Partnerships in Action


Grain Legumes believes that partnerships are most effective when formed around joint actions, such as topically (and often geographically) oriented projects. Nearly all of Grain Legumes’ work is therefore packaged as projects. Collectively this project portfolio integrates to deliver the overall Program’s committed outputs.

In addition to research-for-development, projects include line items for capacity-building, communications and other activities crucial to the achievement of the agreed targets.


Grain Legumes also believes that capacity-building is most effective in the context of particular project targets. Learning-by-doing in joint projects is enabling theory to be put into practice; learners gain hands-on skills, a sense of achievement when project targets are reached, and experience that builds confidence for further application of the learning.


Similarly, communications are being organically connected to project results. In many research-for-development activities, information and knowledge are the main outputs. Their greatest value and impact is achieved when they are effectively shared with all who could apply them usefully. ICRISAT’s Open Access Repository for scientific publications is a good example, bringing a vast collection of hard-to-find knowledge resources under one roof for easy online access, while easing intellectual property rights hindrances.


Partnerships for action must result in impacts that benefit the intended users, if they are to be considered as successful. Grain Legumes’ strategy and framework for translating research-for-development into impact, including the role of action partnerships, is explained on the Impact Pathways page.

Value chain partnerships

Value chains provide the framework for an increasingly important form of action partnership. Because they are a relatively recent innovation and play an important role in Grain Legumes, they are described in more depth at this page.

Grain Legumes

Grain Legumes is a partnership among four CGIAR Research Institutes: ICRISAT as lead center, CIAT, ICARDA and IITA, along with several public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers worldwide.

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