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Participants witness the huge impact of improved agri-technologies on farmers and stakeholders along Ethiopian legume value chain

A field trip organized for the participants of the CGIAR Science Forum 2016 provided them an overview of how the legume commodity value chain operates in Ethiopia and how partners of Grain Legumes work together to link smallholder farmers with marketing channels so that even the small and marginalized participants benefit. The visitors got an opportunity to see for themselves the positive transformation in the lives of the beneficiaries of the Tropical Legumes projects and the work that is being…

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Training on management of pests and diseases affecting chickpea

A series of capacity building programs were held as part of the newly-sanctioned four-year project ‘Promotion of improved chickpea varieties in rice-based cropping system of smallholder farmers in the Indian state of Odisha’. The objective of the project, which started in October 2014, is to introduce drought-resistant chickpea lines in the rice-fallow cropping system where irrigation is not possible. The emphasis is on seed production and delivery systems. Four training programs to educate farmers on cultural management against pests and…

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Developing climate-resilient chickpea based on genetic potential of natural populations

The University of California (UC), Davis, and ICRISAT will work together on developing climate resilient chickpea from germplasm that includes cultivated chickpea introgressed with the wild ancestor of chickpea (Cicer reticulatum) from unique, diverse, and recent collections in Turkey. ICRISAT will phenotype a range of chickpea materials for climate resilience using specialized phenotyping platforms (LeasyScan and LysiField). Both revIL lines and advanced backcross material will be phenotyped for climate resilience. In the first phase, using a representative set of genotypes…

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A leap forward for South Asia

Rice farmers in the villages of West Bengal in India and Bangladesh are opening a new path for South Asian countries to reduce their dependence on foreign lentils – South Asians are the largest consumers of lentils in the world. These farmers are growing lentils in their fields left fallow after rice harvests with the help of an agricultural research and training project. A team of ICARDA scientists took a delegation from India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan on a…

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Towards using new tools for improving food legumes

The need for utilizing new tools to address drought management, herbicide tolerance, marker assisted selection (MAS) to assist overall crop improvement, inclusion of groundnut and initiating a research student exchange program were some of the plans discussed for Phase II of the project under the Morocco-India Food Legumes Initiative (MIFLI). The need to enhance south-south collaboration among Moroccan institutes and ICRISAT-Africa was emphasized by Dr Rajeev Varshney, Research Program Director Grain Legumes and Director, Centre of Excellence in Genomics (CEG),…

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Grain legume breeding and degraded environments

Blog post by Dr Fred Muehlbauer, Professor (retired), USDA-ARS Grain Legume Genetics and Physiology Research Unit, Washington State University Environmental degradation has been a developing problem in crop production and a challenge to plant breeders. With warmer and drier climates, abiotic stresses reduce yields and add to difficulties in breeding varieties adapted to increasingly stressful environments. This challenge brings to mind a discussion I had as a beginning pulse crop breeder. The discussion centered on the statistical fact that yields…

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New chickpea variety a ‘game-changer’ for Iran’s highland farmers

Farmers across the highlands of Iran who rely on chickpea production face a number of constraints during the cold winter months, including extreme cold, ascochyta blight, and weed infestation. Yields suffer and many opt instead to plant in the spring and avoid crop failure. In collaboration with Iran’s Agricultural Research Education and Extension organization (AREEO), ICARDA has released a new variety of high-yielding winter chickpea, which is tolerant of cold temperatures and resistant to ascochyta blight. The variety – named…

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