Mozambique has one of the lowest bean yields per hectare in all of the southern Africa (SAf) region. Improvements in productivity are a boon for resource-poor households in the area as beans are highly nutritious, contribute to improved diets, food-security and income potential. In addition, beans contribute to increased soil health and yields of cereals in intercropping and rotation systems.
The SAf Community of Practice’s (CoP) P-efficient Legume project, led by the Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique, addresses these challenges and opportunities. The decade-long project has aimed to increase bean production and productivity in soils with low phosphorus availability by developing P-efficient genotypes, with the overall goal of increasing rural household food security and income. The SAf CoP recently highlighted the successful project in a publication titled: “Phosphorus Efficient Bean Project: Successes, Lessons, and Good Practices in Agroecological Intensification.”
Read more about project context, outputs and outcomes and conclusions by visiting the project report below or at http://www.ccrp.org/projects/p-efficient-legumes-iii, http://www.ccrp.org/sites/default/files/p-efficient_feature_sep2017.pdf