Increasing Cowpea value chain sustainability in West Africa through product and process innovation

  • 21st September 2018
  • by secretary

18 September 2018. Gent, Belgium. Tropentag

Video interview with Yann E. Madode – with his CIRAD partner of the ICOWPEA project (Increasing Cowpea value chain sustainability in West Africa through product and process innovation) (Yann is also related to the Benin/Soy consortium)

  • 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.

  • CIRAD Logo

    French agricultural research and international cooperation organization working for the sustainable development. CIRAD ensures the general coordination of ICOWPEA.
  • FSA logo

    Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the University of Abomey-Calavi (FSA-UAC), Abomey-Calavi, Benin
  • IRD logo

    Research Institute for Development (IRD)/ NutriPass Unit, Montpellier, France
  • MSA logo

    Montpellier SupAgro – Institute for Higher Education in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Agri-Food Sciences, Montpellier, France
  • Gaz dryers at the ALITECH company  (© R. Kumako, Cirad)

    ALITECH Industries entreprise, Cotonou, Benin, and other small businesses