Crop experts from seven countries exchange and learn new crop systems
About 14 research and extension workers from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Niger, Senegal, Chad, Togo and Ghana attended a 5-day workshop at Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region (Ghana), from 9 to 12 march 2015.
The regional training workshop, organized by FAO, focused on crop research and systems that contribute to increasing capacity at country level to develop and support quinoa initiatives. The programme will also assist beneficiary countries to understand the importance and value of Quinoa crop and enhance their knowledge on its production and post-harvest technologies.
The training will enable the experts to gain better understanding about quinoa crop, and enhance their knowledge on the crop and seed production.
Addressing the participants, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture in charge of Crops, Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan, said in this era when the population has limited access to adequate sources of protein and when there are limitations to food production due to diverse challenges, research has proven that quinoa is one major food plant that contains almost all the essential amino acids, trace elements and vitamins and is also gluten free.
“We are confident the successful implementation of the quinoa project will support our ever- increasing population and its concomitance for more food” the Deputy Minister added.