Program for harnessing the true potential of legumes: Economic and knowledge empowerment of poor farmers in rainfed areas in Asia
Duration: 17/Oct/2007 - 31/Dec/2011
Donor: Other international or regional organization,International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-Italy
CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes
The overall goal of the project is to improve the well-being of the rural poor in Asia through sustainable increases in agricultural productivity based on the wider adoption of grain legumes in rainfed cropping systems. Its specific objectives are to: consolidate and out- and up-scale the gains achieved in IFAD TAG 532-ICRISAT with the required fine-tuning of farmer participatory research outputs for new areas, particularly those covered under the IFAD loan-financed projects; develop seed production, storage and distribution systems to make small and marginal farmers self-reliant and self-sufficient for seed requirements of FPVs of food legumes; and promote forward and backward market linkages and value addition at the local level. This will help in bringing about stability and improvement to rainfed agriculture and to the livelihoods of poor farmers.