CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes, Value for Money
CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food secure future
Value for Money
Theory of Change
Timelines and relationships between research results, products and outcomes is
Drought resistant cowpeas that include resistance to parasitic weeds
have been released in Tanzania and Burkina Faso. Improved shortduration and drought tolerant groundnut varieties were introduced
into 12 target countries.
Six kabuli chickpea and four lentil varieties, resistant to Ascochyta
blight and amenable to machine harvest have been released; the Desi
variety JG 14 yielded 30% higher than the control in on-farm tests.
Early maturing lentil varieties, one each in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and
India have been released for cultivation.
Heat-tolerant cultivar upscaling includes the establishment of village
seed hubs for quality assured seed distribution.
Breeder partnership for lentil in Bangladesh.
Photo: Shiv Kumar Agrawal, ICARDA
1. External factors have large consequences for the adoption of technologies, and this
is heterogeneous by location.
2. Data on the adoption of technologies is difficult to collect, as is the attribution of
behavioral change to specific causes within, or external to, the CRP.
Legumes provide high quality, protein rich food with
a uniquely low environmental impact. The dietary
benefits of major components of the seeds are
complemented by micronutrients and other bioactive
Legumes fetch good prices yet tend to be farmed on
the least productive land (which they enrich), and thus
they can benefit resource poor farmers. The CRP Grain
Legumes gathers researchers working on the major
legume crops of the developing world who can benefit
from the common biology and shared market systems.
This program represents a significant component of
the worlds research on these systems.
One ‘product line’ relates to the possibility of
developing varieties, agronomic practice, and market
systems that can replace those of rice fallow. This
would represent de novo productivity and has the
potential to reach in excess of 2 M ha in SSEA alone.
Adoption of short duration chickpea in
Andhra Pradesh, India. Photo: Pooran Gaur, ICRISAT
The gender strategy includes three main elements:
to identify targets with a gender specific outcome.
analyses the impact of gender on CRP outputs.
steps to attend to internal gender issues.
Science with a human face
Led by ICRISAT with CIAT, ICARDA and IITA in partnership with:
Generation Challenge Program (GCP)
Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA)
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
Turkish General Directorate of Agricultural Research (GDAR)
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Peanut and Mycotoxin
National agricultural research and extension systems in Africa, Asia and Latin America
National and international public and private sector research and development partners
Product Line Coordinators
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
PL1 - Drought & low-P tolerant common bean, cowpea & soybean
PL2 - Heat tolerant chickpea, common bean, faba bean and lentil
PL3 - Short-duration, drought tolerant & aflatoxin-free groundnut
PL4 - High N-fixing chickpea, common bean, faba bean &soybean
PL5 - Insect-smart chickpea, cowpea, & pigeonpea prod. systems
PL6 - Extra-early maturing chickpea and lentil varieties
PL7 - Herbicide tolerant machine-harvestable chickpea,
faba bean and lentil varieties
PL8 - Pigeonpea hybrid and management practices
Dr Steve Beebe (CIAT)
Dr Michel Ghanem (ICARDA)
Dr Patrick Okori (ICRISAT- Malawi)
Dr SK Chaturvedi (IIPR, Kanpur)
Dr Manuele Tamo (IITA)
Dr Shiv Kumar Argawal (ICARDA)
1. Comparative genomics in legumes is especially powerful because these diverged
within the last 55 million years and the gene content and order is very conservative.
Genome sequence data is available or being generated.
2. Legumes share features of agronomy (eg place in rotations).
3. Legume seed systems are similar, the seeds are typically quite large and
multiplication rates are low
Dr Chanda Goodrich
Dr Noel Ellis
Dr Pooran Gaur (ICRISAT - India)
Dr Rajeev Varshney (ICRISAT - India) firstname.lastname@example.org
and public and private
institutes and organizations,
governments, and farmers
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