Improved Crop Varieties, Agronomic Practices, Soil Water Conservation Practices

Establishment of demonstration plots on improved crop varieties (maize, groundnuts, soybeans and beans) and best-bet agronomic pratices and soil and water conservation practices in Babati, Kongwa, kiteto, Mvomero, Mbozi, Kilosa and Kilolo in Tanzania. Training of lead farmers and extension staff to empower them with knowledge on improved technologies so that they can also train others.

This study contains data from different cereal legume rotation systems in northern Ghana.

About the project

Project title: Enhancing Partnership among Africa RISING (AR), NAFAKA and TUBORESHE CHAKULA (TUBOCHA) Programs for Fast-Tracking Delivery and Scaling of Agricultural Technologies in Tanzania

Project abstract


This project is implemented in partnership between Africa RISING research team and NAFAKA and focuses on scaling of agricultural technologies that include deployment of improved maize varieties and legumes (beans, soybean, groundnuts), deployment of improved water and soil conservation practices and improved good agricultural practices in Babati, Kongwa, Kiteto, Kilosa, Mvomero, Mbozi and Kilolo districts of Tanzania. The project is implemented by CIMMYT, IITA, CIAT, ICRAF, ARI-Hombolo, AMINATA Quality Seeds compnay, Meru Agro-Tours and Cosultants seed company, NAFAKA and Selian Agricultural Research Institute.

Project website: http://africa-rising.net

Project start date: 01/01/2014

Project end date : 09/30/2017

Participatory Variety Selection of Wheat, Barley, Broad Beans and Potato Combined with Double Cropping of Short Duration Crops

This data study contains data related to participatory variety selection (PVS) and double cropping of cereals, broad beans, and potato


About the project

Project title: Second Agreement Africa RISING (Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation: ILRI Contract No. ASSP-14/2014

Project abstract


The Ethiopian highlands are characterized by cereal-food legume production system where the productivity is very low due to pests, poor agronomic practices and growing of unimproved cultivars. Potato is becoming an integral parts of the production system of the highlands. Sustainability of cereals (wheat and barley) and potato is maintained through regular rotation with food legumes in small and main rainy seasons of the highlands. During the implementation of Africa RISING (AR) in Bale highlands and other projects, it was possible to identify high yielding cereal, broad beans and potato cultivars that can provide high yield and contribute to food security. However, many varieties are not tested in all the four AR sites. Moreover, there are early maturing legumes that can be used in double cropping with cereal and potato to increase land productivity in the highlands. Most of the wheat, barley, potato and broad beans cultivars released are developed with little or involvements of farmers and hence there is a need to put these varieties under PVS where farmers’ inputs will be considered. Therefore, this study/intervention is designed to evaluate cultivars of the four commodities following PVS approaches as well as testing double cropping to increase land productivity.

Project website: http://africa-rising.net

Project start date: 01/01/2014

Project end date : 06/30/2015

On-Farm Green Manure Cover Crop (GMCC) Intercropping Strategy Trial under Conservation Agriculture

This study contains data originated from on-farm trials that were conducted to provide viable options to smallholder farmers to improve soil fertility and human nutrition, to increase biomass for fodder and groundcover and to enhance the resilience of current farming systems against the negative effects of climate variability and change. Green manures or cover crop were used as the option. The trials were conducted at farms in Chipata and Lundazi districts of the eastern province of Zambia.
The following treatments were used for the trial:

  • Sole cropping maize
  • Maize – Pigeonpea intercropping
  • Maize – Pigeonpea intercropping with 60-day cowpea
  • Maize – Dolichos Lablab intercropping
  • Maize/Gliricidia sepium/pigeonpea intercrop (year 1: groundnuts/Gliricidia; Year 2 soybean/pigeonpea/Gliricidia; year 3 Maize/Pigeonpea/Gliricidia
  • Sustainable Intensification of Low-Input Agriculture Systems Zambia

    The datasets contain field level trial data on low-input agriculture systems in Zambia


    About the project

    Project title: AfricaRISING- Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume-Livestock Integrated Farming Systems in East and Southern Africa

    Project abstract

    Sustainable intensification of mixed crop-livestock systems is a key pathway towards better food security, improved livelihoods, and a healthy environment. As part of the US government’s Feed the Future initiative to address hunger and food security issues in sub-Saharan Africa, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting three multi-stakeholder agricultural research projects to sustainably intensify key African farming systems. In East and Southern Africa, the project is being implemented in Tanzania and Malawi, and Zambia. In Tanzania, the project is being implemented in Babati and Kongwa districts in Manyara region of northern Tanzania and Kiteto district in Dodoma region, central Tanzania. The action sites were selected to acknowledge agro-ecological differences, allow appropriate targeting of technologies and strategies, and complement the development efforts of another USAID-supported program, the Tanzania Staples Value Chain (NAFAKA) project. In Malawi, the project is being implemented in Ntechu and Dedza districts in central Malawi where maize-based productions systems are dominant. Agroecological considerations guided the identification of research action sites. The pilot site for the study will be Eastern and Lusaka Provinces in Zambia.

    Project website: http://africa-rising.net

    Project start date: 10/01/2015

    Project end date : 30/09/2017

    Doubled-Up Legume Systems Under Conservation Agriculture and Conventional Agriculture in Sinda, Chipata, and Lundazi, Zambia

    This study contains data originated from on-farm trials that were conducted to test and demonstrate the crop yield and economic benefits derived from conservation agriculture (CA) systems on smallholder farms where the ridge and furrow tillage system is the traditional practice. The farm trials were conducted at six farms in Chipata, Lundazi, and Sinda districts of the eastern province of Zambia. In each site, the trials were replicated four times and had two general treatment sets:1)conservation agriculture; and 2) Conventional ridge and furrow systems.

    The sub-treatments were:

  • Sole cropping groundnuts
  • Sole cropping pigeonpea
  • Full population of groundnuts + half population of pigeonpea
  • Full population of groundnuts and pigeon
  • The trials were conducted over multiple years:

  • Year 1: Legume phase
  • Year 2: Maize phase + legume phase
  • Year 3: Legume phase + maize phase
  • Conservation Agriculture Mother Trials in Chipata, Lundazi, and Sinda, Zambia

    This study contains data originated from on-farm trials that were conducted to test and demonstrate the crop yield and economic benefits derived from manual and animal traction conservation agriculture (CA) systems on smallholder farms where the ridge and furrow tillage system is the traditional practice. The farm trials were conducted at six farms in Chipata, Lundazi, and Sinda districts of the eastern province of Zambia. In each site, the trials were replicated four times and had two general treatment sets:1) manual CA; and 2) animal traction CA.


    The manual CA system trial consisted of three treatments and these treatments were compared with conventional ridge and furrow practice at each farmer’s field. The four treatments including control were:

  • Conventional ridge and furrow with continuous sole maize (CRF);
  • No-tillage / Dibblestick CA system with continuous sole maize;
  • Dibblestick CA system with maize intercropped with cowpea;
  • Dibblestick CA with maize rotated with legumes

  • The animal traction CA system consisted of two treatments that were compared with a conventional ridge and furrow practice at each farmer’s field. The three treatments including control were:

  • Conventional ridge and furrow with continuous sole maize (CRF);
  • Animal traction (AT) ripline seeding with continuous sole maize;
  • Animal traction (AT) ripline seeding with maize rotated with legumes