The project works on eight neglected and underutilized species (NUS) of mountain crops, namely, buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum and F. tararicum), cold tolerant rice (Oryza sativa), common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), finger millet (Eleusine coracana), foxtail millet (Setaria italica), grain amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus and A. leucocarpus), naked barley (Hordeum vulgare var. nudum), and proso millet (Panicum miliaceum).
All these crops are time tested reliable crops under unreliable environments. Farmers to continue maintain them because of their capacity adapt to biotic and abiotic stresses, require little external inputs and are adapted to unpredictable environments. Through research and development to address low-hanging bottlenecks the project intends to uncover the potential of these crops and help in reconnecting People, Land and Nature.