OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY WINS A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH FUNDED BY GOVERNMENT OF CANADA TO SCALE-UP PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION OF UNDER-UTILIZED INDIGENOUS VEGETABLES (UIVs) IN WEST AFRICAN
An international research consortium which includes Duro Oyedele, a Professor of Soil Science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife will receive a total $4,450,000 million (4.45 million Dollars) for a project in partnership with the Osun State University, University of Parakou, Benin, University of Manitoba and University of Saskatchewan, Canada to advance Under-Utilized Indigenous Vegetables (UIVs) in Southwestern Nigeria and Benin Republic.
In Nigeria, more than 1,000 farmers increase their yield and income by using improved farming practices to grow UIVs. These improved farming practices were developed during the field research carried out in Southwestern Nigeria. In Benin, fertilizer micro-dosing and rain water harvesting techniques also helped more than 10 thousand farmers achieved equally beneficial results with other crops despite degraded soil.
Farmers market their vegetables on Farmers Day
NICANVEG the NIGERIA-CANADA UNDERUTILIZED INDIGENOUS VEGETABLE PROJECT (106511) is an IDRC/CIDA sponsored project through the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). The project conducts rural women farmers to participate in agronomic experiments, marketing and value addition studies, nutritional and economic analyses with researchers. The goal is to provide tools for better production, processing, and marketing of these locally important vegetables. This will enhance food security, economic growth, and conservation of valuable vegetable species, all of which will help empower rural women in Nigeria. Ten vegetables have been selected for the studies.
The 2013 annual workshop of the NICANVEG Project (IDRC 106511) was held on the 1st to 8th of December 2013 at Osun State University, Osogbo, Osun State.
Among the important dignitaries invited to the workshop are:
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NICANVEG Midterm Review - Workshop at Winnipeg, MB, Canada
The mid term review-workshop was held at Winnipeg in Canada from 13th may 2013 to 17th May 2013.
Present at the meeting are:
Martin Scanlon - UM