Here in Lazio 40km NE of Rome Italy, at 420m asl I plant chickpeas (and peas, fava and roveya, or Moca in the local dialect, Pisum sativum ssp arvense) in october around the olives on a north facing slope. Don't seem to have many problems with wilt or any viruses/bacteria/funghi, just the rodents, which are able to pinpoint the mature peas from May onwards. I can harvest in july, but by august they're drier and shuck more easily (buts its still a palaver, and maybe I lose quite a few more). Its a windy site, but the local variety is bush forming, maybe 50-60cm tall, so I don't bother with supports, just plenty of mulch/woodchips.
Anybody have experience with cultivating sesame out there?