Type: Book

Achieving sustainable cultivation of grain legumes Volume 2 Improving cultivation of particular grain legumes


Dr Shoba Sivasankar is Director of both the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and the Research Program on Dryland Cereals. She is based at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India.



Publication date:

20 December 2017

Length of book:

360 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786761408



Grain legumes are characterised by their nutritional value, an ability to grow rapidly and improve soil health by fixing nitrogen. This makes them a key rotation crop in promoting food security amongst smallholders in particular. However, yields are constrained by factors such as pests and diseases as well as vulnerability to poor soils, drought and other effects of climate change.

This collection reviews the wealth of research addressing these challenges. Volume 2 assesses key research on particular types of grain legume with chapters on developing improved varieties as well as improvements in cultivation techniques Part 1 covers common beans, chickpeas, lentils, soybeans and groundnuts. Part 2 discusses cowpea, faba beans and pigeonpea.

With its distinguished editorial team and international range of expert authors, this will be a standard reference for the grain legume research community and farmers of these important crops as well as government and other agencies responsible for agricultural development. It is accompanied by a companion volume which reviews general advances in breeding and cultivation techniques.

Key features

  • Detailed coverage of particular grain legumes
  • Chapters on each key aspect of grain legume cultivation: improved varieties and advances in cultivation techniques
  • International range of authors with specific expertise in each grain legume

What others are saying...

“This reference will greatly improve the visibility of, and access to knowledge about, crops that play such a critical role in sustainable cropping systems, nutrition and income, yet which often remain under the radar of governments and policy makers and which do not always receive the investment they deserve.” Jeff Ehlers, Program Officer in Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Table of contents

Part 1 Cultivation of common beans, chickpeas, lentils, soybeans and groundnuts

1.Developing improved varieties of common bean: James D. Kelly, Michigan State University, USA;
2.Improving cultivation practices for common beans: John O. Ojiem, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization, Kenya;
3.Developing improved varieties of lentil: William Erskine, University of Western Australia, Australia; Ashutosh Sarker, ICARDA, India; and Shiv Kumar, ICARDA, Morocco;
4.Improving cultivation of lentils: : Fred J. Muhlbauer, Washington State University, USA; Ashutosh Sarker, ICARDA South Asia & China Regional Program, India;
5.The use of marker assisted selection (MAS) in developing improved varieties of soybean: Y.-C. Lee, R. Lemes Hamawaki, V. Colantonio, M. J. Iqbal and D. A. Lightfoot, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, USA;
6.Improving cultivation practices for soybeans in sub-Saharan Africa: Frederick P. Baijukya and Harun M. Murithi, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Tanzania; and Fred Kanampiu, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Kenya;
7.Developing improved varieties of groundnut: C. Michael Deom, University of Georgia, Athens, USA; David Kalule Okello, National Semi-Arid Resources Research Institute, Uganda;
8.Improving cultivation of groundnuts: Janila Pasupuleti, ICRISAT, India;
9.Preventing mycotoxin contamination in groundnut cultivation: David Jordan, Rick Brandenburg and Gary Payne, North Carolina State University, USA; David Hoisington, Nick Magnan and James Rhoads, University of Georgia, Athens, USA; Mumuni Abudulai, Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, Ghana; Koushik Adhikari and Jinru Chen, University of Georgia, Griffin, USA; Richard Akromah, William Appaw and William Ellis, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana; Maria Balota and Kumar Mallikarjunan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA; Kenneth Boote and Greg MacDonald, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA; Kira Bowen, Auburn University, USA; Boris Bravo-Ureta and Jeremy Jelliffe, University of Connecticut, USA; Agnes Budu, University of Ghana, Ghana; Hendrix Chalwe, Alice Mweetwa and Munsanda Ngulube, University of Zambia, Zambia; Awere Dankyi and Brandford Mochia, Crops Research Institute, Ghana; Vivian Hoffman, International Food Policy Research Institute, USA; Amade Muitia, Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research, Mozambique; Agnes Mwangwela, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi; Sam Njoroge, ICRISAT, Malawi; David Okello, National Semi Arid Resources Research Institute (NaSARRI), Uganda; Nelson Opoko, University for Development Studies, Ghana;

Part 2 Cultivation of cowpea, faba beans and pigeonpea
10.Breeding improved varieties of cowpea: B. B. Singh, Pant University, India;
11.Improving cultivation of cowpea: Alpha Kamara, IITA, Nigeria;
12.Developing improved varieties of faba bean: Fouad Maalouf, ICARDA, Lebanon; Seid Ahmed and Somanagouda Patil, ICARDA, Morocco;
13.Efficient and sustainable production of faba bean: R. Redden, RJR Agricultural Consultants, Australia; X. Zong, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) - Beijing, China; R. Norton, International Plant Nutrition Institute and University of Melbourne, Australia; F. Stoddard, University of Helsinki, Finland; F. Maalouf, International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) - Terbol, Lebanon; K. Seid and M. El Bouhsseini, International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) – Rabat, Morocco; Y. Tao and L. Rong, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) - Beijing, China; and Li Ling, Liaoning Academy of Agricultural Science, China;
14.Developing improved varieties of pigeonpea: K. B. Saxena, Formerly International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India; Y, S. Chauhan, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Australia; C. V. S Kumar, A. J Hingane, G. V. R. Rao, and R. K Saxena, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India;
15.Improving the cultivation of pigeonpea: K.R Latha, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India; and L. Vimalendran, TANUVAS, India;