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.

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased awareness of the nutritional value and potential of under-researched vegetables
  • Diversified and increased income for rural women through improved production and marketing opportunities
  • Improved environmental sustainability through better soil fertility management and soil and water conservation
  • Increased capacity of women farmers, scientists, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies in vegetable production, processing, and marketing
  • Creation of a community-run monitoring system to assess the impact of crop diversification on resource use and the environment

Participatory institutions

There are four Universities involved in this project. two from Nigeria

  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
  • Osun State University, Oshogbo, Osun State, Nigeria

and the other two from Canada

  • University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotial , Canada.