A new project Food legumes for enhanced food and nutritional security, systems productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia and Uganda targeting chickpea in north Gondar region of Ethiopia and pigeonpea in northern Uganda was launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July.

The project supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) on Developing and disseminating farmer and market preferred varieties and best bet technologies; Collection and characterization of unique germplasm; Developing integrated seed systems and market value chains to improve farmers’ income. Ms Silvia Fluch and Ms Eva-Maria Sehr represented Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT); Dr NVPR Ganga Rao, Senior Scientist – Breeding (Grain Legumes), Dr Christopher Ojiewo, Senior Scientist – Legumes Breeding (ESA) and Dr Sabine Homann Kee Tui, Scientist, Markets, Institutions and Policies, represented ICRISAT at the meeting.

The project is implemented in partnership with Ethiopian Institute Of Agricultural Research, Gondar Agricultural Research Centre, AIT, Ngetta ZARDI-Lira and ICRISAT-ESA, Seed producers from North Gondar Region.This activity is undertaken as part of CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes.

Adapted from ICRISAT Happenings