18 September 2018. Gent, Belgium. Tropentag
- Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata), also called black eyed pea, is a legume seed which is extensively cultivated and consumed in sub-Saharan Africa. It has a very interesting nutritional potential since it is rich in vitamins, proteins and fibres.
- In Benin, this legume seed is used in many traditional dishes that are appreciated by the consumers: abobo (stew), ata (fritters), moin-moin, adowè (puree), ataclè…
- Nevertheless, cowpea has two major disadvantages: it contains important quantities of antinutritional factors that induce digestive disorders and it needs a long soaking-cooking time which causes important micronutrient losses (including vitamins).
- Using a transdisciplinary approach, ICOWPEA project (2017-2019), aims at developing technological solutions through an innovation platform that facilitate the launch of cowpea-based innovative products having a high nutritional value and meeting local demand.
Through its research activities, ICOWPEA project aims:
- Increasing cowpea consumption in Cotonou through the improvement of processing conditions and the development of cowpea-based products of high nutritional value.
- Co-building sustainable product-process innovation in close collaboration with local cowpea processors and small food businesses through participative research.
- Contributing to food security in urban context through the development of cowpea-based products having both high nutritional and organoleptic values.
The different project partners and associated are already, for the most part, long-standing partners who collaborated on different projects.
- French agricultural research and international cooperation organization working for the sustainable development. CIRAD ensures the general coordination of ICOWPEA.
- Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the University of Abomey-Calavi (FSA-UAC), Abomey-Calavi, Benin
- Research Institute for Development (IRD)/ NutriPass Unit, Montpellier, France
- Montpellier SupAgro – Institute for Higher Education in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Agri-Food Sciences, Montpellier, France
- ALITECH Industries entreprise, Cotonou, Benin, and other small businesses
Source: PAEPARD FEED