15-year-old schoolchildren in Bhutan was studied. Data from 468 schoolchildren in 9 control and 9 treatment schools was collected following a randomized controlled trial design. We found that the school gardening intervention significantly increased children’s awareness about vegetables, their knowledge about sustainable agriculture, and their preferences for healthier foods. There was an 11.7-percentage point increase in the probability that children included vegetables in their meals (p < 0.05), but not in the number of different fruits or vegetables consumed.
This study evaluates the combined impact of school gardens linked to complementary lessons and promotional activities about gardening and nutrition on the nutritional awareness, knowledge, perceptions, eating behaviour and nutritional status of 10- to 15-year-old schoolchildren in Nepal. After one year of intervention, we found a significant (p < 0.01) increase in children’s awareness about fruit and vegetables, their knowledge about sustainable agriculture, their knowledge about food, nutrition and health and their stated preferences for eating fruit and vegetables. However, these improvements in intermediary outcomes did not translate into significant improvements in fruit and vegetable consumption or nutritional status.
Characteristics of Colletotrichum populations associated with fruit anthracnose on chili pepper in Fiji
C. simmondsii is the predominant pathogen causing chili fruit anthracnose in Fiji. Sequence variation of additional housekeeping genes should be adopted to further understand the phylogenetic relationship of Colletotrichum species associated with chili fruit anthracnose in Fiji and those present in the other parts of the world.
Results indicate that tomato production is being done by relatively young married individuals who have at least primary level education. More than 16% of respondents encounter produce losses due to high incidence of diseases, insect pest and mechanical injuries, each of them accounting for more than 20% of postharvest losses.
Hoa Thi Le, a researcher from the Plant Resources Center (PRC), Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Science, started a three-month internship at WorldVeg headquarters on 17 April 2017. Funded by the Taiwan Council of Agriculture, she will work on genetics resources for vegetables under the supervision of Roland Schafleitner, Head of Molecular Genetics.
Victor Afari-Sefa, Razu Ahmed, Anna Marie Bahala, Fenton Beed, PVL Bharathi, Stuart Brown, Narinder Dhillon, Thomas Dubois, Warwick Easdown, Peter Hanson, Regine Kamga, Ashish Kumar, Aileen Kuo, Nadine Kwazi, Suwannee Laenoi, Adrienne Mak, Roseline Marealle, Hassan Mndiga, Never Mwambela, Ram Nair, Kabirou N’Diaye, Arshad Pal, Marti Potorff, Somchit Pruangwitayakun, Supornpun Srimat
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)