The World Vegetable Center celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Participants at the 40th birthday celebration gathering outside AVRDC headquarters
Friday, 8 November 2013

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) officially marked its 40th anniversary with a three-day celebration on 16-18 October 2013 at AVRDC headquarters in Shanhua, Taiwan. This event reviewed the Center’s accomplishments and celebrated current successes towards alleviating poverty and malnutrition across the globe through the increased production and consumption of nutritious, health-promoting vegetables. A ceremony on the 16th featured an address by Den-Yih Wu, Vice President of the Republic of China, who acknowledged the Center’s role in benefitting the health and incomes of millions of small-scale farmers worldwide. Throughout the celebration discussions were focused towards charting the institution’s future endeavours with input from Nobel laureates, experts in the fields of agriculture, development, nutrition and food security, and people around the world who support AVRDC’s mission. “The World Vegetable Centre’s 40th birthday celebrations and 2 day colloquium had us looking back over the successes of the past, but also forward to the Centre’s future role in research for development that brings a strong connect between agriculture and nutrition” said Cathy Reid, board member of AVRDC and Director of Public Affairs and Communication, Crawford Fund. The AIFSRC congratulates The World Vegetable Center on 40 years of dedicated service to tropical agriculture and its commitment to alleviating poverty and malnutrition in developing regions across the world.

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 Dr Dyno Keatinge, DG of World Vegetable Centre (centre left) and Wu Den-yih,  Vice President of the Republic of China (centre right) and other dignitaries