Project Details

Food legumes for enhanced food and nutritional security, systems productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia and Uganda

Duration: 01/Jul/2015 - 30/Jun/2018

Locations: Eastern and Southern Africa / Ethiopia / Uganda

Project contact: Dr N V P R Ganga Rao (

Donor: Government department -national- state or local,Austrian Development Agency (ADA)-Austria

CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes

Chickpea and pigeonpea are two important food legumes in Ethiopia and Uganda respectively because of their local consumption and huge demand in regional and international export markets. The project aims to increase incomes of smallholder farmers in North Gondar region of Ethiopia and Northern Uganda (Lango and Acholi sub regions) in chickpea and pigeonpea sub-sectors, respectively. The project will study existing market systems to understand the bottlenecks to interventions. Identification of trait-specific sources for marker trait associations for use in crop improvement, genetic enhancement through conventional breeding and use of markers, and need-based training of researchers, farmers, extension personnel and private seed industry to accelerate transfer of technologies for speeding up impact will be done. The project will develop and demonstrate cost-effective integrated seed system strategies. Special focus will be on linking farmers with high value niche markets. The project will be implemented by ICRISAT in partnership with EIAR, NZARDI and AIT, collaborating with key stakeholders such as farmers and farmer groups, NGOs, seed companies, pigeonpea and chickpea grain traders and farming communities.

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