Dr. Chung-hsiu Hung, Director General, Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park, Council of Agriculture (COA), Executive Yuan is the new country representative for Taiwan on the World Vegetable Center Board of Directors. Dr. Hung received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics and Applied Economics from National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, in 1998 and 2004, respectively. He previously served as Director of the COA Agriculture and Food Agency and Director General of the COA Department of Farmers’ Service, where he guided leisure agriculture industry development, agricultural extension education, farmers’ welfare measures, and agricultural labor policy. In 2017 he was appointed Director General, COA Department of International Affairs and made substantial contributions to exchanges and interaction between Taiwan’s agriculture sector and international trade, including production and marketing structures for small-scale farmers in São Tomé and Príncipe, supply chains for avocados in Honduras, and orchid supply chains in Paraguay. Dr. Hung has taught courses in global trade, business management and financial tax administration at the National Open University in Taiwan. Over the years he has published more than 90 papers in journals within and outside Taiwan.
The World Vegetable Center Board of Directors held its 56th meeting from 11-20 November 2019 at WorldVeg headquarters in Taiwan. The board expressed its profound gratitude to the Government of Taiwan for its tremendous support to WorldVeg in general and for the RIM project at WorldVeg Headquarters in Shanhua, Taiwan in particular. Board members endorsed a new research mobilization strategy consisting of three interactive tracks: (i) diversifying and expanding Center income; (ii) positioning WorldVeg as an ‘Open Science Center’; and (iii) establishing a strategic alliance with ‘One CGIAR’. Two new members were appointed to the board: Dr. A.K. Singh (India), Deputy Director General, Horticultural Science Division, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, and Dr. Gordon Rogers (Australia), CEO of Applied Horticultural Research.
Board members toured the regional office campus and learned first-hand about initiatives to develop solar dryers for vegetables, innovations in below-ground grafting chambers, and vegetable business hubs to engage young people in horticultural production.
The World Vegetable Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda and Ms. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli to the Center’s Board of Directors. The announcement was made during the 54th meeting of the board, held from 26-29 November 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania. "Their scope of experience in shaping Africa's agricultural strategy and policy will strengthen the Center’s ability to deliver research with impact,” said Marco Wopereis, WorldVeg Director General. "We are fortunate to have these dynamic and forward-thinking women to advise us on our strategy and activities."