When beans or peas (sometimes called legumes or pulses) are planted side-by-side or in rotation with cereal crops like rice or maize, several good things happen. First, the same plot of land now produces several types of food for consumption and for sale at the market. Further, beans and peas provide children with the protein they miss when they only eat cereals. There are also benefits for the soil – peas and beans are “nitrogen fixing” crops: they are able to make atmospheric nitrogen available to plants in the soil – including the maize or rice that grows beside it.
In Tanzania, we are working In partnership with a Tanzanian organization called Faida Market Link (Faida MaLi), to develop participatory radio strategies for farmers in the southern highlands of Tanzania on how to intercrop beans or peas with cereals as an Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) practice.
This project is funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
We want to give thanks to The McLean Foundation for supporting this project with additional funds, making it possible to impact even more farmers with these radio strategies.