Wide-scale demonstration in farmers’ fields

Published: 21 February 2021
Last edited: 21 February 2021

By trainings the 9202 farmers covering 3253 ha area in 460 villages, they learnt how to cultivate biofortified lentils and improved practices compared to local cultivar and technologies. To accelerate large-scale adoption of the new lentil varieties, and adaptation to successful new approaches, ICARDA 's participatory research for development was carried out with inclusion of farmer organizations.


Co-management building
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Technical interventions and infrastructure
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

  • Participatory research-for-development carried out with the inclusion of farmer organizations and women help groups.
  • Involvement and interest by farmers
  • Development of technical capacities 
  • Improved nutrition and health of farmers 
  • Wide-scale demonstrations 
  • Crop modelling 
  • Seeing higher yields and results encourages participation by farmers


Lessons learned

Large scale feeding trials are required to assess the impact of biofortified lentils on health along with studies related to the bioavailability of iron and zinc.