Triggering a mungbean transformation in East and West Africa

Mungbean research activities are underway in Africa. This nutritious, short-season legume fits well into cereal crop rotations and can help revitalize depleted soils. 

Workshop participants in Arusha, Tanzania.

Workshops were conducted in Cotonou, Benin (19-20 June 2018) and Arusha, Tanzania (5-6 July 2018) to launch mungbean research activities under the “Unleashing the economic power of vegetables in Africa through quality seed of improved varieties,” a project funded by UKaid.

In West Africa, evaluation of the mungbean mini-core collection will be undertaken in four countries: Benin and Mali (through WorldVeg regional offices), Ghana (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Crops Research Institute [CSIR-CRI]) and Nigeria (Michael Okpara University of Agriculture). Testing of recently developed elite mungbean lines will be conducted in Benin, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Nigeria.

In East Africa, the evaluation of the mini-core collection as well as elite lines will commence in Tanzania (through WorldVeg regional office and with Selian Agricultural Research Institute [SARI]), Kenya (Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization [KALRO]) and Uganda (National Agricultural Research Organization [NARO]). In Kenya and Uganda, WorldVeg will work with national partners to scale up cultivation of recently released mungbean varieties and implement good agricultural practices.

Workshop participants in Benin.

Story and photos: Ram Nair