Objectives & Expected Outcomes

Backdrop

In Africa, grain legumes are grown on millions of hectares and they play a major role in cropping/agro-ecosystems. These crops contribute to the livelihoods of millions of farmers and users through:

  1. Improved agro-ecosystems health attained through inclusion of legumes in crop rotation programs and intercropping systems;
  2. Improved food and nutrition security due to their nutrients components (proteins, mineral, vitamins and fibres among others);
  3. Legumes are increasingly becoming high value crops, accruing incomes for women and poor farmers, value chain actors and national economies; and
  4. Supply of quality feeds (as crop residues or fodder) to livestock.

Several improved legume technologies and approaches such as improved varieties, complementary management technologies have been developed in Africa by universities, CGIAR Centers, national systems, and the private sector. Many of these improved technologies and approaches are available and being used by farmers and value chain actors.

Despite these positive changes, challenges remain particularly with regard to:

  • Increasing productivity to respond to needs of the increasing population while also
    improving agro-ecosystems in a sustainable manner
  • Increasing productivity to respond to climate change and its emerging consequences
    including erratic rainfall, pests and diseases
  • Inclusive sharing of benefits derived from the legume value chains

Conference Objectives

The ultimate goal of the conference is to create synergies and enhance networking and collaboration in grain legumes research, taking cognizance that most grain legumes scientists focus on multiple grain legume species and value chains. Its specific objectives:

  • To appreciate the research progress and limitations in addressing several pre- and post-harvest legume constraints;
  • To identify innovative scalable and inclusive seed systems models through which increased access to improved legume varieties and complementary technologies by millions of farmers can be attained;
  • To identify business models for legumes that can create opportunities in the entire agricultural value chains;
  • To identify scalable innovative financing models for EBA-driven agriculture that when implemented could stimulate growth, job creation and value chain partnership in Africa;
  • To appreciate the impacts of legumes research products on agro-ecosystems, value chain actors income as well as people and animal nutrition and health;
  • To identify enabling policies and legislation that will incentivize countries and donors to invest in legumes production and value additions;
  • To share experiences and gain knowledge on legumes new scientific discoveries and science frontiers;
  • To discuss what needs to be done to incentivize private sector investment in legumes and enhance competitiveness and demand driven legumes research; and
  • To provide platform to give visibility to return on investment in legumes research including impacts.

Expected Outcomes

  1. Knowledge on new discoveries and science frontiers in legumes shared
  2. Experiences and knowledge on best pre- and post-harvest practices shared among legumes value chain actors
  3. Impact oriented and scalable innovative seed systems models shared
  4. Contribution of legumes to incomes, health and nutrition of farmers and other value chain actors understood
  5. Investments and policy support for driving legumes value chains in Africa shared and identified
  6. Key opportunities, areas of collaboration, and actions for successful roll-out of legumes value chain development identified and agreed upon

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