|PLATFORM2013: The objective of the Nigerian-Canadian [NINCANVEG] project is to increase food security and economic empowerment of women farmers.|
|Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:00|
Obafemi Awolowo University’s PLATFORM 2013 article in PLATFORM2013 discusses how the importance of indigenous leafy vegetables to human nutrition has been realized in the present situation of economic meltdown, global food crisis and climate change.
Researchers: Prof. Kehinde Taiwo | Department of Food Science and Technology | & Prof. Duro Oyedele | Principal Investigator in OAU Department of Soil Science |
[Portraits: From top left Prof. Kehinde Taiwo; Prof. Duro Oyedele]
Research in Context
Rationale for research
Methodology and activities
i.)Development of an eco-geographic database of Nigerian vegetables to compile baseline information that will be used for gender analyses and provide input into other phases of thestudy. In addition, the baseline information will form the basis against which we can compare information gathered at the end of the study to assess the impacts of the study.
ii.)Agronomic characterisation – to determine the optimum agronomic practice which includes the best planting material and optimum planting density that can guarantee optimum performance, yield and economic returns and also identification of key leafy vegetable species for promotion and production.
iii.)Advanced on-farm study – to establish beneficial management practices with respect to fertility and water-use efficiency, and establish demonstration plots using appropriate Best Management Practices on farmers lands.
iv.)Food technologies and market analyses – develop post-harvest methods for processing and preservation of vegetables using technologies that can be readily adopted by the local farmers and end users/consumers.
v.)Gender and marketing analyses – to enhance the economic viability of the selected vegetable crops as well as to explore the marketing opportunities inherent in its processing and value addition.
vi.)Communication – multi-media publications, training, workshops and demonstrations.
A major focus of the project is training for poor rural women on production, processing, utilisation and marketing of underutilised vegetables for food security and financial empowerment.
Research output and policy implications
· Development of a GIS-linked database of the eco-geographical occurrence, uses, local processing methods, indigenous knowledge and nutritional qualities of the species collected.
· Gender disaggregated baseline databank on the management of underutilised indigenous vegetable resources.
· Selection of five indigenous vegetables using standardised criteria, multidimensional analyses and information provided by the users during the baseline surveys.
· Baseline conditions of underutilised vegetables in the study area and identification of drivers of vegetable cultivation and utilisation.
· Documentation of the impacts of crop diversification on environment, farm resilience, resource- use efficiency and gender equity.
· Development of agronomic package for high-premium underutilised vegetables of Nigeria.
· Establishment of field-tested procedures for implementing agronomic packages.
· Value addition for underutilised vegetables through improved processing.
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