Seed sustainability in Bangladesh / Amazing amaranth / Africa’s seed consortium
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.
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.
Barchenger DW, Clark III RA, Gniffke PA, Ledesma DR, Lin S-W, Hanson P, Kumar S. 2018. Stability of yield and yield components of pepper (Capsicum annuum), and evaluation of publicly available predictive meteorological data in East and Southeast Asia. HORTSCIENCE. 53(12):1776-1783. PDF
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
Ochieng J, Schreinemachers P, Ogada M, Dinssa FF, Barnos W, Mndiga H. 2019. Adoption of improved amaranth varieties and good agricultural practices in East Africa. LAND USE POLICY. 83:187-194. PDF
Stoilova T, van Zonneveld M, Roothaert R, Schreinemachers P. 2019. Connecting genebanks to farmers in East Africa through the distribution of vegetable seed kits. PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES. online. PDF
Priya M, Siddique KHM, Dhankhar OP, Vara Prasad PV, Rao BH, Nair RM, Nayyar H. 2018. Molecular breeding approaches involving physiological and reproductive traits for heat tolerance in food crops. INDIAN JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY. 23(4):697-720. 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
By tapping the diversity in genebanks, minor pulses can have a major impact on the quality of diets and livelihoods.
Analyzing schools as platforms to improve diets, livelihoods and the environment in East Africa Can schools be a link to health and well-being for the entire community? Start date: 1 [...]
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.
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Makaushio ya kutukia nishati ya jua: Kanuni na misingi (Solar Dryers: Principles and Basics). This manual provides an overview of solar drying principles and practices in Kiswahili.
International cooperators’ guide: Suggested Cultural Practices for Bitter Gourd. Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia L.) is one of the most popular vegetables in Southeast Asia. Native to China or India, the fast-growing vine is grown throughout Asia and is becoming popular worldwide.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables: Contributions to Food and Nutrition Security. An overview of the importance of fruits and vegetables for food and nutrition security, with an analysis of global consumption and production data and other influencing factors.
Boosting the vegetable sector in Africa. The vegetable sector in Africa requires technical, organizational and institutional innovations as well as market interventions.
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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.
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)