Temperature sensitivity of food legumes: a physiological insight

Of the various environmental stresses that a plant can experience, temperature has the widest and most far-reaching effects on legumes. Efforts are being made to develop temperature tolerant plant varieties via conventional breeding methods as well as more recent molecular breeding techniques. This paper describes the adverse effects of abnormal temperatures on various growth stages in legumes and proposes appropriate strategies to resolve these effects.

Building agricultural networks of farmers and scientists via mobile phones: Case study of banana disease surveillance in Uganda

An important challenge threatening agriculture in Africa is the difficulty in collecting timely data on disease spread and effectiveness of on-farm control methods. This study served as a case study for assessing the viability of a participatory GIS (Geographic Information System) to enable a plant diagnostics network with fieldworkers.

Conservation of indigenous vegetables from a hotspot in tropical Asia: What did we learn from Vavilov?

Despite 90 years of awareness, indigenous vegetables are poorly represented in the global conservation system. The authors argue for the importance of safeguarding agrobiodiversity in its centers of diversity, using tropical Asia and Myannar as a case study.

How promoting consumption of traditional African vegetables affects household nutrition security in Tanzania

Promoting the production and consumption of traditional vegetables is expected to enhance household nutrition among urban and rural households. The Good Seed Initiative (GSI) program promoted production and consumption of nutrient-dense traditional African vegetables in Tanzania to reduce malnutrition. We estimated the impact of promotion activities on dietary diversity for households, women, and children.

Improving the resilience of agricultural systems through innovation platforms: Creating space for farmer participation in research

Resilience thinking, as an approach to agriculture development, focuses on enhancing the capacity of both the human and ecological systems inter alia. In this paper, the concept of resilience is approached from the perspective of socioecological systems dynamics.


My Success

They like it!

Lilian's children wouldn't eat the food she cooked. Now she grows vegetables that aren’t bitter, changed her cooking style, and has the kids eating healthy leafy greens every day.

  • Robina's students are learning to grow their own vegetables.

Home gardens, healthy children, happy parents

School Principal Robina teaches her young students to grow vegetables and cook them for school lunch. The children are noticeably healthier, which has made her school very popular among parents.

FRESH! The World Vegetable Center newsletter


1502, 2017

New AIRCA chair

Professor Sayed Azam-Ali has been elected as the new chair of the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA) for the 2017 - 2018 term. AIRCA is a nine-member alliance focused on increasing global food security by supporting smallholder agriculture within healthy, sustainable and climate-smart landscapes. The World Vegetable Center is one of the founding members of the organization.

3001, 2017

New directors: Deputy Director General – Research and Regional Director for West and Central Africa

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 --

2501, 2017

APSA and WorldVeg sign agreement

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 --

901, 2017

WorldVeg staffer wins postharvest award

WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa Postharvest Research Associate/Nutritionist Roseline Marealle recently received the 2016 Kader Award for Postharvest Training from the Postharvest Education Foundation. The foundation presents the award to an outstanding graduate e-learner or a team of e-learners after the successful completion of a year of training on commodity systems assessment, small-scale postharvest handling practices, postharvest demonstration design, postharvest training program design, and cost/benefit analysis. -- MORE --




The World Vegetable Center Genebank maintains a large collection of public domain germplasm for the current and future use of all humankind. We distribute seed samples of our germplasm accessions and advanced breeding lines worldwide. Genebank holdings as of 1 February 2017:



VIDEOS: How to save seed

Postharvest practices increase vegetable exports in Bangladesh

Exports of cabbage, cauliflower and other vegetables from Jessore, Bangladesh are increasing as farmers use improved postharvest handling methods to protect the quality and freshness of their produce.

The VINESA Project: Access to Markets

Farmers are forming groups, learning how to grow, harvest and deliver quality produce for high-value markets, and finding new markets to tap through the VINESA project.


When people in Tanzania began producing vegetables for market sale through the VINESA project, many decided to include them in their own meals. Local diets are now more diverse and nutritious.




Pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata)

Honewort (Cryptotaenia japonica)