Expanding rice-lentil system in eastern Indian states

Together with its South Asian partners, ICARDA is pursuing the diversification of cereal-based production systems, adding legumes to the mix. In most of the project site of Morocco’s OCPF (Office Chérifien des Phosphates Foundation) and NFSM-P (National Food Security Mission – Pulses) in the eastern Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura, rice-fallow areas are now being cultivated with lentil and grasspea. This diversification strategy boosts national nutrition and food security, improves incomes and livelihoods in rural communities, and strengthens…

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Demekech, a lentil farmer in Ethiopia

New legume varieties fortify harvests and diets in Ethiopia

Demekech Tekleyohannes, an Ethiopian farmer from Gimbichu has seen her fair share of hard times.  Ten years ago, a new crop disease devastated her field and her only source of livelihood. “We had covered our fields with lentils, but within a short period of time it all got destroyed.” A new strain of rust disease had infested the lentil crops. The local variety of lentil seeds used by the farmers had little resistance to the new disease caused by unusual weather,…

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New high-yielding lentil variety ‘Idlib 5’ released

In Syria, the lentil crops suffer heavily from a soil borne disease called Fusarium wilt, which can cause as high as 72% yield losses in wilt-infested fields. For a successful lentil crop, farmers require a high yielding cultivar with wilt resistance and amenability to machine harvesting. Idlib 5 – a small seeded red lentil variety which is Fusarium wilt resistant and amenable to machine harvest – has recently been released in a meeting of the Syrian National Committee for the…

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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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Strengthening Ethiopia’s production of food legumes

In recognition of Ethiopia’s leading role as a producer of food legumes in East Africa, ICARDA’s Biodiversity and Integrated Gene Management Program (BIGM) recently held its annual review and planning meeting in Addis Ababa to review progress made over the previous year and plan for the future. Ethiopia produces over 2.86 million metric tons, over a total area of 1.74 million hectares: faba bean, chickpea, grass pea, and lentil are all important crops within the crop-livestock production systems prevalent across…

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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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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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