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.

Single nucleotide polymorphism markers associated with resistance to bruchids

Callosobruchus sp. infect mungbean (Vigna radiata) at low levels in the field, multiply during grain storage and can destroy seed stocks in a few months. Resistance against bruchid beetles has been found in wild mungbean V. radiata var. sublobata TC1966 and in cultivated mungbean line V2802.

The contribution of international vegetable breeding to private seed companies in India

Crop breeding research by international agricultural research centers usually serves public sector crop breeding, but does it still have a role when research and development have shifted to the private sector? This paper explores this question for vegetables in India using data from 27 private companies and 9 public organizations.

Evaluation of wild tomato accessions

Tomato wild relatives are important sources of resistance to many pests of cultivated tomato [Solanum lycopersicum L. (syn. Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.)]. Eleven wild tomato accessions previously identified at the World Vegetable Center as resistant to Bemisia tabaci were evaluated for resistance to the two-spotted spider mite [Tetranychus urticae (Koch.)] Resistance to T. urticae based on the number of eggs from the no-choice bioassays was positively correlated with density of type IV glandular trichomes and negatively correlated with densities of type V trichomes. All resistant accessions accumulated high levels of total acylsugars, which were positively associated with type IV trichomes.


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.



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.

310, 2016

Taiwan Seed Industry Development Forum

Twelve Taiwan seed companies met with World Vegetable Center staff and members of the Taiwan Council of Agriculture, Food and Fertilizer Technology Center, and the Taiwan Seed Trade Association on 3 October 2016 at WorldVeg headquarters to seek out areas for collaboration. WorldVeg staff learned about the research priorities of Taiwan seed companies, and seed companies were introduced to the Center's vital role in international agriculture, particularly in Africa and other parts of Asia. The forum aimed to facilitate knowledge sharing, opportunities for regional field trials, and transfer of the Center's research products to Taiwan vegetable producers.

209, 2016

Global Action Plan for Agricultural Diversification (GAPAD) webinar

The Global Action Plan for Agricultural Diversification (GAPAD) is an initiative to support the United Nation Sustainability Development Agenda 2030. Agricultural diversification will expand current food systems through increasing species diversity and creating a more resilient agriculture ecosystem that includes new crops for food and non-food uses. The GAPAD SDG 2 (Sustainable Development Goal 2) Webinar on 20 September 2016 at 11.00 am (East African Time) will stimulate the discussion on ending hunger and achieving food security. Please REGISTER for the webinar.




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 30 September 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.




Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas)

Kangkong (Ipomoea aquatica)

Saururus (Houttuynia cordata)