Project Contacts


Dr. Issoufou Kollo Abdourhamane

Project Manager


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), one of the original funders of AATF, supports the Nitrogen-Use Efficient, Water-Use Efficient, Salt-Tolerant Rice Project; Pod-Borer Resistant Cowpea Project; and the Water Efficient Maize for Africa project. USAID supports the MLN Diagnostics and Management Project through CIMMYT. USAID also supported the Striga Control in Maize project as part of the US government’s Feed the Future initiative.

Vision of Success/Goal

Improved nutrition and food security for about 8 million farmers and their families and better health, environment and income for farmers

Better health, environment and income for farmers


To improve cowpea productivity and production in Africa by developing and disseminating farmer preferred and locally adapted Maruca-resistant varieties to cowpea growers  for better harvests.

More About the Project

PBR Cowpea will reduce production costs for farmers and benefit both human and environmental health through use of less pesticide from the usual 6-8 applications to only two during a season.

PBR Cowpea will reduce grain yield losses and result in increased cowpea production by at least 20 percent

PBR Cowpea will contribute to a more reliable cowpea harvest that will improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and help strengthen local communities. Farmers will be able to harvest enough to feed their families and have a surplus which they can sell to increase their incomes.

Demand  for PBR Cowpea seed will have a positive impact on the seed businesses that will produce and distribute quality seed.

Farmers in Nigeria  will be able to access the PBR Cowpea from seed companies once production is finalized. In the other countries, farmers will be able to access the PBR Cowpea once its safety complies with national and international standards and approval for environmental release granted by the relevant competent authority for the GM regulatory process

Key Numbers

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number of people that consume cowpea in Africa

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Estimated cowpea yield loss to Maruca vitrata in areas endemically infested, when no control measures are…

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Minimum estimated boost to farmer harvest with use of PBR cowpea

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Number of sprays needed with PBR Cowpea compared to the usual 6-8 applications


Information and Resources

PBR Cowpea Project FAQ

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PBR Cowpea Project FAQ II

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