The WorldVeg West and Central Africa - Dry Regions booth attracted a lot of attention at a recent USAID Partnership Declaration event in Bamako, Mali. Omar Diouf explained WorldVeg activities in the region to Mali's Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Moulaye Ahmed Boubacar and US Ambassador to Mali H.E. Dennis Hankins. Mali is one of 12 partner countries selected for a new phase of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative.
Vegetable production is among the activities in USAID's new five-year commitment to advance agriculture for development in Mali.
On Friday, 2 March 2018, WorldVeg officially opened its new building for West and Central Africa - Dry Regions in Bamako, Mali. Director General Marco Wopereis was on hand to help Mali's Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Nango Dembele, cut the ribbon.
A USAID Health Team led by Fatimata Ouattara, Project Manager Specialist at USAID Health in Bamako, recently visited the WorldVeg Sirakoroba Vegetable Technology Immersion Cluster (VTIC) in Sikasso, Mali, where WorldVeg is efficiently integrating agriculture, nutrition, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and health through the USAID/Mali Scaling project. --MORE--
Surveys were conducted in 2014 and 2015 in Southern and Northern Benin, respectively, to identify the viruses infecting peppers (Capsicum spp.). The samples were screened by ELISA for cucumber mosaic virus (CMV), pepper veinal mottle virus (PVMV), potato virus Y (PVY) and tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV). A generic reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) was used to test for the presence of poleroviruses. ELISA tests confirmed the prevalence of all viruses, while the RT-PCR detected pepper vein yellows virus (PeVYV) which is reported for the first time in Benin. A further, divergent polerovirus isolate was detected from a single pepper sample originating from southern Benin. Screening of samples collected from solanaceous plants during virus surveys in Mali (conducted in 2009) also detected this divergent polerovirus isolate in two samples from African eggplants. The complete genome sequence was obtained from the Mali isolate using transcriptome sequencing and by conventional Sanger sequencing of overlapping RT-PCR products. Based on the sequence characteristics of this isolate we propose a new polerovirus species, African eggplant yellowing virus (AeYV).
This research study seeks to understand the impact of low-cost cooling and storage solutions in helping farmers reduce postharvest losses for vegetables.
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.
At the Bankorobougou Vegetable Technology Immersion Cluster in Sikasso, farmers have access to a new well and new knowledge about ways to extend the vegetable harvest
AVRDC training increases skills and knowledge of vegetable producers in Mali, and tours raise awareness of best practices.