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Conference paper - Peer-reviewed, 2018

Supporting smallholder farmers’ decisions on legume use in East Africa – the LegumeCHOICE approach

Duncan, A. J.; Öborn, Ingrid; Nziguheba, G.; Tamene, Temesgen; Muoni, Tarirai; Okeyo, I.; Shiluli, M.; Berhanu, Tadesse; Walangululu, J.; Vanlauwe, Bernard


East African farming systems are diverse but are generally characterized by mixed croplivestock production with a mix of cereals, roots, legumes, livestock and tree crops. Legumes offer many livelihood and natural resource management benefits but are generally underutilized in smallholder systems especially in the case of tree and forage legumes. Through a research for development project called LegumeCHOICE we developed a classification of multipurpose legumes and defined the various farm functions that each class and species fulfilled using an expert scoring system. We went on to develop a simple decision support tool based on this work to help decision makers prioritize different legume types to meet expressed needs of smallholders in East Africa when considering legume interventions.

Published in

Aspects of Applied Biology
2018, number: 138, pages: 85-92
Book title: Advances in Legume Science and Practice
Publisher: Association of Applied Biologists


Association of Applied Biologists, Advances in Legume Science and Practice, 21-22 March 2018 Glasgow

    SLU Authors

        • Vanlauwe, Bernard

          • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

        UKÄ Subject classification

        Agricultural Science

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