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Breakthrough pigeonpea genome re-sequencing will lead to superior varieties and make the pulse more affordable

May 25th, 2017 / ICRISAT

In a significant breakthrough, a global team of 19 scientists from 9 institutes have re-sequenced the genome or DNA of 292 pigeonpea varieties (Cajanus cajan) and discovered new traits such as resistance to various diseases that affect the crop and its insensitivity to photo-period (the duration of daylight hours required …

Doubled-up legume technologies in conservation agriculture show potential for scale up

May 18th, 2017 / Africa Rising

Smallholder farming systems in southern Africa are faced with challenges such as declining soil fertility, low productivity and profitability and the increased need to adapt to climate variability and change. Sustainable intensification of both legume- and maize-based farming systems is needed to increase food, nutrition and income security for smallholders.
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Unsung Heroes – reversing neglect

November 7th, 2016 / Claudia Canales, B4FA

The third of our periodic blogs which discuss food security, with a specific focus on how plant genetic research might contribute to addressing the challenge of feeding a fast-growing global population in increasingly uncertain climatic conditions.
Achieving food security is a complex problem that goes far beyond just producing more food. …

Uganda: new pigeon pea varieties receive positive response

August 6th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmers in northern Uganda usually grow apena (pigeon peas) in their gardens. This is because this legume improves soil fertility by fixing nitrogen but soon farmers will find the new pigeon peas varieties with enhanced attributes. See …

Could pigeon pea be a life-changer for Malawi’s drought-stricken farmers?

October 13th, 2015 / AllAfrica

The pigeon pea, a high protein pulse, has proven resistant to El Niño’s disastrous effects in Malawi. The FAO has estimated that cereal harvests have decreased by up to 27% compared to last year, and UN’s WFP recently announced that 2.8 million people in Malawi will face hunger in coming …