Photo credit: ICRISAT
Women at the groundnut processing center. Photo: WOFAN
GROUNDNUT VARIETIES WITH HIGHER OIL CONTENT EMPOWERING WOMEN IN NIGERIA
Using improved varieties of groundnut for processing that offer at least twice the potential quantities of oil for extraction in comparison to local varieties is helping to economically empower women in Nigeria. Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) and ICRISAT are working to promote improved groundnut production technologies for the Yadakwari community in Garun Mallam Local Government Area (LGA) of Nigeria.
The Yadakwari Women’s Community Service Centre is now using these improved varieties to produce more groundnut oil (up to 350 liters per week) in addition to kuli-kuli (a popular local groundnut-based snack; see box). The demand for locally pressed groundnut oil and kuli-kuli is so high that they are being immediately sold in the local markets.
“Improved varieties of groundnut from ICRISAT have brought happiness to many farm-families in…
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