Intensification of maize-legume based systems in the semi-arid areas of Tanzania (Kongwa and Kiteto districts) to increase farm productivity and improve the farming natural resource base
Duration: 01/Jan/2013 - 30/Nov/2013
Locations: Eastern and Southern Africa,Tanzania
Donor: CGIAR,International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)-Nigeria
CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes
This project is a follow-up of activities initially conducted in 2011- 2012 as part of the Africa RISING activities in Tanzania targeting the districts of Kongwa and Kiteto. Based on lessons learnt, we now propose wider and intensified activities that will harness on-farm adoptive and developmental research collaboration between researchers from the CGIAR Centers and the NARS. This effort will enhance access to, as well as use of technologies by smallholder farmers to improve their productivity and livelihoods. We seek to achieve two outcomes that speak to the program research and development outcomes. Our specific action project outcomes are to: (a) Increase productivity of maize and legume-based cropping systems with yield increases of up to 100% and 80% for maize and pigeonpea respectively, to ameliorate food security, nutrition security and poverty; (b) Improve land productivity (greater returns to investments, labor productivity and per unit outputs) and ecosystem management that can lead to sustainable resilient and productive farming and cropping systems in project action areas.