Onions in Odisha / Cambodia takes up tomato grafting / Mungbean’s many benefits
Forget about gold, diamonds, or property: If you want great returns, invest in vegetables
A recent study by the World Vegetable Center discovered rates of return on vegetable research the smart money should not ignore
Although the importance of vegetables for human nutrition and smallholder incomes is generally understood, evidence for the impact vegetable research and development has at scale is lacking. WorldVeg researchers Pepijn Schreinemachers and Philipo Joseph Lukumay and consultant Teresa Sequeros set out to investigate how the Center’s research on two crops—tomato and African eggplant—affected countries in East and Southern Africa, Tanzania in particular, from 1990 to 2014. They surveyed 87 seed companies and public sector organizations around the region to collect data on seed production, distribution, and sales.
Focusing on African nightshade, amaranth, spider plant and Ethiopian kale, the HORTINLEA project aims to boost the potential of traditional African vegetables to improve nutrition and increase farmer incomes. A group of young researchers is looking into ways to share the knowledge and know-how collected by the project with farmers, other researchers, and policymakers.
To help increase the capacity of their staff in food value chains, a group of 9 Catholic Relief Services staff visited the World Vegetable Center in Tanzania on 21 August 2017 as part of a five-day “Horticultural Learning Journey”.
Rotten onions stink, and in the past any Indian farmer who kept his crop for months after harvest was all too familiar with the smell. But thanks to a WorldVeg project in the eastern state of Odisha, India, farmers who keep their onions now experience the sweet smell of success and the promise of much higher incomes.
Mungbean has great potential to provide additional income for farmers and nutritious food for people. This important pulse crop in Asia can be harvested 2 months after sowing, which makes it an ideal fit for fallow periods in rice and wheat production systems.
The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) cucurbit team proudly displayed 400 bitter gourd breeding lines plus another 400 bitter gourd F1 hybrids and early stage products of recurrent selection during Bitter Gourd Open Field Days from 14-30 August 2017 at the World Vegetable Center East and Southeast Asia Research and Training Station, located on the campus of Kasetsart University in Kamphaeng Saen, Thailand.
Cotonou, Benin -- The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) signed an agreement today with the Benin Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MFAC) to establish a regional office in the country to serve the horticulture sector in coastal West Africa. The signing took place at MFAC headquarters in Cotonou, where MFAC Secretary General, Ambassador Marc Hermanne Araba signed the agreement with WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis. The new office—World Vegetable Center West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions—is the Center’s fifth regional base worldwide and its third in Africa. It is located on the campus of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Abomey-Calavi, Benin.
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Krishnaprasad, B.T., Savitha, A., Bindumadhava, H., Krishnamurthy, K.S. (2017). Carbon isotope discrimination (Δ13C) as a physiological marker for shade tolerance in black pepper (Piper nigrum L.). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED AND INNOVATIVE RESEARCH. 6(6):85-90. PDF
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Shimwela, M.M., Blackburn, J.K., Jones, J.B., Nkuba, J., Narouei-Khandanb, H.A., Ploetz, R.C., Beed, F., van Bruggen, A.H.C. (2017). Local and regional spread of banana xanthomonas wilt (BXW) in space and time in Kagera, Tanzania. PLANT PATHOLOGY. 66(6):1003-1014.
Rakha, M., Zekeya, N., Sevgan, S., Musembi, M., Srinivasan, R., Hanson, P. (2017). Screening recently identified whitefly/spider mite-resistant wild tomato accessions for resistance to Tuta absoluta. PLANT BREEDING. online. PDF
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WorldVeg will work on five morphological characterization datasets and one resistance evaluation dataset, which represent significant information relevant for breeding and other research.
Roselyne Houeto has joined WorldVeg West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions in Benin as an Administrative Assistant. She holds a Master’s Degree in English Language from the National University of Abomey-Calavi. Roselyne previously worked as a Secretary for AfricaRice Benin-Cotonou Station on the Policy, Innovation Systems, and Impact Assessment program (2012-2016), and as an Administrative Assistant at the Benin Ministry of Health (2006-2001).
Komla Azoma is the new Training and Outreach Assistant at WorldVeg West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions in Benin.
Kathy Chen, Willie Chen, Narinder Dhillon, Inviolate Dominick, Warwick Easdown, Radegunda Kessy, Shernabi Khan, Alaik Laizer, Sorawit Limsiriwat, Vanna Liu, John Macharia, Roseline Marealle, Ramakrishnan Nair, Arshad Pal, Srinivasan Ramasamy, Roland Schafleitner, Felician Tillya
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)