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The Trust funds projects in Africa and India that make use of modern molecular methods for the improvement of legume crops. There are two consortia in Africa that are receiving support from the Kirkhouse Trust. They are the West African Cowpea Consortium (WACC) and the African Bean Consortium (ABC). The Trust also funds other individual projects that are working towards the improvement of Stress Tolerant Orphan Legume (STOL) crops.

The consortia receive hands-on support from the Trust through annual meetings, training and student support. The Trust also funded the sequencing of the cowpea and common bean genomes and the creation of genomic databases for marker discovery. Each consortium has an academic consultant appointed to provide advice on the scientific research conducted.

Geographical Distribution

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The table below lists all the projects pinned on the map above. Please click on any of the pins on the above map, or on the links below to find out more about an individual project.

Project Consortia Institution / Country Project
African Bean Consortium (ABC) SUA, Morogoro, Tanzania "Use of marker assisted selection (MAS) to improve selection efficiency in breeding for resistance to major bean diseases of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) in Tanzania".
NaCRRI, Kampala, Uganda "Application of gamete selection and molecular MAS in common bean varieties with improved multiple resistance to major diseases in Uganda".
SARI, Awassa, Ethiopia "Marker assisted selection (MAS) to deploy disease resistance in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) breeding lines and varieties for Ethiopia".
RAB, Kigali, Rwanda "Development of common bean lines with multiple disease resistance in Rwanda using marker assisted selection".
KALRO, Kakamega, Kenya "Development of multiple disease resistance to Pythium root rot, anthracnose, common bacterial blight and bean mosaic virus through marker assisted selection in common bean in Kenya".
West African Cowpea Consortium (WACC) IER, Bamako, Mali "Strengthening National Capacity for the Development of DNA Markers and the Application of Marker-Assisted Selection (MAS) in Cowpea Breeding for Mali".
INERA, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso "Breeding cowpea (Vigna unguiculta (L.) Walp.) for multiple resistances and farmer's preferred traits for Burkina Faso ecological zones".
IRAD, Maroua, Cameroon "Strengthening National Capacity for the development of DNA markers and the application of Marker-Assisted Selection (MAS) in cowpea breeding for West and Central African sub-region".
SARI, Tamale, Ghana "Pyramiding of two different sources of aphid resistance genes in farmer preferred varieties in Ghana".
"Deployment of sources of cowpea root rot (Macrophomina phaseolina and Rhizoctonia solani) resistance to improve cowpea in Ghana".
UAM, Makurdi, Nigeria "Genetic Improvement of cowpea for Striga resistance using molecular tools in Nigeria".
Stress Tolerant Orphan Legumes (STOL) NM-AIST, Arusha, Tanzania "Multiplication of orphan legumes".
NUST, Windhoek, Namibia "Multiplication of marama bean (Tyosema esculentum) for the STOL programme".
ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India "Benchmarking traits controlling the plant water budget in orphan legumes".
INERA, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso "Agro-morphological characterisation of drought tolerant legume species and study of genotypes by environment interactions in Burkina Faso".
UAS, Bangalore, India "Genetic enhancement of Dolichos bean (Lablab purpureus) through integration of conventional breeding & molecular approaches and farmers participatory plant breeding".
Molecular labs CRIG, Tafo, Ghana Mobile lab.
UZ, Harare, Zimbabwe Teaching lab.
Seed Dissemination SARI, Tamale, Ghana "Promoting farmer access to improved seeds".
INRAN, Maradi, Niger "Transfer and distribution of new varieties of early, productive, Striga gesnerioides resistant cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp.) in Niger".
ITRA / CRASS, Kara, Togo "Improving cowpea varieties: Assessment of cowpea varieties resistant to Striga gesnerioides using farmer participatory research in Togo".
SUA, Morogoro, Tanzania "Factors influencing smallholder farmers' decision to use quality seed of improved common bean varieties in Tanzania".