Stronger vegetables need less spraying
Originally an Asia-based organisation, AVRDC (the World Vegetable Center) now has regional offices in East and West Africa, where it develops improved vegetable varieties on behalf of smallscale farmers. The mission of the Center is to tackle poverty and malnutrition through increased production and consumption of nutritious and health-promoting vegetables, including indigenous and exotic species. Recently, Center staff in Cameroon held a vegetable day to showcase new varieties developed in partnership with Cameroonian farmers. Takemore Chagomoka, a Center liaison officer and seed business specialist, explains more about the varieties developed, and the opportunity they provide to farmers in the region.
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