Monday, 22 October 2007

Tropical Legumes Project

Legumes are the third largest family of plants, and many species among them are very nutritious and/or improve the quality of soil. However they haven’t so far received a great deal of attention to increase yields and help smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.


ICRISTAT, the International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics are conducting a research and development project to improve the productivity of legumes. This will be funded for three years by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and will act in partnership with the Program for African Seed Systems to ensure the availability of the seeds to African farmers.


Legumes are rich in protein and minerals and sometimes referred to as "poor man’s meat". They hold great promise for fighting hunger, increasing income and improving soil fertility.

Black eyed beans

The research is being carried out in 14 different countries in Africa, as well as in Asia.


  1. I am not a vegetarian but seldom eat red meat. Legumes and nuts are part of my nutrition!!
    Interesting post and facts.

  2. Thanks for sharing this very important project for mankind. I will combine this post with another major project: The Great River Partnership in a post I'll do on my blog during Wednesday, Oct 24. Your post is of courses linked.

    PS. Both projects have IT related sponsors

  3. Thanks mar, and Tor. I din't know that about the IT related sponsors - I must find out more.


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