Registration is now open for the 36th International Vegetable Training Course!
Gain the knowledge and skills you need to contribute
to the sustainable development of the vegetable sector in your country.
gender and power
A new study on empowerment
and sustainable home garden uptake
examines perceptions and priorities
of women’s and men’s livelihood
aspirations and how they relate
to the nutritional status of children
A invasive new pest is devastating crops in Karnataka. WorldVeg staff have found a solution that has the enthusiastic support of farmers and government alike.
Big hairy tomatoes!
With strong natural defenses against several common pests, a tomato bred from wild relatives could provide safer production of one of the world's most popular crops.
ZECCs: Keeping it cool!
With some bricks and a little sand, vegetables can be kept coolwithout refrigeration in a zero energy cooling chamber.Watch the video and learn how to build a ZECC!
C. simmondsii is the predominant pathogen causing chili fruit anthracnose in Fiji. Sequence variation of additional housekeeping genes should be adopted to further understand the phylogenetic relationship of Colletotrichum species associated with chili fruit anthracnose in Fiji and those present in the other parts of the world.
Results indicate that tomato production is being done by relatively young married individuals who have at least primary level education. More than 16% of respondents encounter produce losses due to high incidence of diseases, insect pest and mechanical injuries, each of them accounting for more than 20% of postharvest losses.
Two Capsicum annuum anthracnose resistant introgression lines with resistance conferred by different sources were crossed to develop a three-way population. In both resistance sources, resistance was controlled by a major recessive gene.
This study aimed to understand farmers' knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding agricultural pest management and synthetic pesticide use in Southeast Asia. Data were used from 900 farm households producing leaf mustard and yard-long bean in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Most farmers were aware of the adverse health effects associated with pesticide use and covered body parts while spraying, but also considered pesticides to be highly effective and indispensable farm inputs.
How does home gardening fit into women's and men’s livelihood aspirations? Can home gardens address the nutritional deficiencies of household members in ways that empower women? Do men and women differ in their perceptions of the nutritional status of children? This study, undertaken as part of a collaboration between the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), aims to answer these questions and inform home garden scaling-up strategies, implementation processes, monitoring and evaluation.
In partnership with MIT D-Lab, the World Vegetable Center, and Mercy Corps, MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) will evaluate vegetable storage technologies in Mali designed to function without the use of electricity where power is either not accessible or not affordable. Effective technologies will be able to prevent additional food loss and strengthen the supply chain for perishable foods, working to improve both the incomes of farmers and the food security of rural areas.
CITE will focus on measuring the technical capabilities of these storage receptacles through sensor data, as well as conducting interviews and examining the cost effectiveness of each option. CITE evaluates products through extensive lab and field testing, producing reports intended to help facilitate data-driven decision-making in global development. -- MORE --
A photograph of home gardener Bibi Mwanaidi and her grandson with African nightshade seeds Mwanaidi harvested from her garden in Tanzania claimed second place in the Feed the Future 2017 photo contest. Photographer Rhiannon O'Sullivan, a communications volunteer from Australian Volunteers International who worked at WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa in Arusha, Tanzania in 2016, took the photo.
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.
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 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 2017: