Mushroom farming to uplift livelihoods

01 Nov 2017 07:40am
WINDHOEK, 01 NOV (NAMPA) – The University of Namibia’s (UNAM) Zero Emissions Research Initiative (ZERI) is hosting a four-day course on mushroom cultivation to promote food security and human health.
The training is offered by the university’s Multidisciplinary Research Centre and benefits entrepreneurs, youth, women and researchers of science and technology and agricultural institutions within the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) network of eight southern African countries.
Speaking at the official opening of the training here on Tuesday, UNAM Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development, Professor Kenneth Matengu said women and the less fortunate will benefit through the learning technologies involved in mushroom farming.
Matengu said mushrooms can be processed into high value export products, which presents opportunities for income generation.
“Children under five years old will benefit from the nutritious, high protein, vita-rich and micro nutrient-rich baby and infant food and other products which will be developed through the project,” he said.
SANBio is a New Partnership for Africa’s Development agency flagship for collaborative research, development and innovation which will through the production and consumption of edible and medicinal mushrooms encourage women and youth to become entrepreneurs in agri-business.
This will in turn empower communities to harness Africa’s biodiversity.