Overcoming some of the impediments to high yield in cowpea production zones through the development and release of improved varieties that are better adapted to those environments.
Improved resistance to the parasitic weed Striga gesnerioides, improved yield.
Mainly smallholder farmers.
The project team at SARI in Ghana collaborated with University of Cape Coast to release three Striga resistant cowpea varieties in Ghana with sponsorship of The Introduction Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The names are: UCC-Benga (UCC-Cowpea), Saka-Buro (killer of Striga) and Kum-Zoya (hunger has run away). IITA releases varieties only through NARS. IT98K-205 from IITA was released with the name of Gajale Bodi in Nepal. Two IITA varieties, IT07K-297-13 and IT08K-150-12, were released in Nigeria with the names Sampea 18 and Sampea 19, respectively.
The use of these improved varieties is intended to result in more food and fodder produced from the same effort.