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MicroVeg held Annual Review Meeting in Canada……. March 7-19, 2017

MicroVeg news 2017 pix001The MicroVeg project team held the Annual Review Meeting in Canada from March 7-19, 2017. The first part of the meeting held at the University of Saskatchewan while the second part held at the University of Manitoba. Project leaders and scientists in attendance include Derek Peak, Rotimi Aluko, Duro Oyedele, Clement Adebooye, Pierre Akponikpe, Adeolu Ayanwale, Carol Sossa-Vihotogbe, Nasser Baco, Kehinde Taiwo, Jacinta Uramah-Eze, Djenothin Andreas and Bosede Lawal. Students who are working on different aspects of the project were also present(Gideon Olaleye, Miniely Collins, Taylor Procyshen, Ayo Olarewaju and Modoukpe Djibril.

Top officers of the University of Saskatchewan including the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, and University of Manitoba including the Vice President Research and Dean of Agriculture also attended our meeting. Team members presented reports on the status of project activities on each MicroVeg objective. We discussed the extensively the details of our fertilizer microdosing and value addition technologies, communication strategy, gender studies, scaling up models and young vegetable scientist club. The key decisions taken at the meeting include:

  • That the ISIAB meeting will hold at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria during the last 2 weeks of July, 2017 (July 15 - 31) and
  • Our Project will organize an international conference on African vegetables collaborating with other vegetable research institutions in November 2017 in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
  • Necessary committees for the international conference were formed and commissioned to commence work on the conference.
  • The team decided to link up with IDRC, World Vegetable Centre, AGRA, FAO and FARA for conference sponsorship
  • The postgraduate students from University of Saskatoon (Gideon and Taylor) itinerary were concluded and the students were due to travel on the 18th March, 2017 and spend 3 weeks on a field trip to Nigeria and Benin. They plan to interact with farmers, take soil samples and visit demo and farmer sites to see the effect of the MicroVeg intervention
  • Research student: Modoukpe Imayath Djibril from Benin Republic will have her stay extended for 6 months to continue her excellent research work on polyphenols.

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