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On-farm legume experimentation to improve soil fertility in the Zimuto communal area, Zimbabwe: farmer perceptions and feedback

Author: Bernard, T.
Author: Shamudzarira, Z.
Author: Vaughan, C
Year: 2003
ISSN: 1665-045X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10883/546
Abstract: Soil fertility is an important limiting factor for smallholder agriculture in southern Africa. In 1999-2002 research was undertaken to identify and evaluate legume technology options for soil fertility improvement within the context of farmers’ livelihood and risk management strategies in Zimuto, Zimbabwe. Specific objectives included assessment of legume performance by land type, identification of legumes that best replenish soil fertility, and assessment of legume suitability in intercropping systems under smallholder conditions. Legumes were grown in both single crop and maize intercrop systems. Performance criteria were established through group discussions with farmers, and legume performance was later evaluated according to these criteria. Evaluation of legumes varied somewhat according to gender. Mucuna was found to be the overall most desirable legume for a single crop system, while pigeon pea and grahamiana were most desirable for the intercrop system. The greatest challenges in establishing legumes was found to be soil fertility and diseases and pests.
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: CIMMYT
Serie: Risk Management Working Paper Series
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Type: Book
Country focus: Zimbabwe
Region: Southern Africa
Place of Publication: Harare (Zimbabwe)
Pages: 21 pages
Serie Number: 03/02
Country of Focus: Zimbabwe
Agrovoc: CROPPING SYSTEMS
Agrovoc: FARMERS
Agrovoc: LEGUMES
Agrovoc: MAIZE
Agrovoc: PLANT DISEASES
Agrovoc: SOIL FERTILITY
Agrovoc: CROPPING SYSTEMS
Agrovoc: FARMERS
Agrovoc: LEGUMES
Agrovoc: MAIZE
Agrovoc: PLANT DISEASES
Agrovoc: SOIL FERTILITY


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    Sustainable intensification agriculture including topics on cropping systems, agronomy, soil, mechanization, precision agriculture, etc.

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