Fighting Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Multiple Roles of Legumes in Integrated Soil Fertility Management

Editors: Bationo, A., Waswa, B., Okeyo, J.M., Maina, F., Kihara, J., Mokwunye, U. (Eds.)

  • A comprehensive review of research experiences on legumes in sub Saharan Africa
  • Presents a regional perspective of legume production systems for sub Saharan Africa
  • Contribution from a multi-disciplinary team of experts
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Inclusion of legumes in cropping systems can play an increasingly important role to maintain soil fertility and sustain crop production. Legumes are an important source of nutrition to both humans and livestock by providing the much needed protein, minerals, fiber and vitamins. The sale of legumes seed, leaves and fiber generates income for the marginalized communities especially women in the dryland areas. Cultivation of legumes is essential for the regeneration of nutrient-deficient soils. Legumes can be incorporated into cropping systems as green manure, intercropped or rotated with cereals and as leguminous shrubs in improved fallow systems. By biologically fixing nitrogen (BNF) in the soil, legumes provide a relatively low-cost method of replacing otherwise expensive inorganic nitrogen in the soil. Legumes also improve other soil physical properties, provide ground cover and reduce soil erosion, increase soil organic matter, cation exchange capacity, microbial activity and lowers soil temperature and suppress weeds and pests. All these beneficial effects result in enhanced soil fertility and boosts subsequent cereal crop yields. Legumes therefore play an important role of improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers around the world. 

Despite the above benefits, production of legumes in SSA is hampered by a number of constraints. Most soils in SSA are deficient in key nutrients especially phosphorus that is essential for proper legume establishment. Other limitations include low soil pH, high salinity, drought and flooding. Legume production is also hindered by new diseases, pests, and weeds, which farmers need to learn how to control if the full benefits of legumes are to be gained. Beyond the abiotic factors are issues of access to inputs (improved seed and fertilizers), markets and access to relevant production information. This book presents a synthesis of research work on legumes and draws attention to the importance of legumes in integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) and poverty alleviation in SSA.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Agro-Ecological Distribution of Legumes in Farming Systems and Identification of Biophysical Niches for Legumes Growth

    Nandwa, S. M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • Socio-Economic Contribution of Legumes to Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Odendo, M. (et al.)

    Pages 27-46

  • Inter and Intra-Specific Variation of Legumes and Mechanisms to Access and Adapt to Less Available Soil Phosphorus and Rock Phosphate

    Nandwa, S. M. (et al.)

    Pages 47-66

  • Legume Based Cropping and Soil Biodiversity Dynamics

    Karanja, N. K. (et al.)

    Pages 67-83

  • Strategies to Adapt, Disseminate and Scale Out Legume Based Technologies

    Mugendi, D. N. (et al.)

    Pages 85-116

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fighting Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Multiple Roles of Legumes in Integrated Soil Fertility Management
Editors
  • Andre Bationo
  • Boaz Waswa
  • Jeremiah M. Okeyo
  • Fredah Maina
  • Job Kihara
  • Uzo Mokwunye
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1536-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1536-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1535-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9935-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 246
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