Founded in 1971, the mission of AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center – is to alleviate poverty and malnutrition in the developing world through the increased production and consumption of safe vegetables. AVRDC Regional Center for Africa in Arusha, Tanzania will be the main international agricultural research institution partner in the consortium in the field of variety and seed development. AVRDC has carried out successful pilot interventions on improving the seed supply of indigenous vegetables through strong partnerships with small private-sector seed companies in East, Central and Southern Africa. The AVRDC seed repository in Tanzania holds more than 5,000 accessions, varieties and lines, about 80% of which are of indigenous vegetables. The Center has about 10 ha of research fields and 4 large screen houses for controlled pollination besides many small net houses for regeneration.
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