Improving soil fertility, productivity and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in northern Uganda by intensifying and diversification of pigeonpea cropping systems
Duration: 21/Aug/2017 - 21/Aug/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
The goal of this project is to improve soil fertility through atmospheric biological N fixation; and application of strategic amount of fertilizer microdosing and thus improve productivity, increase farmer income generation and food security. The project will result in intensification of production through inclusion of deep rooted improved pigeonpea varieties in an intercropping system with finger millet and groundnut. Pigeonpea productivity will increase and quality surpluses of pigeonpea, groundnut and finger millet will be traded, thus providing enhanced incomes for farmers.
As pigeonpea, groundnut and finger millet are mainly cultivated and managed by women farmers, the project will particularly increase farm incomes and food security benefits to women while the availability of firewood will reduce the burden on women in fetching wood for cooking and reduce deforestation.