Common beans: Benefits for farmers engaging in market-oriented production

Miguel, M and Mwakiwa, E and Sambule, N and Kee Tui, S H and Rainde, J O and Coma, G P and Manda, D (2015) Common beans: Benefits for farmers engaging in market-oriented production.

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In areas like Dororo, in Manica district, Central Mozambique, commercialization of common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is one of the most important strategies for farmers to improve their livelihoods. Young farmers and women especially invest in common beans as a way to build their assets and secure their family needs. Engaging in an Innovation Platform (IP), these farmers have learned that they can benefit more from common beans. Farmers observed how the integration of legume crops (common beans and mucuna) and livestock for soil fertility management through crop rotation, cover crops and manure reduces the dependence on external inputs. Combined with draft power animal management this has increased productivity and production of common beans. The IP has empowered farmers’ participation in markets. Farmers became more organized. Increased production and productivity allowed farmers to sell larger volumes in bulk. They now collectively decide at what time they would sell their produce and at what price, expecting 50% higher revenues than what they would get by selling individually. This leaflet illustrates common bean production and market practices generated through demonstrations in the MOREP project. They are useful for farmers in similar environments like in Manica district.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Common Beans, Beans, Market Oriented Production
Subjects: Others > Food Legumes
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2015 09:00
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 10:40
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Projects: Developing resilient and profitable rural livelihood systems in semi-arid Mozambique: A conceptual approach (2012-2015) (MOREP)
Funders: Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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