Scaling Up Pulse Innovations for Food and Nutrition Security in Southern Ethiopia (CIFSRF Phase 2)

Ethiopia has one of the highest prevalences of protein-calorie malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in the world. This project will scale up new pulse food products (chickpeas and beans, for example) in southern Ethiopia to address food insecurity and malnutrition. Applying knowledge on a large scale This project builds on previous research conducted in Ethiopia's southern highlands, which identified and tested the best performing chickpea and bean varieties, along with suitable agronomic management practices for pulse crops. The research found that nutrition interventions improved children's and mothers' nutritional status. However, the results have not extended beyond the project sites, so adoption and impacts are limited. This project will generate and promote ways to encourage large-scale adoption of improved pulse crop technologies from pilot sites to more areas in southern Ethiopia. It will demonstrate the broader impacts of promoting pulse crop production on food security, income, and children's nutritional status. Food and nutrition for thousands A team of Canadian and Ethiopian researchers will test and deploy multistakeholder platforms to scale up pulse-based innovations and food products. The project will benefit tens of thousands of small-scale farmers, producers, and consumers. Researchers will study the entire value chain for beans and chickpeas - from production to consumers. The project is expected to expand demand for nutritious, easily digestible, and culturally appropriate products to meet rural families' nutritional and health needs. Positive change beyond Ethiopia The project will leverage private sector partners, farmers' cooperatives, and government agencies to integrate the new products into local supply chains. The project team will also identify companies to commercialize them. This research will bring large-scale positive change by directly involving more than 70,000 rural households, producers, processors, and consumers in testing and using pulse-based innovations and food products. It will also create capacity and improve women farmers' access and control over resources to enhance their participation, productivity, income, and nutritional status. The project has the potential to benefit large populations in Ethiopia and beyond and is funded under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), a program of IDRC undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

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Start Date

Thursday, February 5, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

Annie Wesley

Total funding

CA$ 3,845,000


Ethiopia, Canada, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Canadian International Food Security Research Fund

Project Leader

Dr. Carol J. Henry


University of Saskatchewan

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Project Leader

Dr. Sheleme Beyene Jiru


HAWASSA University

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