Maureen Mecozzi explains WorldVeg vegetable varieties

  • 22 March, 2020
  • Carlson Wong
Regional Director West and Central Africa Coastal and Humid Regions Victor Afari-Sefa (right) with young farmer Jude Adda in Gia, Ghana (Photo by WorldVeg)
use of sterilized soil growing medium to produce vegetable healthy seedlings_Karatu, Tanzania (Photo by WorldVeg)
WorldVeg amaranth breeders in Africa (Photo by WorldVeg)
WorldVeg Entomologist Paola Sotelo Cardona leads a training session for farmers in India (Photo by WorldVeg)
WorldVeg Genebank Manager Maarten van Zonneveld loads the DHL truck with the WorldVeg black boxes (Photo by WorldVeg)

The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is an international center for vegetable research and development in the world. The center was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Shanhua, Tainan, Southern Taiwan. The head of Communications and Information of the World Vegetable Center, Maureen Mecozzi said the Center has also released around 200 tomato varieties in various countries in the world and they have also developed a new variety known as the golden tomatoes which many in Africa would not dare to try in the beginning as in their traditional concept, tomatoes are supposed to be red in color, Maureen Mecozzi said after some promotion and cooking demonstrations, they were able to convince the local consumers.

Scientists and researchers have spent a lot of time developing a new breed or variety. The seed collection started as early as 1972 and about once a year, the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) sends samples of the seeds to Noah’s Ark on Svalbard in Norway. Norway’s Svalbard Seed Vault aims to protect the world’s crops from natural disasters and it has gathered more than 1 million varieties. The World Vegetable Center has the world’s most complete collection of tomato and mung bean seeds and samples of these crops are also dispatched to the vault in Svalbard.