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Doing Things Differently in Djalé

The small village of Djalé, located in the Sikasso region of Mali, is the perfect example of a community determined to overcome malnutrition and poverty. 

Zanzibar’s traditional tastes

Residents of Tasani, Chaani Kubwa and Fuoni villages sampled some tasty dishes prepared with traditional vegetables during three field days and cook shows held from 19-26 October 2017 as part of the Home Garden Scaling Project.

Mungbean makes news from West Africa to Australia

Mungbean has long been a popular crop in Asia, but other parts of the world are beginning to take greater notice of this nutritious legume.

Does protected cultivation have a place in sub-Saharan Africa?

A review of the transfer of protected cultivation methods into the region raises questions about performance, profitability, and environmental impact.

VISION: Healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods through greater diversity in what we grow and eat

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WorldVeg in the news

Solar driers for chili peppers
Traditional crops for modern diets
Onions now smell different in Odisha
Appropriate Technology, Vol 44, No 4

Thinking ‘beyond the farm’—On Germany’s longstanding commitment to agricultural research for development
ILRI Clippings, 30 November 2017

Sustainable agriculture: Key species in the seed bank 
TVBS Television (Chinese), 25 November 2017

Development of eggplant materials for adaptation to climate change
HortiDaily, 22 September 2017


Tajikistan nutrition-sensitive vegetable technologies: Phase II

Introducing new nutritious vegetable crops as well as new production methods to increase vegetable production and consumption in 12 districts of Khatlon Province.

The benefits of WorldVeg tomato breeding

World Vegetable Center breeding programs produce the materials national research institutes need to bring new resilient and productive varieties to farmers.

The challenges of chili production and marketing

WorldVeg South Asia staff Devender Pal Kaur, Ramashray Dubey and Souradeep Acharjee discovered first-hand the complexities of the chili value chain during a study trip from 13-14 November 2017 in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Mungbean makes news from West Africa to Australia

Mungbean has long been a popular crop in Asia, but other parts of the world are beginning to take greater notice of this nutritious legume.

Vegetables are humankind’s most affordable source of vitamins and minerals needed for good health

Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables

Vegetables are increasingly recognized as essential for food and nutrition security, yet neither the economic nor nutritional power of vegetables is sufficiently realized. To tap the economic power of vegetables, governments will need to increase their investment in farm productivity (including improved varieties, alternatives to chemical pesticides, and the use of protected cultivation), good postharvest management, food safety, and market access. To tap the nutritional power of vegetables, consumers need to know how vegetables contribute to health, and find them at affordable prices or be able to grow them themselves.


Ochieng J, Afari-Sefa V, Lukumay PJ, Dubois T. 2017. Determinants of dietary diversity and the potential role of men in improving household nutrition in Tanzania. PLoS ONE 12(12): e0189022. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189022

Thibault Nordey,Claudine Basset-Mens, Hubert De Bon,Thibaud Martin, Emilie Déletré, Serge Simon, Laurent Parrot, Hugo Despretz, Joël Huat, Yannick Biard, Thomas Dubois, Eric Malézieux. 2017. Protected cultivation of vegetable crops in sub-Saharan Africa: limits and prospects for smallholders. A review. AGRONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, 37, 53. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13593-017-0460-8

Sita, K., Sehgal, A., HanumanthaRao, B., Nair, R.M., Vara Prasad, P.V., Kumar, S., Farroq, M., Siddique, K.H.M.,Varshney, R.V., Nayyar, H. (2017). Food legumes and rising temperatures: Effects, adaptive functional mechanisms specific to reproductive growth stage and strategies to improve heat tolerance. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE. 8:1658. PDF

Rajendran, S., Afari-Sefa, V., Shee, A., Bocher, T., Bekunda, M., Inviolate dominick, Lukumay, P.J. (2017). Does crop diversity contribute to dietary diversity? Evidence from integration of vegetables into maize-based farming systems. AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY. 6:50PDF

Mariyono, J., Kuntariningsih, A., Dewi, H.A., Latifah, E., Daroini, P.B., Negoro, A.A., Afari-sefa, V., Luther, G. (2017). Pathway analysis of vegetable farming commercialization. ECONOMIC JOURNAL OF EMERGING MARKETS. 9(2):115-124. PDF

Sikirou, R., Beed, F., Ezin, V., Hoteigni, J., Miller, S.A. (2017). Distribution, pathological and biochemical characterization of Ralstonia solanacearum in Benin. ANNALS OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES. 62(1):83-88. PDF

Khadka, R.B., Marasini, M., Rawal, R., Gautam, D.M., Acedo, A.L., Jr. (2017). Effects of variety and postharvest handling practices on microbial population at different stages of the value chain of Fresh Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) inwestern Terai of Nepal. BIOMED RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL. 2017:7148076. PDF

Schreinemachers, P., Simmons, E.B., Wopereis, M.C.S. (2017). Tapping the economic and nutritional power of vegetables. GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY online. PDF

Manasa, R., Rameshraddy, Bindumadhava, H., Nair, R.M., Prasad, T.G., Shankar, A.G. (2017). Screening mungbean (Vigna radiata L.) lines for salinity tolerance using salinity induction response technique at seedling and physiological growth assay at whole plant level. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PLANT, ANIMAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES. 7(4):1-12. PDF


1512, 2017

52nd Board of Directors Meeting and 2017 Global R & D Week

The World Vegetable Center Board of Directors held its 52nd meeting in conjunction with the 2017 Global R & D Week, 4-8 December 2017 at WorldVeg headquarters in Taiwan. The dual event gave board members the opportunity to interact with staff, engage in meaningful discussions, and provide perspective on the Center's new direction.  Board members David Sammons (USA), Dae Geun Oh (Korea), Takashi Hamada (Japan) and Vivencio Mamaril (Philippines) completed their terms. The Center is grateful for their service and thoughtful advice over the years. Incoming members are Myoung Rae Cho, Director General, Department of Horticultural Crop Research, National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science Rural Development Administration (Korea); George Culaste, OIC-Director Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture (Philippines); Bonnie McClafferty, Director, Food Value Chain, GAIN (USA); and Shigehiro Nishiumi, Deputy Representative, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (Japan).

1711, 2017

World Vegetable Center receives grants from Germany

The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is pleased to announce it has received two grants from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to support vegetable research and development activities in Tanzania and Kenya. “Amazing Amaranth: Hardy and nutritious amaranth lines and food practices to improve nutrition in East Africa” (EUR 1,200,000) aims to increase availability and consumption of improved nutrient-rich amaranth cultivars. Leaves of amaranth provide essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium lacking in local diets, and the plant also produces a high-protein grain. WorldVeg will investigate amaranth lines that can serve both purposes, and also seeks to breed cultivars with low levels of oxalates in the leaves. “GrAfrica: Introduce grafted plantlets to improve yield and income of smallholder tomato producers in sub-Saharan Africa” (EUR 100,000) builds on the Center’s decades of experience in vegetable grafting. The GrAfrica project plans to teach grafting methods to 50 trainers and 12 nursery operators (preferentially youth and women), who will in turn share their knowledge and skills with 2,500 tomato producers in Tanzania. “We’re excited about the prospect of bringing the benefits of improved amaranth to people whose diets are deficient in important nutrients, and also to introduce grafting to Africa, where we expect it will have a significant impact,” said Dr. David Johnson, WorldVeg Deputy Director General – Research. “BMZ has been an outstanding supporter of the Center’s research for many years and we welcome the opportunity to continue this positive and productive relationship.”

My Success

No water? Grow vegetables!

The Mafichoni Garden Group isn't about to let a scarce water supply get in the way of growing nutritious food for their families and neighbors.

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.




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 January 2018:



VIDEOS: How to save seed

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.

Growing and cooking vegetables with VINESA!

Join the students at Emmanuel Primary School in Tanzania on a tasty journey to add diversity and nutrition to their diets with vegetables.




Malabar spinach (Basella spp.)

Celosia (Celosia argentea)