Lead Point (Blogs)

Dr William D DarNutrient-efficient, resilient and sustainable legumes for prosperity in the drylands
Dr William D. Dar, Director General, ICRISAT
[Posted on June 17, 2014]
The CGIAR Research Programs are a new way of doing things that links institutes and partners throughout the world for a shared and interdisciplinary mission. ICRISAT has taken the responsibility for leading two of these programs… Read more


Dr Kadambot SiddiqueFood legume future
Professor Kadambot Siddique, The University of Western Australia
[Posted on June 30, 2014]
There is an increasing awareness of the importance of food legumes for human, animal and soil health. However the adoption of new cultivars and improved production technologies for food legume crops…Read more


Dr Robin BurucharaThe promise of beans in the fight against malnutrition
Robin Buruchara, Regional Director for Africa, CIAT

[Posted on August 16, 2014]
The idea that agriculture must not only feed us enough, it must also feed us well, has gained much traction on the development and research agenda in recent years. One of those crops is the common bean.Led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the CIAT-coordinated Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), research into common bean improvement is underway in 29 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa….Read more


Dr AsnakeInternational partnerships impacting grain legume culture in Ethiopia
Dr Asnake Fikre, Director, Crops Research, EIAR

[Posted on September 17, 2014]
The legume industry in Ethiopia is significantly and increasingly influencing the agricultural system. Now with an area of some 1.8 million ha and production volume more than 2.7 million MT annually it contributes significant volume globally. The national pulse average reached about 1.5t/ha from less than a ton, a decade ago…Read more


Dr BlummelHigh haulm biomass and palatability for livestock feed add value to grain legumes
Dr Michael Blummel, Flagship Leader – Feeds and Forages, ILRI

[Posted on November 3, 2014]
Of the many virtues of grain legumes, one is little recognized. Visitors to the livestock fodder markets of West Africa are always surprised to see groundnut and cowpea haulms (stalks and stems of legume plants) sold at prices that exceed that of cereal grains …Read more


Dr Ken GillerClosing legume yield gaps
Dr Ken Giller, N2Africa

[Posted on December 8, 2014]
The breeders have produced some fantastic varieties of our major grain legumes. These have been improved in a wide range of traits, including increased grain yield, pest and disease resistances, taste and cookability, nutritional value through biofortification and environmental adaptation with particular focus on drought tolerance….Read more


Dr JoyceLegume potential goes begging while the world goes hungry
Blog post by Dr Joyce Mulila-Mitti, Crops Officer, Crop Production and Protection, FAO Regional Office, Accra, Ghana
[Posted on December 31, 2014]
The world continues to experience huge deficits in food needs both in terms of quality and quantity to feed the ever-growing population. The food gap in terms of quantity is particularly pronounced in developing countries where agricultural production and productivity gaps remain significantly higher than the global averages. This scenario is particularly true for Africa for most agricultural commodities….Read more


Dr RadhakrishnanHigh-oil and high-oleate groundnuts to meet the growing demand in India
[Posted on July 2, 2015]
Dr Radhakrishnan, Director, ICAR-Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh, Gujarat, India

Globally, India is the second largest importer of vegetable oils after China. Further, vegetable oil imports are on rise, to meet the growing domestic consumption in the country… Read more


Bunyamin Taran.Farmer driven research reaping benefits in Saskatchewan, Cananda
[Posted on September 24, 2015]
Bunyamin Tar’an, Crop Development Centre/Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan

The pulse industry has been outstanding across Saskatchewan and western Canada for many years. Saskatchewan’s pulse industry started in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Pulses were introduced as part of the cereal-based cropping system… Read more


Dr Veer JayalakshmiMachine-harvestable chickpea varieties for a self-sufficient, food and nutrition secure India
[Posted on July 2, 2015]
Dr Veera Jayalakshmi, Principal Scientist (Chickpea Breeding), Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University

The pulse industry has been outstanding across Saskatchewan and western Canada for many years. Saskatchewan’s pulse industry started in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Pulses were introduced as part of the cereal-based cropping system…. Read more

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