14 June 2018: A 5-person delegation led by Nguyen Quoc Hung, Director General of Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute (FAVRI), Vietnam visited WorldVeg HQ. They met WorldVeg DG Marco Wopereis, received a briefing from Communications Director Maureen Mecozzi, and toured fields with tomato breeders Peter Hanson, Yun-che Hsu and Shu-fen Lu, pepper breeders Sanjeet Kumar, Derek Barchenger, Susan Lin and Vivian Wang, and cucurbit breeder Vicky Cheng.
2 July 2018: 30 young farmers from Si-chou Farmers’ Association, Changhua, Taiwan visited WorldVeg HQ in a visit organized by the Taichung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (DARES), COA Taiwan. Research Assistant Eric Shen guided the group through the WorldVeg greenhouses and Genebank Manager Maarten van Zonneveld (right) and Researcher Yung-kuang Huang (second from right) led the genebank tour.
7-8 August 2018: Masatoshi Sato (left), Director of Department of DUS Test and Seed Inspection, Center for Seeds and Seedlings, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NCSS/NARO) and Tsukasa Kawakami (center), Head of Plant Variety Protection Section, NCSS/NARO held discussions about future collaboration with WorldVeg Pepper Breeders Sanjeet Kumar, Derek Barchenger, Entomologist Paola Sotelo-Cardona, Private Sector Relations Manager Mandy Lin, Taiwan Projects Manager and Virologist Sophia Chan and Consultant George Kuo, and introduced WorldVeg staff to NCSS activities. On 8 August, they visited the Demonstration Garden with Teresa Liang (right) and met with Genebank Manager Maarten van Zonneveld. WorldVeg Deputy Director General – Research David Johnson, Deputy Director General – Administration and Services Yin-Fu Chang, Genebank Manager Maarten van Zonneveld, and Consultant George Kuo had a wrap-up session before they left.