Dry Grain Pulses (Pulse)

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Strategic Investment in Rapid Technology Dissemination: Commercialization of Disease Resistant Bean Varieties in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Haiti (BTD)

The Bean Technology Dissemination (BTD) project addresses the shortage of high-quality bean seed available to resource-poor farmers in Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The objectives of […]

Enhancing biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) of leguminous crops grown on degraded soils in Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania

Common beans are the most important legume crop in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania occupying a very large proportion of land devoted to legumes. For example, over […]

Improving Nutritional Status and CD4 Counts in HIV-Infected Children through Nutritional Support

The overall goal of the research is to determine if eating beans or cowpeas will improve the immune status of children that are not being treated […]

Impact assessment of Bean/Cowpea and Dry Grain Pulses CRSP investments in research, institutional capacity building, and technology dissemination in Africa, Latin America and the U.S.

Impact assessments are widely recognized to perform two functions–accountability and learning. Greater accountability (and strategic validation) is seen as a prerequisite for continued support for development […]

Increasing Utilization of Cowpeas to Promote Health and Food Security in Africa

Many poor families in Sub Saharan Africa suffer high rates of malnutrition, especially among children, while diet-related chronic diseases have become a common phenomenon among urban […]

Using Improved Pulse Crop Productivity to Reinvigorate Smallholder Mixed Farming Systems in Western Kenya

Many rural households in the East African highlands are no longer self-sufficient in beans, a critical source of food and income. Farmers’ inability to afford fertilizer […]

  • Start Date: 2008
  • End Date: 2012/12/31
  • Project Code: CU-1
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Enhancing Nutritional Value and Marketability of Beans through Research and Strengthening Key Value Chain Stakeholders in Uganda and Rwanda

Agriculture in East Africa is characterized by women and men working in small scale, rainfed production, averaging 2 hectares per household (FAO 2006). Erratic bimodal rainfall […]

Combining Conventional, Molecular and Farmer Participatory Breeding Approaches to Improve Andean Beans for Resistance to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses in Ecuador and Rwanda

Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is the most important grain legume (pulse) consumed in Ecuador, and the most important protein source in Rwandan diets. Around 120,000 […]

Expanding Pulse Supply and Demand in Africa and Latin America: Identifying Constraints and New Strategies

Angola: Common beans and cowpeas are important crops for smallholder farmers in Angola, with approximately 36% of households in a recent survey indicating that common beans […]

Improving Bean Production in Drought-Prone, Low Fertility Soils of Africa and Latin America

Drought and low soil fertility are principal, pervasive constraints to bean production in Latin America and Africa. The vast majority of bean producers in poor countries […]