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Guide to velvet bean use in smallholder systems in Africa

This extension brief by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) researchers and their partners in Zimbabwe, explains the importance of velvet bean as a forage crop and the best practices in managing the crop.

Velvet bean–Mucuna pruriens var. utilis, also known as mucuna—is a twining annual leguminous vine common to most parts of the tropics. It can be grown for soil fertility, green manure and as a cover crop in conservation agriculture. It is also a high yielding leguminous forage crop—high in nitrogen (N)/crude protein content and is usually sown as an N-fixing ley crop or as a green manure crop to improve soil fertility.

Download the brief: The agronomy and use of Mucuna pruriens in smallholder farming systems in southern Africa

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