Leonard Taylor is an undergraduate biology student from the University of Bath, UK, currently interning at the World Vegetable Center East and Southeast Asia Research and Training Station on Kasetsart University’s Kamphaeng Saen campus, Thailand.
Traditional vegetables once provided a large proportion of the daily protein, vitamin and mineral intake in Papua New Guinea. As the country becomes integrated with the global economy, however, people are consuming more imported processed foods and are eating more meat. Groups in PNG are working to promote consumption of traditional crops to improve nutrition and health. --MORE--
The Horticulture Innovation Lab, Kasetsart University, and WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia in Thailand hosted a vegetable grafting workshop on 22-23 February 2017 for 30 participants from the private seed and nursery sector from Thailand, Cambodia, India, and Lao PDR. --MORE--
Kaset Fair 2016, held from 2-11 December 2016 on the Kasetsart University (KU) Kamphaeng Saen campus in Thailand, attracted more than a million visitors to hundreds of booths and displays showcasing the diversity and innovation of Thai agriculture.
WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia / Oceania bid farewell to four valued staff members that are pursuing new opportunities in agricultural research and beyond. We wish them success in their new careers!
- To Thi Thua Ha, Lead scientist for Mekong Action Area of Humidtropics, Vietnam
- Shriniwas Gautam, Economist for Postharvest, IPM, and evaluation of regional training initiatives
- Supisra Arayaphong, Research Assistant to Shri Gautam
- Porntip Ratanapong, Office Assistant who has served the Center for more than 10 years
Twenty-one students and two lecturers from the Crop Production Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University, visited the World Vegetable Center East and Southeast Asia/Oceania Research and Training Station at Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen campus on 30 November 2016. Drs. Pornpan Usuwan and Saowanee Kongsri facilitated the visit.
Forty-four farmers including 20 women from Phaxang, Nadao, Phatang and Soksay villages gathered at Phaxang village in Kasi district of Vientiane Province, Lao PDR on 6 December 2016 to see the effectiveness of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies based on biopesticides on yard-long bean and vegetable brassicas. -- MORE --
World Vegetable Center Director General Marco Wopereis met with Dr. Chongrak Wachrinrat, Acting President, Kasetsart University (KU) on 9 December 2016 to discuss opportunities for strengthened collaboration. The Center’s East and Southeast Asia office is embedded in KU, with a presence on two campuses. -- MORE --
To enhance availability of vegetables to ethnic communities (Thai, H’mong, Tay, Ede, Jo Jrai, and Kinh) in Vietnam’s Northwest and Central Highlands, the World Vegetable Center conducted six Trainer of Trainers courses and two Farmer Field Schools to create awareness about nutrition and health issues, and to help residents start home gardens and learn cultivation techniques for diverse vegetable crops. -- MORE --