Gender inequality in smallholder onion (Allium cepa l.) production in the far north region of Cameroon

Onion is perceived to be a “man’s crop” in the study region with only 22 percent of onion producers being women. Women mentioned difficulties in acquiring land and storage facilities as the main constraints to successful onion production. Women’s average onion productivity at (7.9 t/ha) was found to be lower than the national average of 10 t/ha and is also lower than that of men at 11 t/ha. The low onion productivity of women is a result of social and economic constraints such as lack of funds to ensure timely field operations and lack of time to supervise work in their fields.

Integrated tree, crop and livestock technologies to conserve soil and water, and sustain smallholder farmers’ livelihoods in Southeast Asian uplands

After reviewing the main causes and effects of land degradation and erosion in the uplands of mainland Southeast Asia, this chapter presents several case studies of recent land-use changes governed by economic, political and institutional transitions, the expansion of teak and rubber tree plantations in northern Laos and southwest China, respectively, and of monocropping coffee in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.

Influence of high temperature stress on growth, phenology and yield performance of mungbean

Increasing atmospheric temperatures will be detrimental for growth functions of various crop plants, especially mungbean, as demand for this legume is increasing in spring and summer in major growing regions in the northern parts of India.

Impact and cost-effectiveness of women’s training in home gardening and nutrition in Bangladesh

This study quantifies the impact and cost-effectiveness of training poor rural women in Bangladesh in home gardening and nutrition. We find that the intervention significantly (p < 0.01) increased vegetable production (+16.5 g/person/day), vegetable consumption and the micronutrient supply from the garden.

Assessment of traditional African vegetable production in Burkina Faso

Nutrient‐dense traditional African vegetables provide an excellent means to complement cereal staples for better nutrition, in particular for women and children, as well as for income generation. This study characterized the production of traditional African vegetables in Burkina Faso.


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.


212, 2016

New Project Manager, Mali Horticulture Scaling Project

Omar Diouf is the new Project Manager for the Mali Horticulture Scaling Project. Dr. Diouf, a Senegalese national, holds a PhD degree in plant physiology and agrotechnology from the University of Brussels, Belgium. Most recently he was Regional Operations Manager of the Millennium Promise/Millennium Development Goals Center for West and Central Africa located in Senegal, where he ensured projects received the scientific and technological support and guidance needed to achieve the MDGs at the community level.

2211, 2016

Colors to honor the King

The World Vegetable Center, in collaboration with the Tropical Vegetable Research Center at Kasetsart University, will provide 250 seed kits and books to local farmers in remembrance of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The kits will contribute towards his majesty's "New Theory in Agriculture" by providing high-quality vegetable seeds to create self-reliant farmers. Each kit contains 9 species of 7 different colors (with 7 unique nutrient profiles) to produce a beautiful, health-promoting garden, as well as a book on how to save the seed of each species.

2010, 2016

Marco Wopereis: “Our work is now more important than ever”

During the official opening of the new addition to the World Vegetable Center South Asia building in Hyderabad, India on 18 October 2016, the Director General addressed the Center's regional role in vegetable productivity, new technology to benefit small-scale producers, and the need to overcome malnutrition, especially among women and children.

1410, 2016

New 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.




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 December 2016:



VIDEOS: How to save seed

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.

Producing seed and peppers

Through his work with the VINESA project, Joshua Elisa Palangyo, a young farmer in Tanzania, produces beautiful sweet peppers -- and the pepper seed, so other farmers can join in his success.

Baraka’s Story: Contract Farming

A young farmer in Tanzania participating in the VINESA project talks about his experiences with contract farming for vegetables.