The project has three main thrusts of activities namely, research, capacity building and outreach/extension. The research-related thrust will focus on screening and breeding of legume (common bean, cowpea and green gram) cultivars for the easy-to-cook trait and/or with low flatulence factors and anti-nutritional factors using both conventional and biotechnological approaches. Capacity building will involve postgraduate training of staff and students in the Horticulture Department and IBR, and purchase of modern plant breeding and biotechnology equipment. The project results will be disseminated to stakeholders in various forums such as workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions within the country. Last but not least, the project will multiply and conserve seed materials for analyses by Projects 2 and 3 and for distribution to collaborating stakeholders.