South Asia and China Regional Program

Pulses are versatile crops that are a crucial staple in South Asia. Yet, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal all run a deficit in providing them for their populations. A nutritious pulse, grasspea, has not been widely cultivated because traditional varieties have had high levels of toxicity. To address these problems, ICARDA and NARES have worked to increase lentil production — using otherwise fallow rice fields; released new, less toxic varieties of grasspea varieties; and embarked on a study to examine the release and uptake of improved cultivars of lentils. In addition to addressing the ongoing need for more resilient harvests, the study also sought to understand the reasons for uptake, or lack thereof.

The adoption and impacts of new lentil varieties in South Asia

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Decreasing grasspea toxicity and increasing its agricultural uptake

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Farming fallow land with improved agro-technologies

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