Purdue Improved
Cowpea Storage
Project Activities




   International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut intern...
Outline
•  Background
•  Project Vision
•  Project Approach
  –  rainings
   T
  –  ensitization
   S
  –  emonstrations
 ...
Cowpeas are very
susceptible to post
harvest storage
damage


                      International Institute of Tropical Ag...
Price of Cowpea per Period

October/November                                                                       May/Jun...
Price of Cowpea and Quality




   International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture ...
The Solution with PICS

•  Hermetic storage has been proven to be
   very effective - PICS triple bags are
   currently an...
Specifications of the Bags
             (Polyethylene high density)



•  Inside Bags
    – 2 bags PEHD 70 X 137
      cm ...
PICS Project Vision


• To have 50% of cowpea in West
and Central Africa stored with non-
chemical hermetic methods by 201...
PICS Approach

•  PICS is a Purdue University (USA) and its
   partners project funded by BMGF

•  It is a five years proj...
2007


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International Institute of Tropical Agric...
2008



                                                       5109



    3000                                  100




I...
2009

    2000




                                      10,000
                      943


                   1000




In...
10 Countries
          28,000 Villages
       5 Years (2007 – 2012)



            2000                                   ...
PICS Approach
•  Project has 3 main components:
  –  The technology dissemination (inform about the
     technology)
  –  ...
Picture of the
bags




                 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agricu...
Presenting the PICS bag to a village chief
and other notables in Bunkure (Kano state)
            International Institute ...
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
Posters in English, French, Hausa, More and
Bambara (so far) for merchants shops and extension
offices – technicians have ...
Demonstrations in villages with men and women
           farmers In Kano, Nigeria




              International Institut...
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
PICS/IITA female technician during a
demonstration in Kwa village (Kano state)
         International Institute of Tropica...
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
Average Attendance per demonstration
            in each state




     International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – ...
Attendance at village Demonstrations in
         each state in 2008




      International Institute of Tropical Agricult...
PICS Partners
•  Lead partners per country:
    –  IITA: Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Cameroon.
    –  World Vision: Niger, Mali,...
•  PICS bags are produced in Kano by a
                  company – Lela Agro that was already
                  producing ...
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
Research Components

•  Effectiveness of storage in farmers’
   conditions
  – Quality indicators (Germination rates, hole...
Activities for 2009/10 in Nigeria
•  Explore and formalize partnerships (Progreen, ADPs, WDI, other
IITA projects).

•  Co...
Lessons from pilot phase (2008)
           in Nigeria




     International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut ...
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
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  1. 1. Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage Project Activities International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  2. 2. Outline •  Background •  Project Vision •  Project Approach –  rainings T –  ensitization S –  emonstrations D –  pen the bags ceremonies O •  PICSproject Activities –  Nigeria as example International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  3. 3. Cowpeas are very susceptible to post harvest storage damage International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  4. 4. Price of Cowpea per Period October/November May/June International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  5. 5. Price of Cowpea and Quality International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  6. 6. The Solution with PICS •  Hermetic storage has been proven to be very effective - PICS triple bags are currently an available and cost effective option •  Farmers will use the PICS storage bags for cowpea when: – They know how the technology works and how to use the triple bags (demonstrations) – They can obtain the triple layer PICS bags for storage (network for selling PICS bags) International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  7. 7. Specifications of the Bags (Polyethylene high density) •  Inside Bags – 2 bags PEHD 70 X 137 cm X 80 µ •  Outside Bag – Woven Bag 70 X 135 cm for 100 kg of cowpea printed on 2 sides with PICS logos and logos of partners International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  8. 8. PICS Project Vision • To have 50% of cowpea in West and Central Africa stored with non- chemical hermetic methods by 2012 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  9. 9. PICS Approach •  PICS is a Purdue University (USA) and its partners project funded by BMGF •  It is a five years project (2007-2012) that will cover 10 African countries and 28000 villages •  Pilot phase started in 2007 in Niger and Burkina Faso (see maps) International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  10. 10. 2007 100 100 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  11. 11. 2008 5109 3000 100 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  12. 12. 2009 2000 10,000 943 1000 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  13. 13. 10 Countries 28,000 Villages 5 Years (2007 – 2012) 2000 5209 1951 1500 2724 10,000 2000 943 1000 1451 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  14. 14. PICS Approach •  Project has 3 main components: –  The technology dissemination (inform about the technology) –  Bags Value chain development (ensure availability of bags in communities) –  Research on effectiveness of bags, diffusion methods and impact (effectiveness of approach) •  In each country, 2 years of active interventions then follow up –  Year 1: Trainings, Demonstrations and bags sourcing –  Year 2: Focus on bags availability and surveys International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  15. 15. Picture of the bags International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  16. 16. Presenting the PICS bag to a village chief and other notables in Bunkure (Kano state) International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  17. 17. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  18. 18. Posters in English, French, Hausa, More and Bambara (so far) for merchants shops and extension offices – technicians have also fiche technique and training manual International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  19. 19. Demonstrations in villages with men and women farmers In Kano, Nigeria International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  20. 20. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  21. 21. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  22. 22. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  23. 23. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  24. 24. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  25. 25. PICS/IITA female technician during a demonstration in Kwa village (Kano state) International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  26. 26. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  27. 27. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  28. 28. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  29. 29. Average Attendance per demonstration in each state International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  30. 30. Attendance at village Demonstrations in each state in 2008 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  31. 31. PICS Partners •  Lead partners per country: –  IITA: Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Cameroon. –  World Vision: Niger, Mali, Ghana and Senegal –  INERA: Burkina Faso –  Ministry of Agriculture: Chad? (details are still being worked out) •  Many other partners in each country (extension services, NGOs, research institutions, Local governments etc…) •  In addition, each country has a business consultant in charge of bags value chain development •  Research is handled by NARS (INERA, INRAN, IER, BUK etc…, IITA and Purdue University). International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  32. 32. •  PICS bags are produced in Kano by a company – Lela Agro that was already producing bags. •  1 major dealer in each state (and Abuja) with his/her own network for distribution DISTRIBUTION OF BAGS •  Each extension agent will also have some in Nigeria in bags for sale 2009/10 •  Also Dealers are asked to attend demonstrations (through representatives) and their names and contacts are announced after the sessions. •  The producing company (Lela Agro) is doing radio advertisements for the bags with names of each delaer per state. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  33. 33. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  34. 34. Research Components •  Effectiveness of storage in farmers’ conditions – Quality indicators (Germination rates, holes) •  Is PICS approach effective in disseminating technology (Role of radio messages and other information channels) •  Impact assessment in year 3 and 5 in all countries International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  35. 35. Activities for 2009/10 in Nigeria •  Explore and formalize partnerships (Progreen, ADPs, WDI, other IITA projects). •  Conduct field technicians training for 1000 EAs –  dditional women technicians selected and trained to A meet gender targets • Awareness campaign (Radio and visits to communities) •  Conduct demonstrations in 10000 villages in 20 states – Demonstrations have just started and will continue until January 2010 •  Follow up visits •  Open the bags ceremonies •  Collect data according to forms for Monitoring and evaluation International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  36. 36. Lessons from pilot phase (2008) in Nigeria International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org
  37. 37. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Institut international d’agriculture tropicale – www.iita.org

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