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Increasingly streamlined research delivers towards the Sustainable Development Goals: CGIAR Research Programs on Dryland Cereals and Grain Legumes

Hyderabad,  India (07 November 2016) ― Two global CGIAR research programs on legumes and dryland cereals are helping improve farmers’ productivity and consumption of 12 crops in sub-Saharan Africa, South and South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The programs along with national and international public and private partners have developed and released over 256 new legume varieties (chickpea, common bean, cowpea, faba bean, groundnut, lentil, pigeonpea and soybean) and 119 dryland cereal varieties (barley, finger millet, pearl millet and…

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The business of quick-cook beans

When it comes to transforming agriculture in Africa, the need to join forces with the private sector has surfaced again and again in recent times, notably at the Africa Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi last month. Transforming farming, and the business of agriculture, needs to be exactly that: a business. And achieving that, as noted by Simon Carter, Regional Director of the International Development Research Centre, will require partnerships. “Partnerships are at the center of what we do,” he said,…

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The project launch meeting at ICRISAT headquarters. Photo: PS Rao, ICRISAT

Genomics project on groundnut aflatoxin research launched

            To identify the genomic regions and genes associated with aflatoxin resistance in groundnut using a combination of genomics approaches, a new research project was launched. Aflatoxins are among the most potent mycotoxins, carcinogenic and teratogenic compounds.  Groundnut and maize are the most susceptible to aflatoxin contamination. One of the main objectives of the new project is to validate the identified genes and develop diagnostic markers so that they can be deployed in molecular breeding…

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Uganda’s rural women find beans to beat climate

This blog was first published in CIAT Blog on 13 October 2016. Sunny Mbeeta Abwooli knows how to whip up a delicious meal, especially when it involves one of her favorite ingredients: beans. “We have many varieties of beans,” says Sunny, pointing to a colorful basket of different bean types. “They are different in color, taste; how they grow. They are all important in my home because they’re easy to grow; to keep during times when food is scarce –…

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Upcoming publication: Innovations in Dryland Agriculture

Editors: Farooq, Muhammad, Siddique, Kadambot (Eds.)  Written by experts in the fieldPresents innovations in dryland agriculture researchFocuses on sustainable and profitable food production systems in drylands In this book leading scientists in the field describe the basic principles of dryland agriculture, and synthesize recent experiences and innovations in dryland agriculture research and development. It is a ready reference on the subject and reinforces the understanding for its utilization to develop environmentally sustainable and profitable food production systems. Various elements of…

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Next Generation Functional Genomics for Advanced Breeding Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals

Pooja Bhatnagar-Mathur and K.K. Sharma ICRISAT-Patancheru, India Lead author email: p.bhatnagar@cgiar.org In post-genomic era, enormous amount of genomic information is available as a result of high-throughput sequencing technologies making it possible to sequence not only one genome but several hundred or thousands of germplasm accessions. Nevertheless deciphering gene function and connecting genotype to phenotype become primary challenges in utilizing these resources. To organize and re-cast the overwhelming physical details of natural biology (gene sequences, protein properties, biological systems), next iteration…

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Gender research integration into Grain Legumes Research 2014–2016

Esther Njuguna1; Takuji Tsusaka1; Enid Katungi2; Theresa Gondwe3; Padmaja Ravula4 1ICRISAT, Kenya; 2CIAT, Uganda; 3IITA, Zambia; 4ICRISAT, India Gender integration in grain legume research focused majorly on the operationalization of the gender strategy, developed and approved in 2013 The CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes capacities for gender research were enhanced through multiple pathways: hiring a scientist, a scientific officer, allocating sufficient resources to support gender, training workshops for product line teams of social and biological scientists on gender integration…

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Pigeonpea hybrid and management practices

C V Sameer Kumar ICRISAT-Patancheru, India c.sameerkumar@cgiar.org                                             This product line aims towards development and expands adoption of high yielding pigeonpea hybrids and varieties by small and marginal farmers across the globe. With the recent release of a good number of varieties and hybrids, it is expected to increase the net returns form the unit area by the cultivation of pigeonpea crop. Further researchers are being trained on new genomic tools and hybrid breeding approaches by imparting training and supply elite…

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Herbicide-tolerant, machine-harvestable chickpea, faba bean and lentil varieties

Pooran M Gaur1; Srinivasan Samineni1; Shiv Kumar2 and Fouad Maalouf3 1ICRISAT-Patancheru, India; 2ICARDA-Rabat, Morocco; 3ICARDA-Terbol Station, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon P.Gaur@cgiar.org This product line aims at developing and making available to farmers machine harvestable and herbicide tolerant chickpea, lentil and faba bean varieties that are expected to reduce cost of cultivation through labor saving, enhance income of farmers, and reduce drudgery on farm women who are largely involved in manual harvesting and weeding of these crops. Accelerated breeding efforts led to release…

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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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