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22 March, 2020
Carlson Wong

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.

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15 March, 2020
Carlson Wong

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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08 March, 2020
Carlson Wong

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.

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01 March, 2020
Carlson Wong

When people say it is just a health issue, it is never just a health issue because it is always related to politics. When Taiwan first proposed the evacuation of its citizens, in the beginning, the Chinese government did not approve as they said evacuation happens only when a foreign country wants to evacuate its nationals and Taiwanese fall into the category of “Chinese” people, but the Chinese government eventually agreed to the evacuation on February 3 using only a Chinese airline company. Prof.Edward I-hsin Chen, a distinguished chair professor of political science department at Chinese Culture University explains the political game and the impact of COVID-19 on the Washington-Taipei-Beijing relations.

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23 February, 2020
Carlson Wong

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is an independent, non-government organization (NGO) providing education in human rights advocacy based in Sydney, Australia. DTP provides training on various issues such as the rights of the indigenous peoples, migrant workers, modern day slavery activists campaigning against poverty and homelessness, torture, political killings and death penalty. Patrick Earle, Executive Director of DTP said he hopes to work with NGOs in Taiwan on various issues such as death penalty, rights of the indigenous peoples and migrant workers.

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