Seminar Flyer

   "Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage - Experiences in Niger"

 

Date:          Monday, November 23, 2009

Time:         3:30 – 5:00 pm

Room:        PFEN 241 (Auditorium)

 Dr. Ibrahim Baoua is the Director of the Center for Agronomic Research – Maradi, Niger Agricultural Research Institute (INRAN) and is also active as a researcher.

Dr. Baoua completed a MS in Biology and a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Quebec. His current research focuses on integrated crop management and protection in addition to surveying insect pests on staple crops in Niger. 

Dr. Baoua participates in national and international collaborations in implementing research and development projects in Niger. From 2000-02, he worked as the Coordinator of "Increase Producer Income", a project funded by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

 Since 2007, he has been the major host country partner for Niger in the Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage (PICS) project. PICS is a regional project for West and Central Africa which aims to achieve the goal of storing 50 percent of the cowpea in the region using non-chemical hermetic storage by 2012. Dr. Baoua was part of the team that designed the project and he is currently playing an important role in implementing PICS activities.

 The project carries out research, capacity building and outreach activities in Niger. In addition, there is a component dealing with supply chain development for the PICS technology. The project has impacted rural communities by helping them to store their cowpeas without the use of chemicals.  The technology allows farmers to store and to sell their cowpea when the price is higher. More than 5000 villages have been reached by PICS activities in Niger during 2007-2008. The project is also providing business opportunities to regional manufacturers and local businessmen.

 Dr. Baoua will share his experience and lessons learned.

 This Seminar is sponsored by the Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage Project of the International Programs in Agriculture and the Department of Entomology at Purdue University.

 Contact: Dr. Larry Murdock, Tel (765) 494-4592, Email: murdockl@purdue.edu