The consortium consists of 3 European partners and 5 from Asia - 3 from India and 2 from Nepal, including Universities, NARS and NGOs. All have extensive experience of participatory research work in their various fields of expertise, and the European partners have many years experience in S Asia. The project is coordinated by CAZS Natural Resources (CAZS-NR) of the University of Wales, Bangor, UK. CAZS-NR has long experience of coordinating European Projects and has undertaken a great many bilateral and multilateral projects with NARS, Universities and NGOs in South Asia, in particular India and Nepal. In addition, other stakeholders will be closely involved throughout the project, and will be invited to project meetings and to the final workshop. Key stakeholders and their particular interests will be identified through the stakeholder analysis to be carried out at the start of the project, and are likely to include farmers, representatives of community and farmers groups and organisations, research managers, extension workers and NARS staff in the South Asian partner countries, and small seed companies, particularly in India. Farmers and their groups will be important stakeholders not only in implementing the project activities but also in the entire research process including decision making level in the selection of the technologies.
Roles of the partners
CAZS-NR co-ordinate and integrate the project and are responsible for the website, as well as for other aspects of dissemination. We are using our regional office in Kathmandu to coordinate within the S Asian region. We have significant experience in the development of participatory approaches to germplasm characterisation and will use this to assist in the work on genetic diversity and indigenous knowledge and germplasm characterisation, as well as assisting NARC with the molecular analysis of ricebean diversity.
CAU Kiel, in co-operation with GVT, CSKHPKV and AAU in India and with LI-BIRD in Nepal, carry out market surveys, assess constraints and opportunities, cost:benefit analysis in comparison to other legumes, and assess customer requirements and farmer-preferred traits for ricebean.
Bergen lead the workpackage on health and nutrition studies, working closely with local partners in both India and Nepal.
GVT will act as a within-country coordinator in India. With their long experience of participatory trials, they lead the work on germplasm characterisation, and co-operate with CAU to lead the Indian work on the supply chain and marketing, providing substantial back-up to the survey work. They are also involved in the assessment of genetic diversity and indigenous knowledge. The two Indian SAUs, CSKHPKV and AAU, assist in the survey work, and provide field sites, in particular in hill areas in Himachal Pradesh and Assam for the germplasm characterisation, as do GVT for the hilly areas of western Madhya Pradesh, as well as assisting in the surveys of genetic diversity and indigenous knowledge in these regions. All the Indian partners assist Bergen in WP5, providing facilities in all the areas in which the project is working.
Of the Nepalese partners, NARC lead the work on molecular assessment of genetic diversity, using laboratory facilities set up during previous work with and assisted by CAZS-NR. They also contribute to the health and nutrition studies. LI-BIRD provide back up for CAU and lead the work package on indigenous knowledge and germplasm characterisation, drawing on long experience in this type of work and working closely with CAZS-NR. They also provide access to farm sites in Nepal for germplasm characterisation.The partners have a range of expertise and equipment sufficient to carry out the work of the project, as detailed. The European partners have complementary expertise in natural resources, policy and agricultural economics, with considerable experience in South Asia. The Indian and Nepalese partners provide considerable experience in farmer- and community-focussed work in natural resources and socio-economics, as well as genetic and agronomic capacity. They all have access to experimental field sites and farmer networks, as well as substantial technical staff experienced in these disciplines .