LIN gives leg-up to legumes

The PGRO has launched the Legume Innovation Network (LIN) and is presenting a series of eight free webinars that will explore the global opportunities, barriers and success stories surrounding legume production.

The webinars are part of the LegValue and TRUE project – a high-level programme of events hosted by experts from across Europe who aim to unlock the potential for greater production across the globe.

“Pulses have an incredibly bright future, both for farmers who want to grow a sustainable, diverse rotation, and for consumers seeking a versatile, protein-rich food with multiple health benefits,” says PGRO chief executive Roger Vickers.

“I believe they can fit hand-in-glove with the UK’s new Environmental Land Management (ELM) schemes, so now is an opportune time to re-double our efforts in sharing information and understanding which is what this project is all about.”

The online events mark the end of two collaborative EU Horizon-2020 funded projects which aimed to empower legume-supported food and feed production in across Europe. LIN will build on the projects’ legacies, says Roger, becoming a stakeholders’ forum. This will promote awareness of new insights, services or requirements for commercially competitive production and consumption of legume crops in Europe.

“I hope it will link people with similar interests, provide opportunities for challenges to be resolved more easily, with potential partners finding resources for mutual benefit, and directly help realise more sustainable agri-food systems.”

LegValue and TRUE project webinar programme
14 April  Digging into legumes and the potential of the Legume Innovation Network
20 April Optimising legume production
22 April  Legume-based value chains, farm gate and beyond the market
27 April The diversity of end uses for legumes
29 April Pushing the boundaries in legume breeding
4 May How legume science is enabling industry
6 May The road map for legumes: Policy and the role in transformation to greater legume production
11 May Roundup: Bringing the Legume Innovation Network together
All webinars take place at 9:00am British Summer Time; see for details.

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