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STRONGer than ever / Mungbean for Africa / Bitter gourd diversity

Aug – Sept 2018

A bridge for food crops

Great gourds at the WorldVeg Genebank!

Great gourds at the WorldVeg Genebank!

The Crop Trust’s Pre-breeding Project links genebanks and breeding programs to develop greater diversity in crop plants.

Pre-breeding identifies desirable traits and genes of interest in wild relatives of cultivated crops and incorporates those into intermediate breeding lines, providing more choice for breeders as they develop improved, climate-smart varieties with the qualities farmers and consumers want.

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TOP STORIES

Yield and profit begin in a well-managed nursery

Raising hybrid seedlings is expensive; to be profitable, a nursery owner must convert every seed into a healthy seedling. Tomato producers in Madanapalle are adopting best nursery practices promoted by WorldVeg.

Building links with local research institutions

On 1 August 2018, the World Vegetable Center and the College of Bioresources and Agriculture (CBA) of National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan signed a Memorandum of Agreement for further research collaborations. WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis and Prof. Huu-Sheng Lur, Dean, CBA-NTU, signed the agreement on behalf of the two institutions.

Another crop of fresh talent

The WorldVeg Best Practice Hub (BPH) in Madiira Farm, Tanzania trained a new group of farmers to take on the challenges of finding and meeting local market demand for fresh produce.

East Asia visits South Asia

Mungbean research collaboration across Asia was recently strengthened by the visit of two high-level delegations from China and Vietnam to WorldVeg South Asia in Hyderabad

STRONGer than ever

WorldVeg trainers build the capacity of partners to deliver sustainable and quality services to vegetable farmers.

Cameroon and WorldVeg strengthen ties

Cameroon’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 16 August 2018, officially inking a partnership to work together on strengthening vegetable seed systems, mobilizing and training smallholders to produce certified onion seed, and increasing the supply of traditional African vegetables in the country.

CORNUCOPIA

HAVE YOU READ…

  • Evaporative cooling technologies for improved vegetable storage in Mali. (August 2018) WorldVeg and the MIT D-Lab investigated the potential for non-electric evaporative cooling devices to address post-harvest vegetable storage challenges in rural Mali.

  • Annual Report 2017 (June 2018) This year’s report provides many examples of our commitment to work in partnership and to contribute to healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods through greater diversity in what we grow and eat–the vision behind our 2017-2025 Strategic Plan.

  • Mungbean production manual (April 2018) Basic methods for producing a valuable legume crop. In Urdu and English.
  • Vegetable Value Chains in the Dry Zone and Ayeyarwady Delta of Myanmar (March 2018). A report on a scoping study conducted in Magway, Dry Zone and Ayeyarwady Delta region of Myanmar to determine the needs of smallholder farmers and traders relating to vegetable production, postharvest handling and consumption.

  • Vegetable Nursery and Tomato Seedling Management Guide (January 2018) The production of good quality seedlings is essential for higher yields and improved crop quality. This well-illustrated manual explains the process.

  • Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables (September 2017) This groundbreaking review by Pepijn Schreinemachers, Emmy B. Simmons, and Marco Wopereis points to the urgent need for greater public and private investment in vegetable crop research. Global Food Security, 4 September 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2017.09.005

WORLDVEG IN THE NEWS

BRIEFING

Building links with local research institutions

On 1 August 2018, the World Vegetable Center and the College of Bioresources and Agriculture (CBA) of National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan signed a Memorandum of Agreement for further research collaborations. WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis and Prof. Huu-Sheng Lur, Dean, CBA-NTU, signed the agreement on behalf of the two institutions.

Cameroon and WorldVeg strengthen ties

Cameroon’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 16 August 2018, officially inking a partnership to work together on strengthening vegetable seed systems, mobilizing and training smallholders to produce certified onion seed, and increasing the supply of traditional African vegetables in the country.

RECENT RESEARCH

NEW PROJECTS

VISITORS

RECENT VISITORS: Find out who's been exploring the world of vegetables at the World Vegetable Center.

WELCOME

Adidjatou Olouwatoï Radji joined WorldVeg as an Administrative Assistant at WorldVeg West and Central Africa - Coastal & Humid Regions in Cotonou, Benin. She holds a MS in Law/General Administration and International Relations and a BA in English Language from Abomey-Calavi University, Benin. Adidjatou previously worked as an executive assistant at VSP Africa, administrative and human resource assistant at Tolaro Global, and also as a translator and interpreter at the Benin Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Herbaud Phanuel Fortunat Zohoungbogbo (Research Assistant: Plant Breeding) has joined the team at WorldVeg West and Central Africa Coastal & Humid Regions in Cotonou, Benin. in 2017 Herbaud received his MSc in Genetics and Plant Breeding from the Department of Genetics and Biotechnology at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. His research interest is the development of improved crop varieties that are economically efficient and sustainable, both in quality and yield, especially under limiting environments.

CONTRIBUTORS

Victor Afari-Sefa, Derek Barchenger, P.V.L. Bharathi, Naresh Boddepalli, Yin-fu Chang, Kathy Chen, Narinder Dhillon, Warwick Easdown, Zablon Ernest, Vanna Liu, Abhilash Miriyapalli, Hassan Mndiga, Henry Mvungi, Ram Nair, Kabirou Ndiaye, Justus Ochieng, Maarten van Zonneveld

DONORS

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)
  • Germany
  • Thailand
  • Philippines
  • Korea
  • Japan

CONSIDER THIS

“I believe that the world will be a safer place if there is enough food to go around, that it will be a more stable place if children grow up with opportunities instead of frustrations.” ― Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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