TL-III will concentrate its efforts on groundnut, cowpea, common bean and chickpea. Geographic targets include seven African countries: Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Mali, Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda and the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh.
The successes in the TL-II Indian partner States were taken as signal that they no longer need support for breeding and seed delivery and that TL-III should focus its seed work entirely on the African target geographies, except for the case of the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh, that was not included in TL-II, but which has significant chickpea hectarage (>600,000 HA).
Breeding priorities for each crop have been aligned to address key regional biotic and abiotic production constraints identified by the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and national programs as elucidated in the TL-II publication Country Strategies and Seed Roadmaps Country Strategies and Seed Roadmaps and following robust discussions with an array of crop scientists, gender specialists, farmer and trader representatives and socio-economists. The funding will support breeding for local adaptation and that address primary production constraints identified by the NARS scientists in their countries.