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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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N2Africa revitalizes legume production in Nigeria

Within the Nigerian context, a revival of the groundnut pyramid era of the 1950s is the main idea that comes to mind from the objectives of the N2Africa project. Since 2009, the project has been taking proactive and practical steps away from theory and putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder groundnut, soybean, and cowpea farmers, by supporting soil agents such as rhizobium for improved yield. To achieve this, N2Africa advocates an integrated approach through the use of a combination…

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Soybean as “miracle crop” at ag fair in Malawi

In Malawi, IITA is promoting soybean as the next “miracle crop”, emphasizing its value for the wellbeing of smallscale farmers by integrating the crop in sustainable agricultural development and commercialization. At the 11th Malawi National Agricultural Fair, held 28─30 August in Blantyre, the IITA-Malawi exhibition showcased agricultural innovations, technologies, crops, and value-added products that the institute is promoting in the region. Among the most notable were the improved varieties of soybean and cassava, as well as recipes and the information…

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Higher income, healthier soil: Kenyan farmers capitalise on soybean

The value of soybean as a lucrative commercial crop and remedy for tired soils has been highlighted in a recent post by Farmbiz Africa. One thousand farmers from Mumias District in Western Kenya were first introduced to the leguminous crop by CIAT researchers carrying out soil analysis and soya trials in 2006. Since then, the farmers have turned it into a profitable income-earner and a source of nutrition for their nitrogen starved soils. As a result, some farmers are adopting…

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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 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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