Monday, September 27, 2010

A Cowpea Story - Children's Book

In recognition of Senegal’s effort to improve childhood nutrition through the promotion of niébé, IITA’s Deputy Director General Lakshmi Menon presented the first edition of A Cowpea Story to Hon Mr Khadim Guèye, Minister of Agriculture, Senegal.

A Cowpea Story, an illustrative children’s book by Vicky Inniss-Palmer, tells the hopeful story of a cowpea named Catalina and her struggle to overcome illness and disease with the help of scientists. The book was officially launched at the opening of the 5th World Cowpea Conference. IITA hopes to distribute the book to schoolchildren across Africa as part of an effort to raise awareness and educate children on the importance of cowpea.

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