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Going to seed

At the recent 2018 African Seed Trade Association Congress in Cairo, a WorldVeg team finds like-minded companies ready to expand seed choices and increase seed quality for Africa's farmers.

Hub tour

A team of WorldVeg staff fanned out across Mali to assess field conditions at several group training locations.

Know the enemy

Correctly identifying pests and diseases is the first step in safe control.

Handle with care, eat with gusto!

A light touch at harvest and a bit of culinary skill transform vegetables into nutritious, delicious dishes.

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6-9 May 2019
Taichung, Taiwan

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

FRESH! The World Vegetable Center newsletter


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Improving diets in an era of food market transformation
PAEPARD, 18 April 2018

WSU alum awarded for career working to end hunger, malnutrition
Washington State University, 23 March 2018

Hypoglycemic effect of fasting blood sugar
Medizin am Abend (German), 17 March 2018

花蓮場南瓜新品種 [友旺]種子即將上市 (Disease-resistant pumpkin variety “Hualien AVRDC No. 2 – Hope” coming soon)
News & Market, 17 March 2018

Farmers, scientists and government design recipes for resilient and profitable agriculture in Karnataka
ICRISAT newsletter, 16 March 2018

Pre-Columbian people spread fruit across Latin America
Ars Technica, 14 March 2018


2018 APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Workshop

The Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA)/World Vegetable Center Vegetable Breeding Consortium held its second annual workshop on 16-17 May 2017 at WorldVeg headquarters in Shanhua, Taiwan. Fifty-two participants from 32 consortium companies across the region joined 37 WorldVeg staff for discussions, intensive seminars on the Center’s breeding work and other research, and in-field evaluations of tomato, pepper, and cucurbit crops.

Pepper preview

A field day for a crop that’s essential to the flavor of India.

A safe place for seed

WorldVeg joined the celebrations for the 10th Anniversary of the Svalbard Seed Vault in Norway.

Largest WorldVeg projects in India inaugurated

Two new WorldVeg projects seek broad-based transformation of the agricultural sector in Jharkhand and Assam, India.

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.


Agbessenou, A.; Tounou, A.K.; Dannon, E.A.; Datinon, B.; Agboton, C.; Srinivasan, R.; Pittendrigh, B.R.; Tamò, M. 2018. Influence of rearing substrates and nontarget hosts on the bionomics of the tachinid parasitoid Nemorilla maculosa (Diptera: Tachinidae). ENVIRONMENTAL ENTOMOLOGY. 47(2):356-363. PDF

Tata Ngome, P.I.; Afari-Sefa, V.; Ntsomboh-Ntsefong, G.; Okolle, J.; Billa, S.F.; Moma, C.; Atemkeng Fonji, M.; Ngome, A.F. 2018. Investigating strategies for sustainable vegetable food crop system in three agro ecological zones of the humid tropics area of Cameroon. AFRICAN STUDY MONOGRAPHS. 39(1):27-46. PDF

Saidov, N.; Srinivasan, R.; Mavlyanova, R.; Qurbonov, Z. 2018. First report of invasive South American tomato leaf miner Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in Tajikistan. FLORIDA ENTOMOLOGIST. 101(1):147-149. PDF

Srinivasan, R.; Malini, P.; Othim, S.T.O. 2018. Fall armyworm in Africa: which ‘race’ is in the race, and why does it matter? CURRENT SCIENCE. 114(1):27-28. PDF

Chang, J.C.; Srinivasan, R. 2018. Transcriptome analysis in the beet webworm, Spoladea recurvalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). INSECT SCIENCE. 25(1):33-44. PDF

Dhillon, N.P.S.; Sanguansil, S.; Srimat, S.; Schafleitner, R.; Manjunath, B.; Agarwal, P.; Xiang, Q.; Mohammed A.M.; Myint, T.; Hanh, N.T.; Cuong, T.K.; Balatero, C.H.; Salutan-Bautista, V.; Pitrat, M.; Lebeda, A.; McCreight, J.D. 2018. Cucurbit powdery mildew-resistant bitter gourd breeding lines reveal four races of Podosphaera xanthii in Asia. HORTSCIENCE. 53(3):337-341. PDF

van Zonneveld, M.; Larranaga, N.; Blonder, B.; Coradin, L.; Hormaza, J.I.; Hunter, D. 2018. Human diets drive range expansion of megafauna-dispersed fruit species.  PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Online. PDF

van Zonneveld, M.; Thomas, E.; Castañeda‐Álvarez,, N.P.; Damme, V.V.; Alcazar, C.; Loo, J.; Scheldeman, X. 2018. Tree genetic resources at risk in South America: A spatial threat assessment to prioritize populations for conservation. DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS. Online. PDF

Kansiime, M.K.; Karanja, D.K.; Alokit, C.; Ochieng, J. 2018. Derived demand for African indigenous vegetable seed: implications for farmer-seed entrepreneurship development. INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT REVIEW. Online. PDF

Krawinkel, M.B.; Ludwig, C.; Swai, M.E.; Yang, R.Y.; Chun, K.P.; Habicht, S.D. 2018. Bitter gourd reduces elevated fasting plasma glucose levels in an intervention study among prediabetics in Tanzania. JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY. online. PDF

Sogbohossou, E.O.D.; Achigan-Dako, E.G.; Maundu, P.; Solberg, S.; Deguenon, E.M.S.; Mumm, R.H.; Hale, I.; Deynze, A.V.; Schranz, M.E. 2018. A roadmap for breeding orphan leafy vegetable species: A case study of Gynandropsis gynandra (Cleomaceae). HORTICULTURE RESEARCH. 5:2. PDF


1505, 2018

New Borlaug-Ruan interns

The World Vegetable Center is pleased to announce the appointment of two Borlaug-Ruan International Internship interns for 2018. Ms. Tyler Reid, 17, from Brandywine, Maryland, USA, will study plant genetics at WorldVeg headquarters under the guidance of Vegetable Breeder Dr. Mohamed Rakha. She has explored symbiotic plant systems through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s AgDiscovery program and with the National Park System. Mr. Chase Krug, 17, from Marion, Iowa, USA, has been conducting crop research on potatoes, corn, peas, and soybeans since his freshman year of high school. He will work out of the WorldVeg South Asia office in Hyderabad, India with Legume Breeder Dr. Ramakrishnan Nair and Visiting Entomologist Dr. Abdul Rasheed War.

2504, 2018

Planning grant for construction and renovation of research infrastructure

The World Vegetable Center has received a USD 1.7 million (NTD 50,000,000) grant from the Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA) to begin planning a major construction and renovation project to modernize the Center’s research infrastructure. “The Center’s laboratories are in urgent need of renewal,” said WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis. “We’re grateful to Taiwan COA for the financial support that will allow us to start making our vision of a modern international research hub for vegetable science and breeding a reality.” Improvements will include a new seed treatment facility, capacity for controlled environment phenotyping, and upgraded laboratory facilities. In the coming weeks, WorldVeg will recruit a project manager to guide the planning and renovation effort.

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.

Okra seed



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 April 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)