The participants representing ICRISAT, ICRAF, ICARDA, IITA, ILRI, CORAF, and NARS partners from Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Tanzania, Kenya, Bangladesh, Myanmar and India had a very productive brainstorming to agree on the title, scope and approach for the proposal under discussion. This proposal considers that the legumes have potential and are key to transform agri-food systems to achieve SDGs in SSA and SA contributing to:

  • Sustainable land management/ agricultural intensification/ healthy landscape (environment).
  • Alleviating malnutrition and achieving zero hunger (Sustainable diets).
  • Improved health and human well-being.

The efforts in the past have mostly been on enhancing yields and capturing export markets, which are highly risky and do not incentivize farmers in the medium to long term. Here the idea will be to integrate context specific legume crops, fodders and trees in agri-food systems context through harnessing their existing and potential internal demand. The focus will be on:

  • Harnessing existing feed and food demand.
  • Creating demand for nutrition (rural and urban) across regional value chains.
  • Change in consumption behaviour.
  • Competitively integrating legumes compared to alternative/existing crops into farming systems (yield and production cost).

Key research questions we seek to address are:

  • How the increased integration of legumes with cereals can viably supply fodder for livestock to meet a big existing demand meat?
  • How create increased internal demand (countries/region) to promote legume intensification?
  • How to reduce cost of production and risk through higher yield achievement and managing biotic and abiotic stresses?
  • What would be enabling institutions and policies?

The agri-food systems approach would focus on integrating legumes into farming systems and peoples’ diets utilizing GLDC technologies, improved cultivars, harnessing existing demand, developing regional value chains, cultural and social capital learning models and behaviour change communication for creating internal demand and policy and infrastructure interventions.

Major impact pathways

Collaborative partners and locations

Country/Countries from ESA, WCA, SA but also in others regions like NENA regions (depending on country priorities and donor’s interest). We develop a globally shared framework hosted by FP3.

Tentative budget: US$ 5 million per region and 10million per country for implementation.


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