Celebrating 50 years of World Vegetable Center

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The World Vegetable Center has celebrated its 50th anniversary on 3 and 4 November, 2023 under the theme "sowing seeds, meeting needs". Founded in 1971 and with operations starting in 1973 as the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC) with a focus on tropical Asia, today the work of the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) spans the globe. Headquartered in Taiwan, with regional bases in Benin, Mali, Tanzania, India and Thailand, the Center has about 350 staff dedicated to the mission of realizing the potential of vegetables for healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods.

In contribution to the festivities the Representative of the Netherlands office in Taipei, Guido Tielman, shared the a video message in which he recognizes the important role of WorldVeg in strengthening global food security.

We invite you to watch Guido's video message

The Netherlands recognizes the importance to encouraging healthy food and vegetables as part of their food security policy and sees the important role of WorldVeg in research and innovation. 

WorldVeg works closely with CGIAR and the Netherlands also co-finances the SafeVeg project with the EU in three countries in West Africa.

Learn more about the World Vegetable Center
See new updates of the SAFEVEG project
Engage with CGIAR research on Fruits and Vegetables


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Mariëlle Karssenberg

Knowledge Broker - Netherlands Food Partnership

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