LEGVALUE is a participatory project, open to the engagement of stakeholders in the pulse and legume industry in Europe. The ultimate benefits are the fostering of greater, more profitable legume and pulse production in the EU to satisfy a larger more valuable and diverse market to the financial benefit of all in the value chains and to deliver social and environmental benefits to all.

Project duration: June 2017 to May 2021

Legume Futures

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Project consortium

This project is coordinated by Frédéric Muel, Terres Inovia. The partners are:


  • Association de coordinaton technique pour l’industrue agroalimentaire
  • RSK ADAS Ltd
  • AICF Agro Inovação S.A.
  • Chambre régionale d’agriculture de Normandie
  • Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek
  • Fachhochschule Südwestfalen
  • Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau Stiftung
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinário
  • Institut für Lebensmittel und Umweltforschung e.V.
  • Institut de la recherche agronomique
  • INRA Transfert
  • Lietuvos agrarinių ir miškų mokslų centras
  • Latvian rural advisory and training centre
  • PGRO Research Ltd.
  • Roskilde Universitet
  • Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna
  • Terres Inovia
  • Terres Univia
  • Universität Hamburg
  • Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna
  • Università di Pisa
  • Valorex
  • Wageningen University

Project description

The objectives of LEGVALUE are to define platforms for change that can help deliver greater EU self-sufficiency in vegetable protein production, to identify opportunities for innovation, adding value to markets and all participants in the value chains and to recognise opportunities to influence change, be they at commercial, research or at policy level.



  • To develop sustainable and competitive legume-based farming systems and agri-feed and food
    chains in the EU.
  • To assess economic & environmental benefits for the EU agro industry to widely produce and
    use legumes in a sustainable manner.
  • To demonstrate the added value of various existing legume value chains in the EU
  • To provide a range of alternative solutions to improve the economic situation of each actor
    involved in the various chains described.
  • To contribute to increase the autonomy of the EU regarding the production of legume
    proteins for both feed and food


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