Improving soil fertility, productivity and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Tanzania through intensification and diversification of pigeonpea cropping systems
Duration: 26/May/2017 - 26/May/2017
Locations: Eastern and Southern Africa
Project contact: Said N Silim
Donor: Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)-Kenya
CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes,Dryland Systems
The goal of this project is to diversify income sources and increase farmer income generation and food security; improve soil fertility through atmospheric biological N fixation; and reverse the ongoing environmental degradation through provision of alternative sources of firewood to rural families by integrating pigeonpea into the production systems of northern and eastern zones of Tanzania. The project will result in intensification of production through inclusion of deep-rooted improved pigeonpea varieties in an intercropping system with cereals. Pigeonpea productivity will increase and quality surpluses will be traded, thus providing incomes to farmers. Phosphorus-based microdosing will enhance atmospheric biological N fixation of pigeonpea, which will be available to maize and thus increase its productivity. The objective, therefore, is to increase the productivity of the production system through improved soil fertility which will result in surplus production of both maize and pigeonpea.