This week at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego, California, USA Illumina awarded Dr. Roland Schafleitner and the International Mungbean Improvement Network (IMIN) the 12th annual Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Grant for generating genomic resources for mungbean breeding, which contributes to food and nutrition security. The grant makes it possible to test new mapping approaches as an alternative to genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to reveal the genetic basis of important traits. Additionally, the IMIN will build capacity to maximize the use of genetic sequencing information in its breeding programs, specifically to use biodiverse germplasm for breeding and tracking important genetic traits. The IMIN, funded by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research and coordinated by the World Vegetable Center, seeks to unlock the potential of mungbean to improve system productivity and livelihoods.
There’s plenty of room for more countries to participate in an international network devoted to this remarkable legume.
Long-term strategic donor the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research recently renewed its commitment to the mission and research of WorldVeg.
Analyzing schools as platforms to improve diets, livelihoods and the environment in East Africa
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Farmers are forming groups, learning how to grow, harvest and deliver quality produce for high-value markets, and finding new markets to tap through the VINESA project.
When people in Tanzania began producing vegetables for market sale through the VINESA project, many decided to include them in their own meals. Local diets are now more diverse and nutritious.
Join the students at Emmanuel Primary School in Tanzania on a tasty journey to add diversity and nutrition to their diets with vegetables.
Success from vegetable farming can come only if farmers know where the markets are, have sufficient skills to manage their crops well, and are willing to work with other players in the value chain such as traders, input suppliers, and transporters.
Young VINESA farmers learn enhanced crop management practices, how to diversify production, and ways to improve value chain effectiveness to increase their market returns. --MORE--