Popularization of traditional processing of cowpea into Couscous (Beroua) in the West (Dogondoutchi) and Mid-South (Maradi and Zinder) of Niger

Amadou Issoufou, Samma Oumarou S., Gounga Mahamadou E., Hassane Mounkaila A., Saidou Abdoul-Aziz. 2020. Popularization of traditional processing of cowpea into Couscous (Beroua) in the West (Dogondoutchi) and Mid-South (Maradi and Zinder) of Niger. Asian Food Science Journal, 19 (1):AFSJ.62724 : pp. 10-16.

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Abstract : In Niger, there is a rich diversity of food processing sits from cowpea (Vigna unguiculata). Like most processed products, beroua or cowpea couscous is produced using artisanal processes. It is originated from the people of Arawa (Dogondoutchi). This transformation spread to the Maradi and Zinder regions, where studies have shown variability in the processing of cowpea grains into beroua. This study aimed to describe local knowledge around the different processes of processing cowpea into beroua through important areas of cowpea agricultural production in Niger, notably Dosso, Maradi and Zinder. The results show that beroua has been known for several years by local populations, its production and consumption are based on traditional knowledge and know-how. Cultural and technical exchanges between peoples transformed the beroua popular quickly. The beroua, through marketing and various exhibitions, has contributed to the popularization of Niger's traditional dishes both at national and international level.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Niébé, Vigna unguiculata, Traitement des aliments

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Niger

Mots-clés complémentaires : Couscous, alimentation traditionnelle

Mots-clés libres : Cowpea, Food processing, Sahel, CowpeaSquare

Classification Agris : Q02 - Food processing and preservation
S01 - Human nutrition - General aspects

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 3 (2019-) - Systèmes alimentaires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Amadou Issoufou, Université Dan Dicko Dankoulodo de Maradi (NER) - auteur correspondant
  • Samma Oumarou S., Boubacar Bâ University (NER)
  • Gounga Mahamadou E., Université Dan Dicko Dankoulodo de Maradi (NER)
  • Hassane Mounkaila A., Université Dan Dicko Dankoulodo de Maradi (NER)
  • Saidou Abdoul-Aziz, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-1215-6075

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