Ms Aasia Akbar is a woman on a mango mission. A food technologist researcher from the Institute of Food Management Sciences, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam-Pakistan, she has worked out how to use the whole mango to make a swathe of delicious products such as mango pickle, jam, jelly, slices and squash.
|Women at the training workshop|
Under the ASLP, Ms Akbar's know-how is being passed on to rural women in Sindh province to give them opportunities to improve their livelihoods. 30 rural women including housewives and smallholder farmers from different districts were selected for this activity.
The women were trained in the preparation of various products from fallen, unripe, semi-ripe and ripe mangoes. Many products were made from fruit or fruit parts that would otherwise be wasted.
This project has also assisted the women in product packaging and labeling, and marketing techniques.
By Dr Wendy Henderson (ACIAR Communications)
The Australia-Pakistan Agriculture Sector Linkages Program is a collaboration between many Australian and Pakistan institutions, funded by the Australian Government.