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Faba bean (green) and barley (partially harvested) planted on a highly degraded landscape Photo: ICARDA

A new faba bean variety replenishes soils and raises hope in Ethiopia

Farmers in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia are among the largest faba bean producers, but have all but lost hope in the crop. Ethiopian faba bean production was abandoned for over a decade due to low productivity as a result of disease and natural resource degradation. Farmers by dropping the crop from farming systems, were forced to fallow the land in order to maintain soil fertility for barley production. However, in North Shewa, farming communities see hope in the latest…

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New Publication: Grain Legumes Production, Consumption and Trade Trends in Developing Countries

Click to download the Publication Authors: Nedumaran S, Abinaya P, Jyosthnaa P, Shraavya B, Rao P and Bantilan C Published: 2015. Working Paper Series No. 60. ICRISAT, Patancheru, Telangana, India. Summary and Conclusion Grain legumes are important as it is a source of income and nutrition to billions of smallholder farmers and consumers around the world, especially in developing countries. The main objective of this report is to examine the global and regional trends in area under cultivation, production, yield,…

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The beans are known as “white gold” because of the high income they fetch.

International partnerships impacting grain legume culture in Ethiopia

Blog post by Dr Asnake Fikre, Director, Crops Research, EIAR 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. Legumes are major source of income, nutrient, farm fertilization and farming system sustainability to about 8.5 million (~70% of…

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Seed sorting of lentil by women

Reviewing the performance of wheat and legume varieties in Tunisia

A ‘travelling workshop’ in Tunisia recently visited on-farm demonstration sites of an ICARDA-managed initiative to strengthen the performance of wheat-legume production systems across North Africa and West Asia. Funded by the European Union and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the project is introducing a package of technologies, interventions and improved high-yielding varieties of food legumes and wheat. The workshop brought together farmers, Ministry of Agriculture officials and scientists from national research institutions to observe the progress of crop…

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Faba bean (green) and barley (partially harvested) planted on a highly degraded landscape Photo ICARDA

Grain Legumes – triple benefits for farmers, nutrition and soil fertility

Food legumes bring multiple benefits to smallholder communities –better nutrition, the prospect of new income streams, and increased soil fertility when rotated with wheat or barley. Through its research program, ICARDA is a catalyst for promoting improved varieties of legumes and their wider use in many countries over the past two decades. This report highlights recent results in ICARDA legumes research in Morocco. A key element of this work is the center’s expertise and science provided to the CGIAR Research…

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Scientists, extension workers, and farmers visiting demonstration plot of faba bean improved varieties. Credit: ICARDA

New faba bean germplasm for reclaiming traditional areas in the Middle Egypt

Middle Egypt was a major faba bean growing region in North Africa before the invasion of the deadly Faba Bean Necrotic Yellow Virus (FBNYV). In the year 1992, NARS partners of Egypt in collaboration with ICARDA initiated a major effort to develop an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) module, which includes short duration varieties adapted to low latitudes, delayed planting and proper seed dressing with efficient insecticide against virus. These promising lines can be planted late and thus able to escape…

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Heat-tolerant legume varieties prosper in Sudan

Trials of heat-tolerant food legumes are demonstrating significant potential in Sudan, where ICARDA scientists are conducting on-farm demonstrations of faba beans, lentils, and chickpea varieties. Introduced alongside a package of interventions – including irrigation, integrated pest management, and Rhizobia inoculation – the varieties have doubled the yields that Sudanese farmers normally receive. In the case of improved chickpea, for instance, the varieties are generating an average yield of 3.5 tons per hectare These trials are being conducted as part of…

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Enabling African smallholder farmers to benefit from symbiotic nitrogen fixation

Ways and means to increase the biological nitrogen fixation and productivity of grain legumes to contribute in enhancing soil fertility, improve household nutrition, and increase cash income of smallholder farmers in Africa were explored at the inception workshop of N2Africa-Ethiopian Program. The workshop was held on 27-28 February, at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) campus in Ethiopia. N2Africa is a science-based ‘research-in-development’ project focusing on putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers growing legume crops in Africa.  Chickpea,…

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