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FOSRIN: Food security through ricebean research in India and Nepal

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Project final report is available here and through the publications page

Hedonic demand function available here and through the publications page

Consumer preference index available here and through the publications page

Access the CPI here

Report on introducing ricebean to the legume supply chain available here and through the publications page

Report on Molecular marker diversity available here and through the publications page

Report on the Impact on nutrition of increasing ricebean levels in the diet available here and through the publications page

The Final Workshop was held in Nagarkot, Nepal, between February 1 and 4. Presentations are available here.

The report on ricebean's nutritional content is available here and through the publications page

Link to the YouTube Ricebean video Thanks to LI-BIRD for this.

The Fourth Annual Meeting was held in Dharamshala, HP, India, between September 11 and 15.

Link to a Google Map added to the "sites" page

The Wikipaedia page on ricebean has been uploaded

lady ricebean farmer in Nepal

The Ricebean Network

FOSRIN is a 3 year project funded under the EC's INCO programme to to popularise the under-utilised crop ricebean (Vigna umbellata). Ricebean is a grain legume grown in hill areas of Nepal and northern India by some of the most resource-poor farmers, and is often grown as an intercrop with maize. The project involves eight partners - universities, research organisations and NGOs in Europe and Asia, and has adopted a client-oriented approach, working closely with farmers and other stakeholders.

We believe that ricebean has great potential to improve livelihoods, diet and nutrition for these farners, and that the use of simple innovations will encourage farmers to cultivate it much more widely.

We welcome discussion and contributions from other groups and individuals with an interest in this crop, or in other grain legumes. Please contact us if you wish to contribute to this.

Watch the FOSRIN Ricebean Video produced by LI-BIRD


Project outline

The project will study several aspects of the cultivation of this crop:

  1. Marketing (supply chain and demand)
  2. Characterisation
    1. Genetic diversity and indigenous knowledge
    2. Molecular diversity
    3. Germplasm characterisation
  3. Nutrition and health
Each of these has its own workpackage, lead by a specialist in that area. Full details are given in the Workpackages section of the website.

 


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