Empowering Congolese women: IITA participates in UN Women’s conference
As part of its interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), IITA participated in the 13th edition of “Café Genre” on women empowerment through the processing of local agricultural products. The United Nations Women organized the conference on 5 July in Kinshasa, with the National Minister of Gender, Family and Child, her Excellency Mrs Chantal Safu serving as Chair of the occasion.
IITA’s contribution centered on its technologies in the improvement of cassava processing. Cassava Processing Specialist Ir Simon Lukombo represented the Institute as he reminded the participants of IITA’s vision and objectives in addition to giving general information on cassava, such as its introduction to Africa by the Portuguese. Today, its adoption has spread to make it one of the most important food crops in Africa.