Cross-Cutting Theme: Agrobiodiversity
Agricultural biodiversity contributes to productivity, resilience, and diets. Over the past decade, CCRP-funded teams have conducted research across the value chains of the diverse crops below. Work has ranged from studies to better understand, document, and utilize local biodiversity, to support for breeding programs and seed systems, to agronomy, post-harvest management, enhancing markets, and utilization for improved nutrition.
Legume crops: common bean, groundnut, cowpea, pigeonpea, soybean, Bambara groundnut, lablab, lupin, Desmodium
Cereal crops: sorghum, pearl millet, finger millet, fonio, tef
Other: quinoa, amaranth
These grants (projects) are fully or substantially dedicated to increasing agriultural biodiversity:
News & Events
Advancing Together: Highlights from 10 years of CCRP in West Africa
10 October 2016
Highlights from 10 years of work in the West Africa Community of Practice.
Bioversity Crowdsources Varietal Data from Thousands of Farmers
30 September 2019
Eduardo Peralta retires after career devoted to returning lupin, quinoa, and amaranth to field and table
5 June 2017
Eduardo Peralta has devoted 35 years to advancing lupin as well as grains quinoa and amaranth in South Americas Andes region.
Entrepreneurial farmer groups discuss porridge mixes in new video
9 March 2017
The Kapkerer Farmers Group and the Kiptoruswo Self-Help Group of Nandi, Kenya produce nutrient-dense porridge mixes by integrating legumes into traditional recipes.
Exclusive Interview with Robert Mwanga, 2016 World Food Prize Co-Recipient
15 November 2016
Robert Mwanga, a CCRP grantee from 1994-2009, was one of four co-recipients of the 2016 World Food Prize. Dr.
Upcoming GREAT course focuses on gender-responsive cereal grains breeding
15 May 2017
GREAT courses equip researchers with tools to enhance the impact their research has on beneficiary communities, while also providing them marketable skills.
SNAP PI urges government policies on agroecology
23 June 2019
The closing ceremony of Singida Nutrition and Agroecology Project (SNAP) was held in Singida last week. During the ceremony Project PI Rachel Kerr said that agroecological farming needs policy backing so that it can be implemented by farmers effectively.
Smallholder Farmers in Peru Add Online Sales to Expand Market
17 November 2020
Agroferias Campesinas started as a project of the gastronomic society APEGA and later became an association formed by the participants. Closed during the first months of COVID-19, a reduced version of it now runs three days a week, with the aid of a small CCRP grant, recently started online delivery.
Rural Malian women’s practices and perceptions regarding whole grain consumption studied
1 January 2018
Recent inception meetings between pasture projects in the Andes
21 January 2020
Phosphorus-efficient common beans featured in new video
10 January 2019
Participatory Plant Breeding & Resilient Seed Systems Post-Grad Course Offered
29 January 2020
Multi-language videos highlights new varieties of common bean that have resistance to beetle
20 November 2017
A new set of multi-language videos out of the Southern Africa Community of Practice highlights new varieties of common bean that have resistance to beetles.
McKnight Case Study Explores Two Decades of Triumphs and Pitfalls for CCRP Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato Projects
24 January 2017
Available now: From Breeding to Nutrition: Orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes in farming and food systems of Uganda, Kenya and Burkina Faso.
Increasing Bean Productivity in Mozambique
12 December 2016
The soils of Mozambique are known to be low in available phosphorus.
Inception Meeting for the Pigeon Pea FRN Project (RECODA)
10 April 2020
Grain Processing project farmers featured in new video.
15 June 2017
A new, french language film has been produced and features the activities of Grain Processing project farmers as they work to improve livelihoods