Lentil Impacts

South Asia

Over the last 30 years South Asian lentil production has doubled, reaching 1.27 million tons. The increase is due equally to productivity growth and area expansion. The driving factor has been farmer adoption of short-duration, disease resistant varieties developed by ICARDA in partnership with India, Nepal, and Bangladesh (Aw-Hassan et al. 2009; Aw-Hassan et al. 2003). Annual economic gains are estimated at US$ 30 million in Bangladesh and US$ 42 million in Nepal. Impact is also reported in Ethiopia with a 150% increase in production and 73% increase in area under cultivation.


Aw-Hassan A, Regassa S, Islam Q and Sarker A. 2009. The impact of improvement research. The case of Bangladesh and Ethiopia. In: The Lentil. Botany Production and Uses (Erskine W, Muehlbauer F, Sarker A and Sharma B. eds.), Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Aw-Hassan A, Shideed K, Sarker A, Tutwiler R and Erskine W. 2003. Economic impact of international and national lentil improvement research in developing countries. Pages 275-291 in Crop variety improvement and its effect on productivity: The impact of international agricultural research (Evenson RE and Gollin D. eds.). CABI, Wallingford, UK. 522 pp.

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