Impacts of Grain Legume Research & Development in Developing Countries
The UN declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (grain legumes) under the banner “nutritious seeds for a sustainable future”. A second green revolution is required to ensure food and nutritional security in face of global climate change. Grain legumes provide an unparalleled solution to this problem because of their inherent capacity for symbiotic atmospheric nitrogen fixation, which provides economically sustainable advantages for farming and healthy diet for human and livestock alike. The current lack of coordinated focus on grain legumes has compromised human health, nutritional security and sustainable food production. The WUN research group "Legumes: The Hub of Diversification and Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture" has made a joint publication “Neglecting legumes has compromised human health and sustainable food production” in Nature Plants and co-edited a special issue on legumes in Journal of Experimental Botany to response to the situation. As this group demonstrated, a cross-disciplinary approach is required to tackle global challenges spanning food security, climate change and health.
The present research group will convene a symposium to explore the impact of grain legume research and development has in developing countries, and how it contributes to their economic development, environment, and wellbeing. The group comprises international experts in plant biotechnology, agronomy, soil science, climate, agricultural and economic/market research. It pledges to contribute a discussion paper focusing on how to make the best use of new technologies and cultivation methods of legumes in promoting sustainable agriculture and economic development in developing countries. It will strive to publish high-impact joint-research papers in relevant areas and set up a data portal to serve as a platform for exchanges.