Enhancing Kersting’s groundnut production-marketability in Benin
Aim: The cultivation of Kersting’s groundnut (KG), a well appreciated food crop in Benin, is challenged by poor agronomic practices and lack of quality seeds leading to low yield and poor quality products. Following a science-based value chain approach, this project “Enhancing Kersting’s groundnut (Macrotyloma geocarpum) production and marketability in Benin (Projet Doyiwé)” aims to co-create quality seeds of consumer-preferred KG varieties and enhance market linkages in order to enhance KG’s production and market value in Benin.
Objectives: The overall objective of this project is to establish the availability of quality kersting’ groundnut (KG) grains in rural and urban markets in Benin. The specifc objectives are:
- To improve the understanding of the preferences of Beninese consumers, processors and farmers for KG;
- To collect and evaluate KG germplasm and select superior varieties with desired traits; and
- To make KG seeds and products available in the market in a demand-driven manner.
Method: This project will contribute to the promotion of inclusive and sustainable growth in the agricultural sector by strengthening the KG value chain, improving farmers’ incomes, processors’ productivity, and consumers’ food security. The project activities and results will be disseminated further to secondary stakeholders through workshops, scientific publications, policy briefs, technical manuals, and leaflets.
Dutch policy goals: Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in the agricultural sector.
Duration: 02 August 2017 to 31 July 2020