From: Azeez Babatunde, Abuja
Not less than 10 rural women in Niger State have benefitted from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) training on cassava value-chain for the production of confectionaries.
The capacity building was organised in partnership with the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) as part of efforts to empower women in rural communities across the country.
Speaking at the one week training held at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, the State Programme Coordinator (SPC), Dr. Matthew Ahmed said it would serve as recipes for producing different Vitamin `A’ fortified cassava by-products such as Combobits, Casmoi, Casarita, Gari, Fufu and Caschin.
“Nutrition is a key activity of the IFAD-VCDP; that was why we carried out a study which identified the nutritional gaps in various households.
“Therefore introducing vitamin `A’ into their meals will improve their nutritional intakes, and will go a long way in bridging the gaps,’’ Ahmed stated.
In her remarks, VCDP State Rural Institution, Gender and Youth Mainstreaming Officer, Hajiya Maimuna Ahmed, tasked trainees to share knowledge acquired with other women stressing that that more people would be trained by the VCDP.