Integrated Innovations for Improving Legume Productivity, Market Linkages and Risk Management in Eastern and Southern Africa

Published on 2 July 2010

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Start Date: 14 November 2007 | End Date: 31 December 2010


The purpose of this project is to exploit underutilized opportunities for income growth and diversification of livelihoods for poverty reduction in semi-arid areas through integrated innovations in the legumes sub-sector in four countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi). The project aims to achieve this through a strategy focusing on five pillars addressing supply and demand side constraints in the legumes sub-sector:

  • Institutional innovations for improving markets and reducing transaction costs for small holder farmers
  • Market-preferred low-risk varieties and complementary management practices
  • Institutional innovations for improving access toand utilization of quality seeds of improved varieties and complementary inputs
  • Decision support tools for better targeting of improved varieties and management practices
  • Capacity strengthening for service providers and agro-enterprises to better utilize legume innovations

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