WorldVeg conducts research, builds networks, and carries out training and promotion activities to raise awareness of the role of vegetables for improved health and global poverty alleviation.

WorldVeg is an international non-profit research and development institute committed to alleviating poverty and malnutrition in low and lower-middle-income countries through increased production and consumption of vegetables. It also manages the world’s largest vegetable gene bank.

The Centre’s research and development work focus is on:

  • breeding improved vegetable lines
  • developing and promoting safe production practices
  • reducing postharvest losses
  • improving the nutritional value of vegetables.

This results in:

  • higher vegetable harvests
  • higher incomes
  • more jobs
  • healthier and more nutritious diets.

ACIAR has a strategic partnership agreement with WorldVeg. We provide WorldVeg with both core funding and project-specific funding. The partnership supports vegetable breeding activities and capacity-building through the development of:

  • improved vegetable varieties
  • introduction of agricultural practices
  • collaboration and capacity building of public and private seed sectors

ACIAR funding has supported:

  • conservation of crop biodiversity
  • more resilient crops to biotic and abiotic constraints
  • good agricultural practices that are safe for consumers
  • profitable and sustainable value-chains
  • improved capacity of smallholder farmers
  • national partners in production and commercialisation.

WorldVeg has brought significant benefits to Australian agriculture, through its:

  • mungbean breeding program providing the varieties grown across most of northern Australia
  • tomato breeds with genetic resistance to yellow leaf curl virus which poses an ongoing threat to the Australian tomato industry.
ACIAR & WorldVeg Partnership Report 2020
ACIAR & WorldVeg Partnership Report 2019