Victoria Dunmade

Ashoka Fellow
Ilorin, Kwara, Nigeria
Fellow Since 1990

Citation

This profile was prepared when Victoria Dunmade was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1990.
The New Idea
Victoria's idea is to introduce technologies and equipment for food processing that improve upon indigenous technologies, with consideration for women's special needs. Realizing the major role played by women in food production, Victoria is working to ensure that new technologies do not displace women, as has often been the case.

Victoria's Centre on Appropriate Technology for Food Processing by Rural Women in Nigeria is particularly concerned that rural women be made aware of and given the opportunity to benefit from women-appropriate technologies. This entails ensuring that the needs of women are taken into consideration in the development, and also the operation, maintenance, and management of appropriate technology. When this is the case, the women have a better chance of controlling the technology and the products and benefits derived from it.

Victoria's focus is on post-harvest handling of food, an area that has not been given much attention in Nigeria compared to other areas such as rural development, crop production, credit schemes, and cooperative actions for marketing and services.
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The Person

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