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Taiwan and Guatemala have enjoyed diplomatic relations for over 80 years and the ambassador of Guatemala, Ambassador Willy Alberto Gómez Tirado said Guatemala will continue to support Taiwan’s participation in the international organizations. Ambassador Willy Gómez presented his credentials to President Tsai Ing-wen in August 2019 and he said his mission here is to continue to promote Guatemala to the people of Taiwan adding that they plan to open Guatemalan coffee shops. Due to its growing conditions, Guatemala produces excellent coffee with a different variety of coffee types. Coffee, the Ambassador believes, can connect the peoples of Taiwan and Guatemala even more closely.
Taiwan and Guatemala have enjoyed diplomatic relations for over 80 years. Faced with the coronavirus outbreak or COVID-19, Guatemala has taken a step ahead and has declared a maximum alert over the possible arrival of coronavirus to the country and since January 31, the government has imposed blanket travel restrictions on people who have been to China. As part of the measures to contain COVID-19, the government has closed borders for two weeks since March 17. Guatemalan Ambassador Willy Alberto Gómez Tirado said Taiwan and Guatemala have worked closely sharing information on how to contain the disease.
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.
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.
The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg), formerly known as AVRDC (Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center) is an international center for vegetable research and development in the world. The center was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Shanhua, Southern Taiwan. The Center conducts research and carries out training activities to raise awareness of the role of vegetables for improved health. The World Vegetable Center also helps alleviate poverty by creating new jobs for farmers by encouraging more people to grow vegetables. The head of Communications and Information of the World Vegetable Center, Maureen Mecozzi said breeders need to keep on developing new crops with different traits to respond to different kinds of environment adding that it can take as long as ten years to develop new traits and fix them in a particular crop.