Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdcourt), also called “voandzou”, is a nutritious, neglected legume crop of special importance for women who grow it for family consumption and income generation. This project builds on six years of participatory research on Bambara groundnut. The project aims to sustainably enhance Bambara groundnut productivity and further develop the local Bambara groundnut value chain via identification of new Bambara groundnut production and marketing options that fit to specific socio-ecological contexts in three agroecological zones of Burkina Faso and one pilot site in Mali. Project partners include INERA (Burkina Faso) as lead institution, IER (Mali) and 30 women farmer groups in the project target areas.
Assess the effect of soil texture, structure, initial fertility and water content, farmers’ crop management, social and economic contexts on the productivity of Bambara groundnut varieties in different agro-ecological zones.Identify Bambara groundnut accessions, varieties and genotypes which are resistant / tolerant to fungi and virus diseases.Determine the biochemical composition of voandzou seeds and the presence/absence/level of aflatoxins.Put in place a community of stakeholders (growers, sellers, consumers and stakeholders who act on storage, processing and marketing) for the improvement of the Bambara groundnut value chain.Build the capacity of Bambara groundnut growers in organization management, voandzou value chain improvement and improved seed production through training, co-learning, monitoring and exchanges.