Trainees of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) in Ebonyi state, South- Eastern Nigeria, have showcased recipes derived from cassava produce.
Mr. Sunday Ituma, the State Programme Coordinator of IFAD-VCDP, said at the occasion that the recipes were produced from the improved vitamin A specie of cassava.
Ituma also said that nutrition is a key activity of the IFAD-VCDP as it recognised the need to mainstream it in spite of mainly supporting production, processing and marketing.
“IFAD-VCDP identifies the nutritional gaps in various households and there are many recipes to be prepared from cassava to improve on households’ nutritional intakes; not only “garri’’ and “fufu’’.
This event is replicated in other IFAD-VCDP benefiting states of the country as 10 women from each state were sponsored to the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, for the training,’’ he said.
The coordinator then stated that the recipes’ production is also an income generating activity which the women could commence business activities with , generate income and be gainfully employed.
Chief Ikechukwu Nwobo, Ebonyi Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources said that the state government would key into the production of such recipes.
He also stated that the recipes production is in line with the government’s policy of empowering the youth as most of the trainees were youths.
He urged the trainees to train more people on the production of recipes because the ministry would monitor those who heed to the directive of training more people.