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SCALING-UP FERTILIZER MICRO-DOSING AND INDIGENOUS VEGETABLE PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION IN WEST AFRICA (CIFSRF PHASE 2)


Indigenous Vegetables Innovation and Fertilizer Micro-dosing Technology:

Our previous project (NiCanVeg 2011-2014) has shown that the production of indigenous vegetables offers the opportunity to alleviate rural-based poverty in terms of the rapid and consistent financial returns for women farmers, as well as in meeting the nutritional needs of the poor-rural people especially in the supply of vitamins, and micro nutrients.


MICROVEG PROJECT 107983

12-MONTH PROJECT UPDATE (2ND INTERIM TECHNICAL REPORT)

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The agrarian, rural and resource-poor inhabitants of Nigeria and Benin depend on indigenous edible vegetables for daily supplies of vitamins and nutrients. Since these indigenous vegetables had not been a subject of organized research, this research project was initiated to develop new technologies to improve farming practices, post-harvest handling and value addition for these indigenous vegetables. This offers tremendous opportunities for food security and economic empowerment of the poor rural population, especially the resource-poor women farmers.

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MICROVEG HOLDS TRAINING OF TRAINERS (ToTs) WORKSHOP ON SCALING UP INDIGENOUS VEGETABLES AND FERTILIZER MICRODOSING INNOVATIONS...........

17TH - 20TH JANUARY, 2016 COTONOU, BENIN REPUBLIC.

The MicroVeg Project 10798 which is being funded under the CIFSRF project has its specific dissemination approaches both for research and for development purposes. In order to carry along all the stakeholders and actors who will function along the scaling up cascade, our project organized an intra-project ToTs workshop from 17- 20 January, 2015 at the Sun Beach Hotels, Cotonou, Benin Republic. The workshop addressed the following questions:

  • How to implement practically the two MicroVeg project approaches of dissemination?
  • What are the theories which underline them?
  • How will gender be taken into account during the implementation of the two scaling up strategies?
  • How to document the expected or unexpected changes (Which data are needed)?
  • How and when to collect these data?
  • What are the appropriate analytical tools?
  • What are the expected outputs?


Pix 013 Coordinator visits University of ParakouRegional Project Coordinator visits University of Parakou

……..December 15-18, 2015

The MicroVeg project team at the University of Parakou played host to the Project’s Regional Coordinator(RPC) -Professor Clem Adebooye from Tuesday 15-Friday 18 December 2015. The Benin team led by Dr Pierre Akponikpe and accompanied by Dr Nasser Baco, Dr Carole Vihotogbe and Dr Andre Djenothin coordinated the programme of the visit. The RPC and Benin team paid a courtesy visit to the leadership of the Faculty of Agronomy, University of Parakou. The RPC and the Benin team engaged in strategic documents review on Wednesday 16 December where the Communication Strategy, Gender Protocol and Scaling up Protocol were reviewed preparatory to the full implementation of the strategies. As a result, training of the West African teams on the necessary ingredients for scaling up strategy was slated for January 17-20, 2016. The training will hold in Cotonou. Participants at the training will include: 3 PhD students who are working on scaling up experiment, 3 NGOs, 6 project team members and 3 PIs. 


Pix 012 MicroVeg October Project Review in CotonuMicroVeg Project Holds Project Review Meeting in Cotonou, Benin Republic (October 11-13, 2015).

The MicroVeg Project held a project review meeting at the Sun Beach Hotel, Cotonou, Benin Republic from October 10-13, 2015. The workshop was coordinated by the Benin Team (University of Parakou) of MicroVeg Project under the leadership of Dr Pierre Akponikpe and Dr Nasser Baco while Dr Carole Sossa-Vihotogbe assisted with the logistics. A total of 16 participants, including, the Principal Investigators from the University of Saskatchewan, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State University, the Green Generation and Sahel Group were present at the meeting while the Principal Investigator from the University of Manitoba was represented by Dr Adeola Alashi.


Pix 011 Scaling Up Workshop in CotonouSix Africa-based CIFSRF Projects hold Scaling Up Workshop in Cotonou, Benin Republic (October 7-10, 2015).

The six projects that are being implemented under CIFSRF programme (MicroVeg in Benin and Nigeria, CBPP Vaccine in Kenya, Single Dose Vaccine in South Africa, Sunflower in Tanzania and Pulses Innovation in Ethiopia) held a workshop on scaling up and business plans from October 7-10, 2015 at the Sun Beach Hotel, Cotonou, Benin Republic. A total of 38 participants including the Principal Investigators, Associate Researchers and third party partners were present at the workshop. The workshop was coordinated by the Benin Team (University of Parakou) of the MicroVeg Project under the leadership of Dr Pierre Akponikpe and Dr Nasser Baco while Dr Carole Sossa-Vihotogbe assisted with the logistics. The workshop trainer-Dr Alvaro Paz Mendez of IDRC and the IDRC supervisor for MicroVeg Project-Dr Pascal Sanginga led the discussions, training and practical aspects of the workshop.

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