Pulse crops for sustainable farms in Sub-Saharan Africa
- by Sieglinde Snapp, Maryam Rahmanian, and Caterina Batello ; edited by Teodardo Calles.
- Rome : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2018.
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- x, 47 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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- Snapp, Sieglinde S., author.
- Rahmanian, Maryam, author.
- Batello, Caterina, author.
- Calles, Teodardo, editor.
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, issuing body.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 38-47).
- Pulse cultivation in Africa
- Pulse/legume options for farming system niches
- How to promote pulses and legumes
- Research priorities
- Conclusions and recommendations
- Key recommendations
- Publisher's Summary
- Food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa is a problem affecting 153 million individuals (ca. 25%). This problem could be worsen by the ongoing soil degradation, being cause by the reduction of soil organic matter and insufficient nutrient supply. Over 75% of the agricultural land in Africa could be classified as degraded by 2020. This situation can compromise food production in sub-Saharan Africa, both quantitatively and qualitatively, and the sustainability of existing agricultural production systems. The use of fertiliser could revert this situation; however, Africa has almost no capacity to produce fertilisers (African fertilisers production facilities work mainly in blending fertilisers) and therefore fertilisers are produced elsewhere outside Africa and transported from long distances at great expenses. This situation grants to sub-Saharan Africa farmers only a very limited access to fertilisers, thus increasing the risk of soil degradation. Pulses have a long history in sub-Saharan Africa due to their multiple benefits. Pulses, and legumes in general, can play an important role in agriculture because their ability to biologically fix atmospheric nitrogen and to enhance the biological turnover of phosphorous; thus they could become the cornerstone of sustainable agriculture in Africa. In this sense, there is a body of literature that points to diversification of existing production systems; particularly legumes species, which provides critical environmental services, including soil erosion control and soil nutrient recapitalization. This publication is a review of some of the promising strategies to support pulses cultivation and utilisation on smallholder farms in sub-Saharan Africa. The review is part of the legacy of the International Year of Pulses (IYP), which sought to recognize the contribution that pulses make to human well-being and the environment.
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