Project Details

An integrated global breeding and genomics approach to intensifying peanut production and quality

Duration: 26/Nov/2013 - 30/Jul/2017

Locations: Eastern and Southern Africa / Kenya / Tanzania / Malawi / Mozambique / Zambia / West and Central Africa / Burkina Faso / Uganda / Ghana

Project contact: Dr Patrick Okori (

Donor: Academic institute eg university or college,University of Georgia-USA

CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes

The project focuses on intensification of groundnut production and quality by developing and improving high-yielding varieties and culturally preferred cultivars. Biotic stresses will be addressed by developing new/or improving existing varieties with resistance to economically important pathogens and pests, while addressing primary abiotic stresses through continued and improved breeding for drought tolerance and avoidance, a trait that factors into mitigating aflatoxin contamination. The breeding program will also focus on value added traits, increased micronutrient density (Fe and Zn), high oil content, and large seeds. Outreach programs will be used to highlight technology transfer and the value of new cultivars. As advanced varieties become available, they will be distributed to PMIL target country collaborators for evaluation as well as to other developing countries requesting for the material. The outcome will result in the development and adoption of improved cultivars leading to increased yields and increased quality, translating to improved peanut value chains, increased food security, better nutritional and dietary traits and increased income throughout the target countries and other developing countries.

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