Evaluation of Stress Tolerant Orphan Legumes (STOL) for use in dryland farming systems across sub-Saharan Africa and India - promoting India-Africa framework for strategic cooperation.

Rajasthan Agricultural University (RAU), Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India


Project Staff:

PI: Dr Mamta Nehra

Co-PI: Dr Manish Kumar

Field Assistant: Miss Suman Devi


Summary of project 

Legumes are under-recognised for their value and their importance in diversification and complementing other foods and are critical for both farmers and consumers. Many of the world's most important food legumes are grown in arid and semi-arid regions of Africa and Asia, where crop productivity is hampered by biotic and abiotic stresses. However, many of the Indian species are not known in Africa and vice versa.

Current Activities:

The promotion of Stress Tolerant Orphan Legumes (STOL) to improve food security and livelihood of the rural poor farmers of arid and semi-arid regions in India


Identification of promising varieties in these orphan legumes and increase area under cultivation with minimum input requirement which will be beneficial for farmers of arid and semi-arid regions in India