Reducing Rural Poverty

reducing rural poverty

Farmers both consume and sell grain legumes, so they benefit from both food and income gains. Grain legumes yield high-value grains (attracting 2-3 times higher prices than cereals), oil and high-value fresh pods, peas and leaves that attract top prices in urban and export markets. A wide range of food products are processed locally from these raw materials, creating remunerative employment, especially for poor women. The haulm (stem with leaves) and press-cake (grain residue after oil extraction) of grain legumes are valued as livestock feed; their high-protein content adds considerable nutritional value to cereal straw feeds, improving the health and productivity of the animals that the poor depend upon for draft power, milk, meat and money.

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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Grain Legumes