This project is a new initiative, which evolved from the long-term relationship between Hawassa University and the University of Saskatchewan, building on the existing CIFSRF Call-1 project to improve food security through improved
sustainable agricultural practices and human nutrition, by inclusion of pulse crops, following a gender equity approach.

The project centers on bio-fortification of pulses coupled with soil fertility
management and improvement of human nutrition. Zinc and Fe availability will be the focus as deficiencies of these micronutrients are prevalent in southern Ethiopia.

The project targets Ethiopian women as agents for change for adopting and integrating improved production methods into their indigenous farming systems.