14 June 2012 - Details of German strategies for supporting legume crop production published
Details of two German strategies for supporting the production and use of legumes were published by the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer protection (BMELV). These were the German government’s draft strategy for protein crops and the research strategy for legumes from the German Agricultural Research Alliance (DAFA). Both strategies mention the role of Legume Futures as an important research project in this area.
The draft German strategy for protein crops expresses the ambition to see the production of legumes increased in Germany. It acknowledges the role of agri-environment measures and the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy in influencing the production of legumes. However, in terms of measures under the government control, the strategy places most emphasis on the investment in research.
Through the German partners ZALF and Donal Murphy-Bokern, Legume Futures has made a significant contribution to the DAFA research strategy. This was scientific work which identified the ecosystem services supported by legume crops and which identified six interacting research areas that together support the measurement and delivery of these ecosystem services. Prof. Hubert Wiggering (ZALF) set out the rationale behind the identification of six interacting research areas. These are three market oriented areas (sustainable healthy diets, sustainable protein supplies, and non-food uses) underpinned by three strategic areas of research (plant breeding and crop management to raise production efficiency, assessing and improving the impact on natural resources, and socio-economic assessments to support economic and policy decisions.
The completed strategies will be published later in this year.