OUR GOAL: Develop environmentally safe and sustainable means of profitable vegetable production to increase the supply of safe vegetables to consumers.
The World Vegetable Center develops safe, efficient methods for smallholder farmers to produce vegetables in different production systems.
Farmers must protect crops from pests and diseases, and misuse of pesticides is a serious problem in developing countries. Pesticide residue harms the environment and the health of farmers and consumers. AVRDC develops biological, mechanical, and cultural methods for integrated pest management (IPM) of important insect pests and bacterial, fungal, and viral diseases in vegetables. Key successes include IPM systems for controlling eggplant fruit and shoot borer in South Asia, simple protective production systems, and grafting technologies for tomato and pepper production in the hot-wet season.
The Center also works on low cost drip-irrigation, fertilization, and crop rotation systems suited to smallholders, and has ongoing programs to integrate, disseminate, and extend these improved technologies.