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CRP-GLDC Genetic Gains April 2021

ICRISAT Governing Board concludes its third virtual board meeting

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CRP-GLDC Genetic Gains April 2021

  1. 1. CRP-GLDC Presentation at the 98th Governing Board meeting Program Committee 20 April 2021
  2. 2. Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee | 20 April 2021 2 Annual Report 2020 Common bean improvement research helps to reduce poverty for 2.2 M families in Ethiopia High oleic groundnut varieties commercialized in India meet the enhanced shelf-life needs of food industry and consumer health benefits High yielding climate resilient beans improved food security and kickstart business in Zimbabwe GLDC Impacts • Etihopia`s bean value chain including breeding, seed systems, varieties grown, and farmers’ welfare has benefitted from R4D lead by the Alliance • Release and adoption of over 60 varieties has benefitted about 2.5 M farming families • Combining varieties with fertilizers has enabled beneficiaries to enjoy extra consumption spending on food and non- food items worth USD 119 per person per year (PPP), and by USD 217 PPP • Over 1 M smallholder farmers received seeds; the production of preferred bean varieties increased from 520 tons to 1,840 tons • The adopting households now harvest 347 kg more beans per hectare, enabling people to consume 3.6 kg more beans per person per year • 60-70% of the population who rely on agriculture now have the ability to produce and profit from beans, while also providing nutritious food to their families • Two new varieties of groundnut containing 80% oleic acid with 30% higher yield and 115-day maturation released To replace the existing varieties with 40-50% oleic acid • High impact launch by the Indian PM during World Food Day will boost the promotion and subsequent adoption of these varieties • Public-private partnerships and interest of the industry on these commodities is a boost to deliver quality seeds to farmers and reach consumers in two years
  3. 3. Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee | 20 April 2021 3 Gender & Youth • Two studies by ICARDA and ICRISAT contributed to gender integration in the breeding programs (gendered farming roles, trait preferences) • Village Level Studies in South Asia (VDSA) data is being used to understand women’s access to asset in designing programs, interventions and policies for empowerment of women • Intensive outmigration in dryland areas affects women's roles in agriculture and related activities, with broader implications for productivity and gender equity • The youth strategy calls for context specific local definitions of “youth”, access to profitable technologies, and other interventions including technical & business capacity development
  4. 4. Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee | 20 April 2021 4 Capacity development e-Learning experienced a huge boost across the globe • FP5 reached ~ 3500 people with online trainings and webinars • e-Learning portal is currently offering seven online courses • Upgraded the AGskillED platform, which is now published in Android PlayStore for use by farmers and frontline extension staff • FP6 enhanced the skills of 1,260 participants (547 women or 43.4%) on bean-based flour production, development of beans seed road maps, crop breeding, and communication through multimedia outlets
  5. 5. Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee | 20 April 2021 5 Markets and Partnerships in Agri-Business (MPAB) • A framework for exploring market opportunities in transforming agrifood systems was released • The adoption process associated with rapid spread of chickpea varieties in Andhra Pradesh was analyzed • Three studies are underway:  opportunities for GLDC that arise from growing markets for functional foods and plant-based meats  opportunities for influencing consumption patterns in low-income urban areas  exploring the potential opportunities arising from the introduction of a flour blending policy in Kenya
  6. 6. Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee | 20 April 2021 6 Policy contributions • The Evolution of Gender Mainstreaming in ICARDA Lentil Program: Learnings on gender and change in plant breeding • The GLDC Youth Strategy: Gendered Youth Realities, Aspirations, Opportunity Structures and Transitions to Adulthood in the SAT: Strategy for Targeting and Engagement • Trans-regional trade: policy brief on bean flows between Tanzania and its surrounding countries, and the effect on economic development • Tanzania National Biofortification Guidelines: Country strategy to enhance the consumption of beans and dry bean products • Malawi Multi-sectoral Nutrition Policy 2019-2023 • Biofortified Beans: A vehicle for improving Nutrition, Income and Food Security in Burundi
  7. 7. Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee | 20 April 2021 Thank You Questions? 7

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