Mainstreaming Efficient Legume Seed Systems in Eastern Africa: Challenges, opportunities and contributions towards improved livelihoods

Ojiewo, C O and Rubyogo, J C and Wesonga, J M and Bishaw, Z and Abang, M M and Gelalcha, S W (2018) Mainstreaming Efficient Legume Seed Systems in Eastern Africa: Challenges, opportunities and contributions towards improved livelihoods. Technical Report. FAO, Addis Ababa.

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Research Program : Genetic Gains

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The contributions of grain legume value chain stakeholders who took part in the Legume Seed Systems Workshop jointly organized by FAO and CIAT in Nairobi, Kenya (28-30 January 2015) are gratefully acknowledged. Experts from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan presented case studies on innovative practices in legume seed systems, which helped to enrich this technical paper. The technical paper also drew extensively on the experiences of major legume value chain development initiatives such as the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) and the Tropical Legumes Project, which have tested and deployed several innovative and impact- oriented legume seed systems in Eastern Africa. The authors are grateful to PABRA and the Tropical Legumes Project for their generous support. Our gratitude goes to Solomon Gelalcha, National Consultant – Crop Production Specialist at FAOSFE, for the technical review of various draft versions of the manuscript, which he did painstakingly. Shawn McGuire, Agricultural Officer (Seed Security) of the Seeds and Genetic Resources Team at FAO Rome, undertook a detailed review of the manuscript and made valuable suggestions for improvement of the paper. His diligent technical review and expert advice are sincerely appreciated.


Legumes are important components of sustainable farming systems. They are useful to diversify and intensify cropping systems as double, catch, relay and intercrops; fix ‘free’ nitrogen to soils from the atmosphere and improve soil health that boost cereal crop yields; act as rotation crops for breaking disease and pest cycles; increase and diversify smallholder incomes (and hence buffer them from the effects of price, pest and climate-related production fluctuations); enhance quality of household diets because of their higher protein and micro-nutrient content compared with starch-based staple cereal crops; and provide good sources of animal feed (high protein crop residues and byproducts) and low carbon footprint, mitigating climate change...

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Divisions: Research Program : Genetic Gains
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eastern Africa, efficient legume seed systems, legume seed systems, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, grain legume value chain, Legumes, Legume crops, Africa
Subjects: Others > African Agriculture
Others > Africa
Others > Legume Crops
Others > East Africa
Others > Seed Systems
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2018 04:27
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2018 04:39
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