Microveg Project is a Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) sponsored project in West Africa. It is a $5 million Canadian Dollars project involving five universities from West Africa and North America: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Osun State University, Nigeria, University of Parakou, Benin, University of Manitoba, Canada and University of Saskatchewan, Canada. This project aims to advance sustainable production and utilization of Under-Utilized Indigenous Vegetables (UIVs) with minimal use of synthetic fertilizer termed fertilizer micro-dosing in West African region.
In Nigeria, more than 1,000 farmers increase their yield and income by using improved farming practices to grow UIVs. These improved farming practices were developed during the field research carried out in Southwestern Nigeria. In Benin, fertilizer micro-dosing and rain water harvesting techniques also helped more than 10 thousand farmers achieved equally beneficial results with other crops despite degraded soil. The teams of Nigerian, Beninese and Canadian researchers are now combining these two innovations to bring the farmers’ practices to 50 thousands farmers. The recommended farming techniques will be spread through demonstration trials, outreach efforts, supports and trainings for seed producers and marketers, by establishing local committees to address issues such as productivity and marketing. Support to indigenous vegetables farming and processing business will increase demand and improved income of 1,000,000 (one million) West African farmers. The lead research partners include Obafemi Awolowo University led by Professor Durodoluwa Oyedele, University of Osun, University of Parakou, Benin; University of Saskatchewan and University of Manitoba both in Canada. This project is among the four international projects that have been collectively awarded $17,000,000 (17 Million Dollars) International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. They are part of an effort to scale up the most promising research supported under IDRC- Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). The CIFSRF is a program of IDRC, Canada undertaken with financial support of the government of Canadian provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada. The fund support research to increase food security in developing Countries while fostering collaboration between developing-countries researchers and Canadian experts.
Prof. Durodoluwa Joseph Oyedele Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Derek Peak University of Saskachewan Prof. Rotimi Emmanuel Aluko University of Manitoba Dr. Pierre B. Irenikatche Akponikpe L' Université de Parakou Prof. Clement Adebooye Odunayo Osun State University
This project is undertaken with the financial support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), www.idrc.ca, and the Government of Canada, provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), www.international.gc.ca