Brief / DRYLANDS-CRP / IITA / Intensification / Legumes / Malawi / Pigeonpea / Research / Southern Africa

Doubled-up legume technology in Malawi boosts land productivity

Intercropping two legumes with different growth habits is a relatively new practice in Malawi, but it could hold the key to sustainably intensifying smallholder agriculture in the country.

Through research by Africa RISING on the doubled-up legume technology, farmers in the country are getting double benefits (increased land productivity and soil fertility) by adopting this practice.The doubled-up legume technology involves intercropping two grain legumes, exploiting the opportunity presented by different/complementary growth habits and plant architecture.

This research brief explains the most successful doubled-up legume intercropping system using pigeon pea intercropped with groundnut.

Click here to read the brief

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