LEG4DEv

Legume-based agroecological intensification of maize and cassava cropping systems in Sub-Saharan Africa for water-food-energy nexus sustainability, nutritional security & livelihood resilience in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia & Malawi

Grain and agroforestry legume crops have major unrealised potential for climate-smart transformation of nutritional, income and sustainability outcomes from smallholder systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where the quantity and quality of protein produced and consumed is insufficient to meet current and future nutritional demand and requirements. Legumes produce high-quality edible protein for humans that is critical for future sustainable protein supply in SSA for nutrition and food security needs

In sub-Saharan Africa SSA, legumes are widely used as an intercrop in maize and cassava systems, and are also significant sources of income for women. Rain-fed legume-maize and legume-cassava cropping systems can boost smallholder productivity and reverse declines in soil fertility. Both yields and adoption rates of leguminous crops remain low in SSA despite their potential role in improving nutrition, soil health, income, and food security.

LEG4DEV will conduct a gap analysis and needs assessment across all ongoing and completed projects of relevance, and across all stakeholders to develop a decision-support and prioritisation system whereby LEG4DEV can ensure that it remains focussed on outstanding research and innovation gaps that act as barriers to scaling out of legume-based agroecological intensification in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia & Malawi. The project’s objective is to promote scaling of legume-based agroecological intensification of smallholder maize and cassava cropping systems in SSA for water-food-energy nexus sustainability that enables food security and livelihood resilience.

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Partners

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

The National University of Ireland Galway is the lead applicant in LEG4DEV and is a public research university located in the city of Galway, Ireland.

Wageningen University

Wageningen University & Research is a public university in Wageningen, Netherlands, specializing in technical and engineering subjects and an important center for life sciences and agricultural research

University of Hohenheim

The University of Hohenheim is a campus university located in the south of Stuttgart, Germany. . Its primary areas of specialisation had traditionally been agricultural and natural sciences.

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center is a non-profit research-for-development organization that develops improved varieties of wheat and maize with the aim of contributing to food security.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculutre (IITA)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture is a nonprofit organisation that works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture, with the ultimate goals of reducing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

International Livestock Research institute (ilri)

The International Livestock Research Institute is an international agricultural research institute based in Nairobi, Kenya, and founded in 1994 It is a member of the CGIAR and focuses its research on building sustainable livestock pathways out of poverty in low-income countries.

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