Interview with Maureen Mecozzi, World Vegetable Center

  • 15 March, 2020
  • Carlson Wong
Tomato-field-in-Pin-Ta-Ya_Myanmar (Photo by WorldVeg)
District Nutritionist in Zanzibar Ms Fatuma Said Zaharani explain importance of nutrient dense traditional vegetables for health. (Photo by WorldVeg)
Inviolate Dominick from WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa (left) meets with a project partner from NGO Save the Children (Photo by WorldVeg)
WorldVeg Tomato Breeder Dr. Peter Hanson with tomato seller in Malanville, Benin (Photo by WorldVeg)
The head of Communications and Information of the World Vegetable Center, Maureen Mecozzi ( Photo by Maureen Mecozzi )
Maureen Mecozzi
The head of Communications and Information of the World Vegetable Center, Maureen Mecozzi (Photo by WorldVeg)

The head of Communications and Information of the World Vegetable Center, Maureen Mecozzi said the center helps grow tropical vegetables and traditional vegetables such as African eggplants, okra and amaranth which is a popular traditional leafy rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. Some traditional vegetables are known only in a particular region but these plants adapt well to the environment and she added that some traditional crops have made a great impact on the health, income and livelihood of the local farmers. The Genetic Resources and Seed Unit of the World Vegetable Center houses the largest collection of vegetable seeds in the world and Maureen Mecozzi said they share it with companies or research institutions who ask for vegetable germplasm.

 

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