N2Africa

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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Closing legume yield gaps

Blog post by Dr Ken Giller, N2Africa “To grow beans you have to own a cow” – Marie Therese Nyiransekuye, a farmer in Gakenke district, Kivuruga sector, Cyintare cell/village, Rwanda The breeders have produced some fantastic varieties of our major grain legumes. These have been improved in a wide range of traits, including increased grain yield, pest and disease resistances, taste and cookability, nutritional value through biofortification and environmental adaptation with particular focus on drought tolerance. A major reason for…

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Improved cowpea variety

Poor access to improved technologies hinders legume production in Africa

The productivity of legumes―which are important crops for improving nutrition as a cheap source of protein, increasing farmers’ incomes, and improving soil fertility as they fix nitrogen from the air into the soils―can be easily increased and even doubled with application of improved technologies. However, farmers are unable to access most of these technologies due to poorly developed supply chains, lack of access to credit, and inadequate policies. These are the challenges that the second phase of the multi-partnership project,…

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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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Grain Legumes

Grain Legumes is a partnership among four CGIAR Research Institutes: ICRISAT as lead center, CIAT, ICARDA and IITA, along with several public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers worldwide.

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