Genetic Improvement of Cowpea (NGICA)

This alliance with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation will enhance the livelihoods of the people of West Africa by making available improved and more productive cowpea varieties that are resistant to infestation by insects. Cowpea is the most important food grain legume in the dry savannas of tropical Africa, providing cash income as well as a nutritious protein supplement. This activity will directly benefit women, who form the majority of the cowpea growers. Because of its high nutritional value and protein content, the increased production of cowpea will also have a positive impact on those afflicted with HIV/AIDS by making it more readily available. It is estimated that 90% of this benefit will occur in Nigeria because it is the largest cowpea producer in Africa.
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