Improving Food Security in the Highlands of Ethiopia through Improved and Sustainable Agricultural Productivity and Human Nutrition (CIFSRF)

Ethiopia suffers from a serious level of food insecurity, exacerbated by increasing population pressure, land degradation and frequent cycles of drought. Pulse crops - the edible seeds from legumes like chickpeas, lentil, faba bean and cowpea - are important to smallholder agriculture, providing an alternative source of protein, income and food security. Pulse crops in crop rotation increase soil fertility and improve soil health. However, the cultivars typically used in Ethiopia are low yielding, low in protein and have limited capacity to fix atmospheric nitrogen.

This project aims to provide practical solutions to these problems, as well as management practices that will help stabilize and improve local soils. Women will be involved as agents of change in the adoption of improved production methods and nutrition education. Researchers will assess the impact of increased pulse availability on food security, food consumption and nutrition in the three targeted regions of Ethiopia.

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Start Date

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

End Date

Friday, March 1, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

Sanginga, Pascal

Total funding

CA$ 964,648


Ethiopia, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Canadian International Food Security Research Fund

Project Leader

Sheleme Beyene


HAWASSA University

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Dr. Fran Walley

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Dr. Bunyamin Tar'an


University of Saskatchewan

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