According to a 2018 report of National Bureau of Statistics titled The Nutrition And Health Situation of Nigeria, nearly half of the women of reproductive age (48.5%) are also anaemic. This means that nearly 1 in 2 women of child-bearing age in Nigeria are suffering from anaemia and it is mostly caused by IRON DEFICIENCY according to the source.
Bio-fortification of staple foods is a cost-effective, economical and sustainable solution as prescribed by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information using technology.
HERPY & HIMPACT Foods addresses the challenge by tackling the leading unresolved cause of Anemia which is Iron Deficiency with a healthy Cowpea/Beans that is low in cost and nourishing in iron with higher absorption. It is made using bio-fortification process. Harnessing the power of technology for mass production to save time and energy, introducing an innovative business model and making online purchase of iron-biofortified cowpea possible, we are working to manufacture a novel breed of cowpea with Plant Breeding & Genetics Unit of Obafemi Awolowo University that would be low in cost, very fast in cooking time and have other characteristics that are highly cherished by consumers, providing up to 80% of a woman's daily iron need and more for children, with higher absorption. It sells for $1 per 1.2kg.