The team from HarvestPlus lead by the Country Director Mr. Chijioke Ilona visited African Heritage Institution on 15th June 2017. The meeting was focused on the formal introduction of HarvestPlus to Enugu and how both parties can work together to ensuring food security in the area.
In his presentation, Mr. Chijioke Ilona stated that one of the reasons for the high mortality rate in the country is the consumption of food with low nutritional value. He argued that HarvestPlus started with the vision of improving the nutritional content of agricultural crops produced locally which form a major part of what is consumed through biofortification of the crops with vitamin A. Speaking on the reach of the organization, he mentioned that HarvestPlus has reached over 2 million farmers since 2013.
He went further to announce the Forthcoming Enugu Nutritious Food Fair coming up on 2nd - 4th November 2017. This event was highlighted as one of the opportunities for collaboration between African Heritage Institution and HarvestPlus.
The Executive Director, Prof. Ufo Okeke-Uzodike appreciated the team for coming and also suggested that an MOU between the two parties will be the way to go. He also mentioned that further meetings are necessary to achieve the desired objectives.