This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Principally based on Projects R7855, R8366 and R8427. Growing
high-yielding chickpea varieties as a fallow crop after rice or wheat
could provide food security and much-needed incomes for the poor in
Nepal. Chickpea is the main source of protein for around 1.8 million
Nepalese people. So it was a major blow to the country when in the 1990s
chickpea production collapsed because local varieties failed. This was
partly a result of pests and diseases. Now, 90% of the country's
chickpea has to be imported. The development of a tailored, low-cost,
integrated crop management (ICM) package means that poor farmers in
Nepal can now grow new high-yielding varieties reliably and sustainably.
The package has been proven to work in various areas of the country,
providing the poor with high yields and incomes.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10
pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP35, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 15.