The World Vegetable Center has received a USD 1.7 million (NTD 50,000,000) grant from the Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA) to begin planning a major construction and renovation project to modernize the Center’s research infrastructure. “The Center’s laboratories are in urgent need of renewal,” said WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis. “We’re grateful to Taiwan COA for the financial support that will allow us to start making our vision of a modern international research hub for vegetable science and breeding a reality.” Improvements will include a new seed treatment facility, capacity for controlled environment phenotyping, and upgraded laboratory facilities. In the coming weeks, WorldVeg will recruit a project manager to guide the planning and renovation effort.
Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy (NSP) aims to enhance cooperation and exchanges between Taiwan and 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia. WorldVeg applauds this international outreach initiative. To actively contribute to the effort, WorldVeg has established an NSP Task Force to serve as a bridge between Taiwan and NSP countries. The Task Force will accelerate technological innovation for sustainable vegetable sector development by facilitating the introduction, adaptation, and adoption of Taiwanese horticultural technologies and know‐how, as well as welcoming students and scientists from the NSP countries to Taiwan to work with WorldVeg and Taiwan partners. Task Force members include Mandy Lin (Chair; Associate Specialist, Technology Dissemination), Sophia Chan (Associate Specialist, Virology), and Kitty Hong (Management Assistant). George Kuo, former Director of International Cooperation for the Center, will assist as a resource person for the Task Force.
Twelve Taiwan seed companies met with World Vegetable Center staff and members of the Taiwan Council of Agriculture, Food and Fertilizer Technology Center, and the Taiwan Seed Trade Association on 3 October 2016 at WorldVeg headquarters to seek out areas for collaboration. WorldVeg staff learned about the research priorities of Taiwan seed companies, and seed companies were introduced to the Center's vital role in international agriculture, particularly in Africa and other parts of Asia. The forum aimed to facilitate knowledge sharing, opportunities for regional field trials, and transfer of the Center's research products to Taiwan vegetable producers.