Work plans that aligned with country strategies; involved women and youth; recognized emerging partnerships; and built on lessons and synergies from Tropical Legumes I and II projects were released by the respective country teams at a workshop to mark the launch of the Tropical Legumes III (TL III) project.

Key project outcomes reflected in the work plans include:

  • Enabling policies for adoption and impact – especially narrowing the gender yield gap in legume systems
    by 20%.
  • Realizing productivity gains in groundnut, common bean and cowpea on an average of 10% over existing improved varieties and 20% over local varieties.
  • Realizing productivity gains in chickpea by 10% over
    local varieties in Ethiopia and 15% in Uttar Pradesh, India, where seeds of improved varieties have been released.
  • Increasing the quantity of improved seeds purchased by smallholder farmers, including women, by 10% annually in each country.
  • Improving effectiveness and efficiency of legume breeding programs and seed delivery systems of National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) partners.

The TL III project works on the premise that ‘efficient legume breeding and seed systems lead to increased productivity and income for smallholder farmers, especially women’. The project focuses on four legumes namely, groundnut, cowpea, common bean and chickpea in eight target countries: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and India. The draft work plans were further refined at the Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) workshop that followed the launch workshop.

TL III is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The work is undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes.

Adapted from ICRISAT Happenings