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Legume-based value chains, farm gate and the market beyond

Exploring how markets are organised, added value and their transparency.

Illustrating how success stories function in the value chain through processing to the commodity market. Demonstrating how networks exist linking farmers to the markets, and how they can be strengthened through innovation. Leading to an introduction to the end-uses for legumes, the theme of the next webinar.

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To be recorded and posted here soon after the event.

Provisional Programme: 10am CET  (for 90 minutes)

15' Marie-Beniot Magrini, ( Scientist in economics, INRAE (France)).    Organisational Arrangements in Value Chains for Developing Legumes.

The objective of our study was to to examine the role of contractual arrangements between the value chain stakeholders on the development of technical knowledge on grain-legume crops, allowing production improvement and development.  In our this study, we define the technical knowledge on a crop as any knowledge required for producing, collecting, storing and transforming/processing a crop

7' Carlos Piera, Agro Inovacao (Portugal).                                      A Chickpea value chain in Portugal

Chickpea production area and production per unit area in Portugal has been increasing. In 2018, 2600 hectares produced 2000 tons. This increase as been partly due to the rotational benefits of these crops, and the superior financial returns above the traditional cereals crops of wheat and barley. Since 2015, AICF has been developing the value chain from field to consumer, integrating seed company, intermediary organization, farmer network, input supplier, processor and research centers. The chickpea is not an agricultural commodity, so prices are not defined globally. The implementation of the fixed price strategy allows the value chain to be strengthened.

7' Cecilia Antoni/ Wolfgang Stauss (FSW Germany).                              The bean market for Bohnikat

New level of sustainability from cultivation to production to distribution within the legume market

Bohnikat turns local grown pulses into delicious, healthy snacks. The pulses are purchased directly from local organic farmers to ensure the price is fair to them as well. Long-term contract farming will be the next step. The final snacks are produced in a particularly gentle manufacturing process to preserves the nutrients of the legumes, and is environmentally friendly at the same time. To avoid packaging waste, the snacks are mainly sold in unpackaged stores.

7' Pierangelo Marconi ( Roquette, France).                                    The Pea value chain in France for pea protein outlets.

7' Cindy Brown (Board President, Global Pulse Confederation).    World trade in legumes, a global overview.

8'   Abdoulaye TRAORE ( Terres Univia, France).                       Quality management of grain legumes

Quality is an important topic for the development of markets and value chains. A report produced within the LegValue project focuses on legume quality management systems and legume quality criteria in force in the European Union and in some of the main legume producing and exporting countries outside the EU to provide insights on legume quality management. Some of the results are presented.

10' Marcus Mergenthaler and Bruno Kezeya (FSW Germany).     Incentivizing legumes through more transparent market information

The legume markets are currently fragmented and lack transparency in many European countries. This makes it difficult to enter this market. By increasing market transparency, it should be simplified for new players to introduce the cultivation and utilisation of legumes. To this end, paying more attention to the market analysis and spreading information of legumes might be helpful.

10' Andy Bury (Pulse Trade manager, Frontier Agriculture). Trading pulses in the UK

7' Nathaniel Schmid (Advisor, FIBL (Switzerland)). How can contracts be used to stabilize prices, increase knowledges and know-how and secure quality and investments at each actor’s level?

Insights from the LegValue case study on organic soybean for FOOD and FEED in Switzerland. This short presentation aims to demonstrate that to initiate, build, consolidate and sustain a value chain, it is necessary to be able to rely on relationships based on transparency, trust and the skills of each professional. The knowledge of the realities of each process of the manufacture of a product must be part of the activities necessary for the realization and sustainability of the process as a whole.

7' Guillaume Chesneau (R&D and Sourcing Director, Valorex). The Fababean value chain in France for premium feed

Valorex is known in Europe for its large development on oleaginous linseed for 20 years, from its production in different regions in France  for animal and human nutrition. For 5 years, Valorex has built a research and development program with INRAE, an organisation that brings together all stakeholders from seed production to  use in animal production. It has created an outlet by specifying  animal production systems recognized as added value by the consumer, with the aim to develop fava bean first, with pea, lupine and soybean in association.

15' Q&A discussion hosted by Marcus Mergenthaler ( Professor in economics SWF Germany)


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The Leg Value project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 727672.

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