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Agroclimatology of Asian Grain Legumes Chickpea, Pigeonpea, and Groundnut

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Virmani, S.M. Faris, D.G. ; Johansen, C.( editor ) ; International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
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International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics ; Patancheru 502324, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Agroclimatology of Asian grain legumes: chickpea, pigeonpea, and groundnut / S.M. Virmani
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Asian agriculture is faced with challenges centered around feeding a large, rapidly increasing population, continuing subdivision of the natural resource base, need for agricultural diversification away from monocultures, constraints to adoption of intensive technologies by resource-poor farmers, and maintenance of an ecological balance. If we are to address these challenges  dequately, we must reexamine our overall agricultural production mission and the research approaches recommended for achieving these objectives. At ICR1SAT, one of our responses to meet these challenges has been the creation in 1986 of the Asian Grain Legumes Network (AGLN) to facilitate and strengthen the applied legumes research capabilities of the national agricultural research systems (NARS) in Asia so that the farmers' problems can be identified. addressed, and solved expeditiously. The AGLN' s structure is based on strong contacts between ICRISAT research scientists and those in NARS to work on well-identified and regionally important research problems. In short, AGLN's role is to facilitate collaborative research in Asian farming, where grain legumes are perceived as important components for the sustainability of agriculture.
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