Policy & Institutions, Seed systems
Grain legumes, Groundnut, Pigeonpea
Farming Systems, Cropping Systems, Livelihood Systems
Eastern and Southern Africa
New chickpea varieties on the way
Improved chickpea varieties, Malawi,MSIDP, Farmer participatory research, Seed size, Seed quality, Crop diversification, Food security, Income security
Eastern & Southern Africa Program
The Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS) and the Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES), both under the Ministry of Agriculture in Malawi ; The Legumes Development Trust; International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).
ICRISAT Happenings 1862-5, 10 July 2020
ICRISAT Malawi aims to develop new adapted and productive chickpea varieties by 2020. To speed up the release process, the MSIDP, through ICRISAT, is introducing material bred at its other centers and conducts farmer participatory research to identify the best adapted materials for Malawi. Along with the three varieties, a complete technology package for production is being tested alongside. After two years of experimentation, it is clear that women prefer early-maturing materials to bridge their household legume requirements, while men consider seed size as the most important quality, for increased grain weight at the market.