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Raising the profile of legumes – starting with seed systems in Eastern Africa

This news article was first published on PABRA News on 6 February 2015. “Grain legumes don’t get the attention or investment that they deserve”, so say more than 50 grain legume experts and value chain actors who gathered in Nairobi on 28 to 30 January 2015 – which is precisely why the UN has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (otherwise called grain legumes). But why exactly should legumes have a whole year dedicated solely to them? What are…

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Strengthening seed systems in grain legumes in Eastern and Southern Africa

Pigeonpea and chickpea, the two legumes grown widely in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) have experienced good production gains in the past two decades.  In Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda, which are major pigeonpea producers, the area (935,900 ha) and production (691,500 t) of pigeonpea has increased dramatically. Productivity, however, still hovers at 800 kg/ha, much lower than the realizable yield potential. Chickpea is grown on about 493,000 ha in the region, with Ethiopia and Tanzania taking away a…

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