Tropical Legumes Project II, 2015 - 2017
Funders: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
To support cooperatives producing certified groundnut seed through the implementation of a participatory selection program of groundnut varieties in rural areas and support the multiplication of improved varieties.
What we do
This project is a continuation of the 2007 “Improving the Productivity of Groundnuts in high-risk areas in West Africa” project. EUCORD is implementing a program of participatory selection of groundnut varieties in rural areas, while also supporting seed production. The project’s objectives are to improve the capacity of the cooperative’s leaders, train a network of seed producers, and market and test the product.
Despite limited funding, EUCORD has obtained significant results over the past two years. EUCORD staff carried out demonstrations to introduce several new groundnut and cowpea varieties to farmers, trained a large number of seed producers (the majority of which are women), and produced foundation seeds as well as certified seed. Specifically looking at the year 2016/7, 5 demonstrations of three different varieties were installed, and compared with local variety used by farmers. 161 farmers (128 female) were trained on good production practices. Additionally, 43 farmer leaders were also trained in producing aflatoxin free groundnuts.