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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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Crop diversification with grain legumes improves resilience of cropping systems

Inter-cropping with grain legumes is one of the key strategies to improve productivity and sustainability of rain-fed agriculture in four Asian countries – India, Nepal, Laos and Vietnam. Through farmer-participatory field trials, the productive inter-cropping options identified to intensify and diversify rain-fed cropping systems in these regions were: Groundnut with maize in Laos, Nepal and Vietnam Pigeonpea with maize in Nepal Pigeonpea with soybean in Madhya Pradesh, India Some of the other initiatives being implemented are ridge planting systems; seed…

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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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Legume potential goes begging while the world goes hungry

Blog post by Dr Joyce Mulila-Mitti, Crops Officer, Crop Production and Protection, FAO Regional Office, Accra, Ghana The world continues to experience huge deficits in food needs both in terms of quality and quantity to feed the ever-growing population. The food gap in terms of quantity is particularly pronounced in developing countries where agricultural production and productivity gaps remain significantly higher than the global averages. This scenario is particularly true for Africa for most agricultural commodities. The food quality problem,…

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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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