Factors influencing legume productivity and production and more effective exchanges of information across farming communities and researchers under south-south collaboration were the subjects of deliberation during the Office Chérifien des Phosphates Foundation (OCPF) India-Morocco Food Legumes Initiative (IMFLI) Project Progress Review and Planning Meeting.

Project collaborators from ICRISAT, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Area (ICARDA), MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), and other Moroccan partners took part in the meeting held at the ICRISAT headquarters on 27-28 January. Highlighted during the meeting was the need for partners to reach areas beyond project locations to serve more farmers in the region.

The India-Morocco Food Legumes Initiative covers nine legumes in India (chickpea, pigeonpea, groundnut, lentil, greengram, blackgram, fababean, drypea and grasspea) across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tripura, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Madhya Pradesh. ICRISAT is working on chickpea and pigeonpea crop in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, and the institute’s progress in taking new varieties of these crops to farmers’ fields in a big way was recognized at the meeting.

IMFLI team inspecting a pigeonpea research farm at Tandur, Andhra Pradesh. Photo: ICRISAT

IMFLI team inspecting a pigeonpea research farm at Tandur, Andhra Pradesh. Photo: ICRISAT

The OCPF was represented at the meeting by Dr Abderrahmane Lyamani, Director, Agricultural Development Program; Mrs Hassina Moukhariq and Mr Imadeddine Rouini, Project Managers, Agricultural Development Program; and Dr SA Patil, Advisor of OCPF in India.

ICRISAT representatives included: Dr HC Sharma who chaired the inaugural session; Dr GV Ranga Rao who gave an overview of ICRISAT’s progress on the project; and Dr Ch Ravinder Reddy, who presented the progress made in establishing integrated seed system models for chickpea and pigeonpea and project coordination and monitoring methods in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Representatives of partner organizations were: Dr D Vishnuvardhan Reddy , Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) in Palem; and Dr KP Viswanatha, University of Agriculture Sciences (UAS), Raichur.

The meeting was followed by a traveling workshop to project locations in Andhra Pradesh (Kodangal, in cooperation with RARS, Palem), Karnataka (with UAS Raichur), West Bengal (with Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya), and Tripura (with the State Department of Agriculture).

The activity was undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes.

Adapted from ICRISAT Happenings