Scaling-up of Pulse Innovations for Food and Nutrition Security in Southern Ethiopia is a project funded by Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) and implemented by Hawassa University (HU) and University of Saskatchewan (UofS). The project envisages reaching 70,000 rural households, 500,000 people direct beneficiaries (at least one fifth women) in 15 districts within SNNPR region.
To achieve these objectives the project has organized its interventions into three interlinked pillars-agriculture, agribusiness and nutrition and two cross cutting themes-gender and communication. The agricultural pillar has been screening and testing high yielding input packages (varieties, bio-fertilizer, phosphorus, agronomic practices) and found up to 75% yield increments for chickpea and common bean. Similarly the nutrition pillar has developed/selected five pulse blend products to promote to urban and rural households- both homemade (bread and porridge) and commercially processed products.
The project is expected to involve many stakeholders working in the area.