Improvement of pigeon pea for plant type, early maturity, pod borer resistance and moisture stress tolerance

The network program on pigeon pea envisages its genetic improvement by biotechnological tools. The socio-economic component directs research to the farmers' needs and the socio-economic environment of pigeon pea smallholders.

Fiche signalétique

  • Département HESB|Haute école des sciences agronomiques,forestières et alimentaires
  • Pôle de recherche Systèmes de production agricole économes en ressources
  • Champ de recherche Agriculture internationale et développement rural
  • Durée (prévue) 01.05.2015 - 30.04.2018
  • Responsable du projet Urs Egger
  • Direction du projet Urs Egger
  • Équipe du projet Urs Egger
    Ingrid Fromm
  • Partenaires - établissements de recherche, y c. BFH ETH
    ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute
    ICAR-National Bureau od Plant Genetic Resources
    ICAR-National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology
  • Mots-clés India, pigeon pea,

Contexte initial

The major output will be the development of improved pigeon pea cultivars for increased productivity and resistance to pd borer. Innovative products of research activities need to be widely adopted by farmers and consumers to realise economic welfare. As socio-economic partner of the project, we will provide a thorough understanding of socio-exonomic environment, adoption process and economic gains due to improved pigeon pea cultivars in complex and risk prone regions.


Assessing farmers' needs and perception of preferred traits and features of technology related to pigeon pea cultivars in different cropping systems, cultivation practices, crop economics and constraints related to production at farm level

Compétences clés

socio-economic analysis, farmers' interviews, market analysis