In wrapping up 2023, a HortiNigeria delegation, spearheaded by Program Director Mohammed Salasi Idris, visited the World Vegetable Center in Benin on December 18 as a way of continuing to forge strong ties with key players in the vegetable sector to advance food and nutrition security.

This visit aimed to foster joint learning and the sharing of information and technology between HortiNigeria and the World Vegetable Center, an institution known for its innovative research in vegetable production.

The encounter provided an avenue for exchanging advanced techniques and practices applicable in Nigeria.

A group photo with the HortiNigeria team and World Vegetable Center experts.
Hortinigeria and the World Vegetable Center come together to share beneficial information and technologies to transform the Nigerian vegetable sector.

In-depth dialogues between the HortiNigeria team and the center’s experts focused on collaborative information-sharing opportunities, aiming to significantly benefit Nigerian local communities. By exchanging lessons learned, the programs can optimize resources, steering clear of previous mistakes.

As a result of the conversations held, HortiNigeria gained valuable insights and technological advancements for its vision of a sustainable and inclusive Nigerian vegetable sector. The visit to the World Vegetable Center stands as a pivotal moment in HortiNigeria’s ongoing pursuit to transform the vegetable sector, laying the foundation for a sustainable and prosperous future for Nigerian farmers.

HortiNigeria (2021-2025) is implemented through a consortium led by IFDC that includes East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer (EWS-KT)Wageningen University and Research (WUR), and KIT Royal Tropical Institute and is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria.