| Flagship 4 in two sub-themes aims to help farmers have better access and capacity to engage with value chain stakeholders; and to accelerate and promote consumption of legumes for a nutrition-rich diet.
Markets are the source of income. Monitoring of seed distribution offers an estimate of area covered with new varieties. Nutritional impacts have their first indicator in data on consumption. Thus FP4 has a special significance in monitoring the success of the Program.
FP4 acts after the generation of useful varieties, minimizing postharvest losses (eg, from bruchid damage) while maintaining or exploiting market acceptability (eg, seed color and pattern in common bean and lentil) and also maintaining nutritional value (eg, micro-nutrient availability in coordination with Agriculture for Nutrition and Health) and taking advantage of processing opportunities such as the use of immature chickpea seeds for their nutritional and culinary value as well as their advantage as short duration crops.
All of these conditions must be met in association with an effective seed recognition, production, and distribution system with associated standards, and FP4 seeks to maintain or establish these systems and give farmers grounds for confidence in the distribution method.