Print this article

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

Return to FRESH!

WORLDVEG IN THE NEWS

Consumption of African Indigenous Vegetables is Low in Africa
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, 18 March 2019

El cerebro de la huerta africana
El Periodico (Spain), 16 February 2019

Want to keep fruit and vegetables fresh? Try these innovations from Mali
TalkAfrica (Mali), 1 February 2019

To Secure the Future of Food, Look to the Ancestors of Eggplant
NOVA (USA), 19 January 2019

KU welcomes executives from WorldVeg
Kasetsart University (Thailand), 14 January 2019

Why indigenous vegetables hold the key to better economy, health
The Star (Kenya), 1 January 2019

Affordable, Scalable, Overlooked: Evaporative Cooling Can Fight Food Loss – Why isn’t the Development Sector Embracing It?
University of Michigan (USA), 16 November 2018