Updated Jun 10, 2019

Mung bean for cropping systems intensification

Part of CIMMYT

Mung bean as an opportunity crop for nutrition and income generation, as the crop takes advantage of the fallow period between the winter and summer cropping cycles.


Timothy j. Krupnik

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Mung bean cultivation has increased significantly and the government has prioritized mung bean as a green manure crop, providing subsidy for seed and irrigation costs to encourage farmers to take up mung bean cultivation.

Focus Areas:

Agriculture and Economic Growth and Trade

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Implemented In:

Nepal and Bangladesh

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Uncultivated winter season fallow lands that limit cropping intensity, food availability and income generation for smallholder farmers.



Identifying a suitable crop with significant income and nutritional benefits.

Target Beneficiaries

Farmers in cultivating lands where fitting in a mung bean crop is possible.

Innovation Description

Across most of the Indo-Gangetic plain that serves as the breadbasket of South Asia, double crop systems predominate that leave a period of fallow during the hot and largely dry period before the arrival of monsoon rains. CSISA has worked to introduce mung bean cultivation into this fallow period to increase cropping intensity. Mung bean serves as a source of income and contributes quality protein for household nutrition. Research has focused on suitable varieties and water management strategies to fit into different cropping patterns with profitability gains of up to $1,000 per hectare through addition of this crop.

The Team Behind the Innovation

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) is led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and implemented by a team of scientists and change-makers with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Operating across South Asia, CSISA works to increase the adoption of resource-conserving and climate-resilient technologies and improves farmers’ access to markets and enterprise development.



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