Legume breeding and seed systems for improved livelihoods and impact uri icon


  • The Tropical Legumes III project aims to reduce food insecurityin drought-prone areas of Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) and SouthAsia (SA), through improved productivity and production offour major grain legumes ? chickpea, common bean, cowpeaand groundnut. This is being sone by conducting researchunder three complementary research and delivery pillars: supportfor the development and release of farmer-preferred varieties;strengthening of the legume breeding capacity of partnerCGIAR centers (ICRISAT, IITA and CIAT), and national partnersBurkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania andUganda; and establishment of sustainable seed delivery systemsthat service the needs of small-holderfarmers. Significantachievements have been recorded. Breeding program assessmentshave been completed in all countries and improvementplans developed for execution. New seed varieties (163) havebeen released and are fast replacing the old ruling seed varietiesin all target countries. Thirty seven national partners weretrained at MSc and PhD levels. As a result of the enhancedskills and knowledge of seed value chain actors, seed productionsignificantly increased by 221% (from 139,048 to 446,359tons) in seven years. Since 2007, improved varieties have beenadopted on at least 2 million hectares and more than $448million has been generated from the project funding and nearly$976 million from the project and investment partners. Foreach dollar invested, the project generated $9 with direct projectinvestment or $20 with partnership?s investment, and again $20when using adoption rate based estimate. These achievementsand implementation challenges will be discussed

publication date

  • 2017