Dr. David W. Johnson from the United States of America is the Center’s new Deputy Director General - Research. Dr. Mamadou Kabirou Ndiaye, a Malian national, is the Center’s new Regional Director for West and Central Africa. -- MORE --
The Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA) and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) signed an agreement on 7 December 2016 in Bangkok for the development and testing of new climate-versatile tomatoes, peppers and cucurbits. The “APSA and World Vegetable Center Consortium” agreement was signed by APSA Executive Director Heidi Gallant and WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis. Representatives of leading seed and plant breeding enterprises, including Chia Tai, Lion Seeds, Dynamic Seeds, EastWest Seed and Kasetsart University attended the signing. -- 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.
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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
In Chevanda, Faisalabad, Pakistan, women work with men in all aspects of protected cultivation of vegetables—sowing, tunnel management, intercropping, hoeing, harvesting, grading and packing. The World Vegetable Center, through the Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) funded by USAID, provides training specifically for women farmers on crop production, protection and marketing, as well as occupational health hazards.
Pakistan has annual rainfall of only 260 mm—an ideal area for producing onion seed. Yet onion growers in Balochistan often have difficulty obtaining good quality seed. WorldVeg is addressing the need. -- MORE --
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 --
Fifteen young people from the ,b>Mali Agribusiness Incubation Hub (MAIH) participated in a one-day training session on vegetable production and marketing at Samanko Research Station, WorldVeg West and Central Africa / Dry Regions, Bamako, Mali.