IITA Cassava Weed Management Project exhibits at first-ever Nutritious Food Fair

The IITA Cassava Weed Management Project showcased its activities during the first-ever Nutritious Food Fair in Nigeria, on 4-5 November 2015 at the IITA station in Kubwa, Abuja.  The food fair tagged; ‘Closing the Nutrition Gap: Prospects for Biofortified Food’, was put together by HarvestPlus Nigeria in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and other partners.
The food fair according to Paul Ilona, the Nigeria Country Representative of HarvestPlus, was aimed at creating awareness towards increasing demand for nutritious food in Nigeria.
The food fair was designed to promote bio-fortification, while creating linkages amongst farmers, processors, marketers and consumers.
The IITA Cassava Weed Management Project displayed various weeding implements, potted weeds found in cassava farms, and safety kits for herbicides use at the project exhibition booth.
As part of their objectives to improve public knowledge on bio-fortified food crops and promoting nutritious crops, the HarvestPlus food fair had a large turnout of farmers, food processing companies, research units from IITA, and a large number of stakeholders in the agriculture value chain.
Speaking at the fair, the Head of IITA station in Abuja, Dr Gbassey Tarawali in his remarks during the opening ceremony, said, “IITA supports the vision of HarvestPlus to develop more nutritious food crops in order to foster healthy living and fight malnutrition in Africa.”
The Project’s exhibition booth witnessed a good turnout of visitors some of which were pupils from various schools in the Abuja metropolis, and the Communication and Knowledge Exchange Expert, Godwin Atser and Social media officer of the Project, Timilehin Osunde were present to answer questions and explain the activities of the Project.
The 2-day event was part of activities to improve nutrition and public health by promoting bio-fortified food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals.

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    The aim of the field visits, which was conducted in Benue, Abia, Oyo and Ogun states, was to demonstrate early but yet promising results being recorded in weed management in cassava farming systems, and to put key partners on the same page.


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