Enhancing the Contribution of Neglected and Underutilized Species to Food Security and to Incomes of the Rural Poor (2001-2004)
Empowering the rural poor by strengthening their identity, income opportunities and nutritional security through the improved use and marketing of neglected and underutilized species (2007-2010)
The first two phases of the IFAD NUS project aimed to enhance the sustainable conservation and use of neglected and underutilized species in Latin America, South Asia and Western Asia through a holistic value chain approach, which was developed through the project in building on past experiences at Bioversity International. Project activities sought to improve sustainability of production and income generation from target crops, as well as to secure nutrition benefits for local communities to achieve livelihood and conservation outcomes.
The targeted crop species belonged to three priority groups that are recognized to play a strategic role in strengthening nutritional security and income generation of the rural poor, the primary beneficiary of the project's efforts. Activities were carried out through a fully participatory bottom-up approach and were directed towards eight priority areas that covered the spectrum of sustainable use: provision of germplasm to farmers, selection of best genotypes, processing, value adding, market analyses, production-to-use chain improvement, policy, and public awareness. Efforts were development-oriented and executed using a gender sensitive agenda.
|Latin America||Andean Grains||Quinoa aka quinua (Chenopodium quinoa); cañihua aka cañahua, kañahua, kañihua (Chenopodium pallidicaule); amaranth aka amaranto, kiwicha, coime, millmi (Amaranthus caudatus); lupin, aka chocho, tarwi (Lupinus mutabilis)||PROINPA (Bolivia), INIAP (Ecuador), CIRNMA (Peru)|
|South Asia||Minor Millets||Finger millet (Eleusine coracana); Italian millet (Setaria italica); Little millet (Panicum miliare)||MSSRF (India), NARC, and LI-BIRD (Nepal)|
|Western Asia||Medicinal and aromatic plants||Argel (Solenostemma arghel); Caper (Capparis spp.); Oregano (Origanum syriacum); Mint (Mentha piperita); Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra); Aloe (Aloe spp.); Coriander (Coriandrum sativum); Cumin (Cuminum cyminum); Henna (Lawsonia inermis)||DRC (Egypt) AREA (Yemen)|