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New chickpeas set to increase food security

chickpea-flower a-in-a-r-web-smallerEXTRACT:

"Chickpeas are the world’s second most widely grown legumes, providing protein and acting as a staple food in the developing world. Known as the ‘orphan crop’ due to their narrow genetic base, farmers have been forced to plant low yielding varieties as there were no other options available to them, until now. Scientists from the Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) have successfully completed the draft genome sequence of chickpeas."

DFID Research, 5 April 2013