New publication on adoption and diffusion of short-duration chickpea technology

Publication: short-Duration Chickpea Technology: Enabling Legumes Revolution in Andhra Pradesh, India. Research Report No. 23 Authors: Cynthia Bantilan, Deevi Kumaracharyulu, Pooran Gaur, Moses Shyam Davala and Jeff Davis. Abstract: The study presents the success story of the adoption and diffusion of improved chickpea short duration varieties in southern India. New chickpea varieties adapted to warmer, short-season environments have brought increasing prosperity to southern India and is offering hope for farmers elsewhere in the semi-arid tropics. The direct welfare benefits accrued…

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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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Improved chickpea strengthens food security in Sudan

Chickpea is an important food legume crop in Sudan. It is important economically – as a cash crop that generates income for farmers and rural communities – and as a significant source of protein for poor people. Despite this, production fluctuates widely and farmers face a number of debilitating constraints: the widespread incidence of disease, the destructive activities of pests, parasitic weeds, and limited access to quality high-yielding cultivars. In response, a wheat-legumes project managed by ICARDA and funded by…

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International Conference on Chickpea for nutritional security in Ethiopia

In collaboration with international and National organization, the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) organized a workshop on Chickpea themed “Harnessing Chickpea Value chain for Nutrition Security and Commercialization of Smallholder Agriculture in Africa” from30th January to 1st February 2014 at Debre ziet, Ethiopia Ethiopia has emerged as a major exporter of chickpea in the African continent. Ethiopia has largest production area and volume among other African countries. During the past decade, production has doubled (160,000 t to 330, 000…

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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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