Thematic Areas


The GLOBAL VISION of the Dry Grain Pulses CRSP is to contribute to:

  • Economic growth and food and nutritional security through knowledge and technology generation,
  • Sustainable growth and competitiveness of pulse value chains utilizing socially and environmentally compatible approaches,
  • Empowerment and strengthened capacity of agriculture research institutions in USAID priority countries,
  • USAID’s Feed the Future and Global Food Security Research Strategy, and
  • Achievement of Title XII legislative goals for CRSPs including the generation of dual benefits to developing country and U.S. agriculture.

The “Pulse CRSP” achieves its VISION by supporting a portfolio of collaborative research and institutional capacity building projects which address five GLOBAL THEMES and THEMATIC AREAS:

1. To reduce production costs and risks for enhanced profitability and competitiveness of bean, cowpea and other grain legumes,

  • Thematic Area 1:  Increasing pulse productivity through genetic improvement.
  • Thematic Area 2:  Increasing pulse productivity through integrated crop management.

2. To increase the utilization of bean and cowpea grain and food products so as to expand market opportunities and improve community health and nutrition,

  • Thematic Area 3:  Increasing pulse utilization for improved nutrition and health.

3. To improve the performance and sustainability for bean and cowpea value chains, especially for the benefit of women,

  • Thematic Area 4:  Strengthening pulse value chains.

4. To increase the capacity, effectiveness and sustainability of agriculture research institutions which serve the pulse sectors and developing country agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America

  • Enhancing the capacity of host country institutions is an integral objective of all research and technology dissemination projects supported by the Pulse CRSP. The approach and achievements in institutional capacity building are presented under the Achievements page.

5. To support a dynamic and impactful research and capacity building agenda which builds upon past technical achievements, learns from past experiences, and gives priority to future investments that sustainably enhance the productivity and consumption of pulses while supporting USAID’s Feed the Future Global Food Security Research Strategy.

  • Thematic Area 5:  Impact Assessment.

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