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We are seeking to boost the productivity of important legume crops in Africa via the application of marker-assisted breeding. Our strategy is to support scientists in the target countries by providing research grants, laboratories, screen houses, advice, training, equipment and supplies to enable them to use molecular biology tools to support crop improvement.

We are also exploring the potential resilience to climate change of underutilised legume species in India and in African countries.

Funding is generally restricted to public sector agricultural research organisations and higher education institutions in target countries.


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KT would like to wish Antony the best of luck as he leaves us to start a new job! Antony has been with KT for nearly 14 years working as our IT officer and as Project Administrator for the charity's Stress Tolerant Orphan Legume (STOL) projects.



We are very happy to welcome Dr Travis Parker as a member of KT's team of consultants! Dr Parker will provide scientific advice and guidance to the projects of the African Bean Consortium.

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In the spirit of better late than never, we would like to congratulate Ms Julienne Dieu-Donné on being awarded her MSc in 2021 by the University of Maroua!  Her thesis is titled " Test de pureté génétique de quelques lignées de niébé (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp), pour la resistance au Striga gesnerioides (Willd.) dans la region de l’extreme-nord Cameroun".  Well done to Julienne!

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The latest newsletter (Paul Gepts Edition) has just been published to commemorate Professor Gepts' time as a consultant on the African Bean Consortium projects. We wish Professor Gepts a happy retirement!

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KT would like to wish Colin Dexter all the best for the future as he moves to Taunton, in Somerset. Colin has been with KT for almost 14 years, looking after the West African projects working on cowpea.

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We are pleased to welcome Dr María Muñoz-Amatriaín, who joins KT's team of consultants to guide the West African Cowpea Consortium (WACC) projects. María was based at UC Riverside before joining Colorado State University in 2019. In July 2021, she relocated back to Spain, where she joined Universidad de León as a distinguished researcher

Main consortia

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African Bean Consortium (ABC)

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West African Cowpea Consortium (WACC)

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Stress Tolerant Orphan Legumes (STOL)