Programme for Harnessing the True Potential of legumes : Economic and Knowledge Empowerment of Poor Farmers in rainfed Areas in Asia

Published on 20 April 2011

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Start Date: 17 October 2007 | End Date: 31 December 2011


The overall goal of the project is to improve the well being of rural poor in Asia through sustainable increases in agricultural productivity based on the wider adoption of grain legumes in rainfed cropping systems. The specific objectives of the new project are to:

1. Consolidate and out- and up-scale the gains achieved in IFAD TAG 532-ICRISAT with the required fine-tuning of farmer participatory research outputs for new areas, particularly those covered under the IFAD loan-financed projects

2. Develop seed production, storage and distribution systems to make small and marginal farmers self-reliant and self- sufficient for seed requirements of FPVs of food legumes.

3. Promote forward and backward market linkages and value addition in legumes at local level.

4. Popularize the FPRE approach among NARS, extension officials and farmers, and assess its institutional impact; and

5. Assess the impact of FPVs and integrated crop management technologies (ICM) of grain legumes in rainfed production system on the socio-economic conditions of farmers vis-àvis sustainable increased productivity, food and nutritional security and improved family well being

Legumes form an integral part of rainfed agriculture. Not only do they help in improving the soil fertility and its structure, they also provide food and nutritional security and diversified sources of income for poor farmers and valuable protein-rich fodder to livestock. Legumes bring stability and improvement to rainfed agriculture and to the livelihoods of poor farmers.



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