On September 4, RCFFN hosted 6 participants from Morocco as part of Cigi's multi-part training program. Earlier this year Cigi began a five year, $6.4 million Morocco durum and pulse project funded by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. In partnership with the Institut de Formation de l’Industrie Meunière (IFIM) in Morocco, the project is providing multi-part training at Cigi and IFIM and will help develop markets for Canadian durum wheat and pulses in North African countries.The goal of the project is to train Moroccans, particularly women and young adults, further in their knowledge and technical expertise in pulse and durum.
This fall Cigi is hosting a 4 week program from September 2 - 27 on pulses and pulse food utilization for Morocco. As part of the pulse component of the project, the objectives are to demonstrate the benefits of growing pulses to the region as well as to work to develop value added food products for the Moroccan market which utilize pulses. Because of the group’s interest in learning more about pulse processing and food product development, they visited RCFFN to learn about the many applied research projects on pulses and pulse uses.
"The University of Manitoba is really the hub in Manitoba for pulse research, and we hope our group will benefit from research being done at RCFFN as well as to discuss ideas for product development of pulses in Morocco and how pulses can be considered a functional food," said Heather Maskus, Project Manager, Pulse Flour Milling & Food Applications at Gigi.