Research and development for tropical legumes: Towards a knowledge-based strategy

Abate, T and Orr, A (1981) Research and development for tropical legumes: Towards a knowledge-based strategy. Journal of SAT Agricultural Research, 10. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0973-3094

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An estimated 140 million households in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia cultivate one or more of the six tropical legumes, benefiting more than 700 million people. The productivity of tropical legumes remains low because of limited use of improved technology. Based on existing knowledge from research and development, this article argues that a successful strategy to raise productivity and incomes from grain legumes must contain several components. These include the recognition that: regional diversity requires a country specific approach; institutional challenges are as important as technical challenges; and that success will require institutional innovations not only in access to input and output markets, but also in research collaboration, and a systems approach. Current initiatives by three international agricultural research centers through the Tropical Legumes II Project seek to apply these lessons.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mandate crops > Chickpea
Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Mandate crops > Groundnut
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2012 09:12
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2013 11:46
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Acknowledgement: The authors are grateful to three reviewers for helpful comments and suggestions. We also acknowledge the contributions of many scientists to the Tropical Legumes II Project, on which much of this article is based.
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