A.3 Dr Festus Numfor

A.3 Dr Festus Numfor

Project description

Dr Numfor’s research is aimed at contributing to the reduction of post-harvest losses in Cameroon, estimated at 20-40 percent. As such, the research focuses on starch structure and modifications for possible use to improve on traditional food technologies, product development for added value and food processing for increased nutritional value. Our collaborators include Drs Eyabi and Ehabe of the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD) in Cameroon, Professor Carl Mbofung of the University of Bamenda, Dr. Abia of the University of Johannesburg, Professor Walter, Jr. of North Carolina State University, USA and others.

Sample publications
 Ehabe, EE., GD. EyabiEyabi, and F.A. Numfor, FA (2OO5).  Effect of sugar and NaCl soaking treatments on the quality of sweet banana figs.Journal of Food Engineering, www.sciencedirect.com

Numfor, FA, EE Ehabe and GD EyabiEyabi (2005). Effect of sweet banana-fish mixture supplementation on the physico-chemical characteristics and organoleptic quality of biscuits.
Cameroon Journal of Agricultural Science Vol. 1 No. 1, 1-4.

Abia, WA, Numfor , FA, Wanji, S and Tchuenteu, F. 2007. Energy and nutrient contents of “waterfufu and eru”. African Journal of Food Science Vol. 1 No.2, pp 16.

Dr. Eugene Nwanosike’s Research Project

Title: Women’s Petty Trading Ventures and other Micro-Enterprises:
Towards a Grounded Theory
Research question:
The question to be addressed in this study is: “What is the main concern of participants in petty trading ventures and other micro-enterprises; what properties of what core variable explain the resolving behavior and how are they related as explanatory hypothesis?”

Research method:
This study will utilize Glaser’s Classic grounded theory research methodology; an inductive approach that calls for emphasis on the experience of participants.  The goal of grounded theory is to generate a theory that accounts for the patterns of behavior which are relevant and problematic for the participants.
Expected benefit:
This study will increase understanding on gender and development, and generate data with which to begin a process of curriculum improvement and training in development research in CCU.

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