MicroVeg Project Annual Review Meeting: March, 2017
The MicroVeg annual review meeting came up from March 10 to March 19, 2017. The meeting was held both at Saskatchewan and Manitoba provinces of Canada. The following people were in attendance
- Mrs Ayo Olanrewaju - University of Manitoba
- Mrs Modukpe Djibril - University of Manitoba
- Dr Adeola M. Alashi - University of Manitoba
- Mr Gideon Abimfoluwa - University of Saskatchewan
- Mr Taylor - University of Saskatchewan
- Mrs Jacinta Eze - Osun State University (GG)
- Dr Bosede Lawal - IAR&T
- Dr Carole Sossa-Vihotogbe - University of Parakou
- Dr Nasser Baco - University of Parakou
- Dr Andreas Djenothn - University of Parakou
- Dr Kehinde Taiwo - Obafemi Awolowo University
- Dr Adeolu Ayanwale - Obafemi Awolowo University
- Dr Irenikatche Akponikpe University of Parakou
- Dr Duro Oyedele - Obafemi Awolowo University
- Dr Derek Peak - University of Saskatchewan
- Dr Rotimi Aluko - University of Manitoba
- Dr Clement Adebooye - Osun State University
- Dr Marco Rondon - University of Parakou
MicroVeg Stakeholders Meeting in Nigeria
The Nigerian arm of the MicroVeg Project held a stakeholders' meeting in Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria from 11th to 12th July 2016. The main focus of discussion was on
- report on field visits to Nigeria and Benin Republic sites
- information from first year project report and way forward
- Gender equity, crop and resource diversification
- Agronomic issues including fertilizer micro-dosing and water management studies to improve vegetable production
- Economic strategies, efficiency of scaling up and innovation platform
- Food science technology and how to improve processing and preservation vegetable
- Information and communication strategies
Visit to Farmers' Field
As part of the monitoring exercise, a team of project officers and principal investigators paid a visit to MicroVeg Project sites in Nigeria and Benin Republic from April 14th to 24th, 2016. The following were identified as the objectives of the field visit
- To gain first-hand knowledge of what is happening on the field.
- To ensure that the 2 major teams implementing this project follow the same protocol.
- To ensure that what is seen on the field shows value for money and is able to justify amount of money invested into the project.
- To determine what will be indicators of success for this project.
- To determine if the project is keeping to timelines on all the project activities.
- To use the sites visits to determine if there is need for re-evaluation of plans to ensure the project achieve the set milestones.
A workshop on training of trainers was held at Sun Beach Hotel, Cotonou, Benin Republic from 17th to 20th January 2016.
The workshop on scaling up fertilizer micro-dosing and indigenous vegetable production to enhance food security of West African farmers (MicroVeg) was held in order to train the trainers on scaling up of indigenous vegetables and micro-dosing innovations.
On October 2015, scaling up workshop was held in Cotonou, Benin Republic among the six Six Africa-based CIFSRF projects.
Fertilizer micro-dosing and indigenous vegetable production to enhance food and economic security of West African farmers (MicroVeg) held her review meeting during this time also at the Sun Beach hotel, Cotonou, Benin Republic from 11th to 13th October 2013.
Microveg Project is a Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) sponsored project in West Africa. Upon successful completion of the first phase, International Development Research Center (IDRC) has awarded a sum of $5 million CAD to merge and scale up two projects involved in the first phase, Project 106511(Better vegetable-growing opportunities for Nigerian women) and Project 106516 (Better fertilizer use in the Sahel). Five institutions are involved in this scaling up phase PROJECT 107983, Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State University, Nigeria, University of Parakou, Benin, University of Manitoba and University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
The inception workshop for the Microveg project took place at Osun State University, Oshogbo, Nigeria from 23rd March to 30th March 2015.
The theme was SYNERGIZING FERTILIZER MICRO-DOSING AND INDIGENOUS VEGETABLE PRODUCTION TO ENHANCE FOOD AND ECONOMIC SECURITY OF WEST AFRICAN FARMERS
Please download the inception brochure to get a full gist of the story.