About the Project


The demand for domestic protein animal feed and the interest in protein-rich and gluten-free products for human consumption experience a strong growth. Domestic legumes such as peas, field beans, lupins, soybeans and co. are sustainable and GMO-free. The cultivation numbers of these grain legumes are rising, but their potential is far from being exhausted.

Goals of the network

As part of the nationwide protein crop strategy, LeguNet continues the work of three networks on pea/bean, lupin and soya and pools knowledge of all grain legumes. Crops that are rarely cultivated in Germany, such as chickpeas and lentils, are also integrated into the network, because climate change is increasing their potential of cultivation. LeguNet aims to enhance/ the degree of self-sufficiency with grain legumes in Germany by:

  • Pointing out the numerous possibilities for utilisation.
  • Networking within the sector and developing new sales markets.
  • Supporting innovations in the feed and food sector.
  • Promoting the transfer of knowledge regarding cultivation and utilisation.
  • Connecting to research and development projects of the nationwide protein crop strategy.

Knowledge transfer

Existing knowledge and knowledge acquired in the project is collected, compiled, and processed to make it available to all interested parties. We put the advantages of domestic protein sources of food and feed in a nutshell.

Added Value

So far, most processed goods in the growing feed and food market are imported. Experts from LeguNet want to change this, incorporating both conventional and organic farming methods.