Legume crops: high protein, high impact

April 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The CGIAR has identified ICARDA’s work on legume crops as a prime example of successful research-for-development. The CGIAR’s Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) has begun a scoping study to measure the impacts of CGIAR-wide legumes research on productivity and livelihoods. The review will cover ICARDA’s work on chickpea in Turkey and Syria (visits completed) and lentil in Nepal (in the coming months).

Gokce: Turkey’s most popular chickpea variety generates huge benefits in yield, production and farm income

The SPIA team – Dr James Stevenson of the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council, Dr Robert Tripp, consultant, and Dr Timothy Dalton from the University of Arkansas – visited Turkey and Syria in March. They met with farmers, national research and extension staff, policy makers and seed producers to collect information on yield and income gains, adoption rates and other impact parameters. In Turkey they focused on Gokce, a drought-tolerant kabuli chickpea variety developed through Turkey-ICARDA collaboration. Gokce, which occupies about 60% of the country’s chickpea area, yields 300 kg/ha more than most other varieties. In Syria, the study examined the impact of winter chickpea technology. ICARDA and its partners have developed new varieties – cold-tolerant and resistant to ascochyta blight disease – that can be planted in winter (rather than spring), with substantially higher yields. There is considerable anecdotal evidence of the impacts of these technologies. The SPIA study will provide quantitative data to enable researchers and policy makers to scale up the impacts still further.

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