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Boosting chickpea production in Nepal – Validated RNRRS Output

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Asia and the Pacific
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Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses
Type of Risk:
Biological & environmental

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID’s 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Principally based on Projects R7855, R8366 and R8427.

Growing high-yielding chickpea varieties as a fallow crop after rice or wheat could provide food security and much-needed incomes for the poor in Nepal. Chickpea is the main source of protein for around 1.8 million Nepalese people. So it was a major blow to the country when in the 1990s chickpea production collapsed because local varieties failed. This was partly a result of pests and diseases. Now, 90% of the country’s chickpea has to be imported. The development of a tailored, low-cost, integrated crop management (ICM) package means that poor farmers in Nepal can now grow new high-yielding varieties reliably and sustainably. The package has been proven to work in various areas of the country, providing the poor with high yields and incomes.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10 pp.) taken from the CD.