Cowpea as a key factor for a new approach to integrated crop–livestock systems research in the dry savannas of West Africa

Tarawali, S A and Singh, B B and Gupta, S S and Tabo, R and Harris, F and Nokoe, S and Fernández-Rivera, S and Bationo, A and Manyong, V M and Makinde, K and Odion, E C (2003) Cowpea as a key factor for a new approach to integrated crop–livestock systems research in the dry savannas of West Africa. In: Challenges and opportunities for enhancing sustainable cowpea production, 4 - 7 September 2000, IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria.

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Abstract

Agriculture in the dry savannas is intensifying in response to increasing populations of humans and livestock. As a result, increased productivity demands are placed upon integrated crop–livestock systems and more emphasis is on the roles of legumes such as cowpea. Cowpea has the potential to function as a key integrating factor in intensifying systems through supplying protein in the human diet, and fodder for livestock, and bringing nitrogen into the farming system through nitrogen fi xation. This paper describes the development and evaluation of integrated “best-bet” options which maximize the benefi ts of cowpea and addresses aspects of improved crop varieties, crop and livestock management, nutrient cycling, and soil fertility. The approach used includes a multicenter, multidisciplinary approach to working with farmers which combines complementary strengths of previous component research involving crops and livestock by key international and national research institutions in the region.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Cow Pea; Dry Savannas; Crop–livestock System
Subjects: Others > Food Legumes
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 28 May 2015 10:41
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 10:41
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/8758
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