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Guide to lablab bean use in smallholder systems in Africa

This extension brief, by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) researchers and their partners in Zimbabwe, explains explains the best cultivation and management practices for lablab bean and its importance as a forage crop.

Lablab bean (Lablab purpureus), is a drought-tolerant twining legume native to tropical and sub-tropical areas of Africa. It can be grown as a single green manure crop or intercropped with maize or sorghum to improve soil fertility or grown as a cover crop to suppress weeds and to provide nitrogen-rich mulch in conservation agriculture.

In east and central Africa, an in parts of Asia, it is mostly used as a pulse crop and both the green pods and mature seeds can be consumed by humans.

Download the brief: The agronomy and use of Lablab purpureus in smallholder farming systems of southern Africa

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