Together with ILVO, Inagro, three producers of chickpeas, three processors (Greenyard, Deldiche and Abinda), supermarket chain Delhaize and the NGO Rikolto, Arteveldehogeschool will investigate for two years how the chickpea grown in Flanders can become economically viable. The research project KIKET (unleashing the local cultivation of chickpeas) fits in with the so-called protein strategy of the Flemish government, which wants to make the production and consumption of proteins more sustainable and diverse.
After all, proteins are an important component of human and animal nutrition. We get them from meat, fish, eggs and dairy, but also from cereal products, legumes and nuts. Because the current model of protein production and consumption is under pressure worldwide, due to challenges such as food security, health and environmental impact, the Flemish government has allocated 3.5 million euros to realise its protein strategy.