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FOSRIN: Food security through ricebean research in India and Nepal

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Objectives

The overall objective is to make the under-utilised crop ricebean more than locally popular by identifying and measuring the diversity within the range of germplasm available in India and Nepal and characterising it for suitability to the cropping systems of the region, matching farmer-preferred varieties to diverse seasons, environments and markets, using a combination of genetic, agronomic, and socio-economic approaches firmly based on client-orientated principles to identify genotypes and parents for breeding programmes suitable for integrating ricebean into rice- and maize-based cropping systems as well as into the diets of consumers in WNE India and Nepal. Specific objectives are shown below (numbers in parentheses refer to the Workpackages)

  1. To analyze the supply-chain for stages and linkages where product value of improved ricebean is potentially lost or where information on product quality may be compromised or lost ( WP1 )
  2. To assess genetic diversity and indigenous knowledge on ricebean in Nepal and India
    1. To assess genetic diversity and uses of ricebean using indigenous knowledge of the crop ( WP2 )
    2. To characterise the germplasm diversity using molecular marker techniques ( WP3 )
    3. To characterise the germplasm for phenological traits and suitability for a range of diverse environments and cropping systems using participatory approaches ( WP4 )
  3. To assess the potential impact of enhanced pulse availability on local human nutrition (WP5)
  4. To develop a Market-based Legumes Traits Value-Index (MLTVI) that allows breeders to assess ex ante the value of new legumes in terms of their monetary value to consumers ( WP1 )
  5. To develop innovative and efficient marketing methods for high quality, protein-rich products from the crops to increase market accessibility, product value and promote export value ( WP1, 5 )
  6. To develop policies to support and promote equitable access to such protein-rich foods, building sustainable medium and long term food security ( WP1, 5 )
  7. To strengthen sustainably the research capability of the Asia Partner Country institutes involved in the project ( All WPs)

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