Sustainable Production of Underutilized Vegetables to Enhance Rural Food Security (CIFSRF)

Indigenous vegetables are extremely important to poor rural women but have received little attention from the research, development and policy community. There is need for improved farming practices and postharvest technologies if these vegetables are to fulfill their potential to contribute to more stable food supplies and higher incomes.

This project - supported by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), a joint program of IDRC and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) - aims to increase the food security and economic empowerment of resource-poor rural women farmers in Nigeria through the cultivation, processing, consumption and marketing of underutilized vegetables. Researchers will inventory, select and evaluate different species; conduct on-farm experiments in two agroecological zones (rainforest and savanna); and carry out detailed value-chain analyses for promising species.

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Project ID

106511

Project status

Active

Start Date

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

End Date

Monday, September 1, 2014

Duration

42 months

IDRC Officer

Sanginga, Pascal

Total funding

CA$ 2,913,935

Countries

Nigeria, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Canada

Program

Canadian International Food Security Research Fund

Project Leader

Dr. Joseph Durodoluwa Oyedele

Institution

Obafemi Awolowo University

Institution Country

Nigeria

Institution Website

http://www.oauife.edu.ng

Project Leader

Prof. Clement Odunayo Adebooye

Institution

Osun State University

Institution Country

Nigeria

Institution Website

http://www.uniosun.edu.ng

Project Leader

Prof. Olalekan Oluwole Akinremi

Institution

University of Manitoba

Institution Country

Canada

Institution Website

http://www.umanitoba.ca

Project Leader

Prof. Thomas Olaf Bouman

Institution

Board of Governors of Cape Breton University

Institution Country

Canada

Institution Website

http://www.cbu.ca