Improved health, food and nutritional security, environmental sustainability and income for smallholder farmers through increased legume productivity, production and consumption to combat poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation.
The CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes (Grain Legumes) is as a collaborative research program that focuses on improving eight priority grain legumes crops – chickpea, cowpea, common bean, faba bean, groundnut, lentil, pigeonpea and soybean – grown by poor smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Western Asia, North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to combat poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation.
The research program is underpinned through strategic partnerships, along with several public and private institutes and organizations, governments and farmers worldwide.
Research partners work with public and private institutes and organizations, governments and farmers in our target regions along the grain legume value chains to develop, adopt, disseminate and promote research for development that will improve:
- Production performance of grain legumes in distinct farming systems;
- Sales performance of grain legumes in diverse local, national and international markets;
- Dietary performance of grain legumes in all households; and
- Ecological performance of agriculture-food.
By working together, the Grain Legumes partners will:
- develop an integrated approach to legumes research for development in each region rather than isolated efforts;
- improve knowledge generation and sharing by learning comparison or contrast across target legume crops and systems in their distinctive regional settings; and
- share research-for-development facilities and expertise to increase operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Grain Legumes is a global partnership among four CGIAR Research Institutes: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) which is lead center, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), along with several public and private institutes and organizations, governments and farmers worldwide.