Intercropping taro and bambara groundnut

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Curated Content
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T. Mabhaudhi

A.T. Modi

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October, 2014
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Intercropping involves the cultivation of two or more crops on the same field in both space and time. It is a farming practice that has existed throughout history and one which mimics natural diversity. Intercropping has several advantages over monocropping which include improved resource utilization of light, water and nutrients, as well as yield stability over time. It is a practice that historically contributed towards food security within communities. It offers a sustainable alternative to the more widely practiced monocropping. However, it has been widely regarded as a primitive practice and this has created a scenario whereby there was scant research done on intercropping. 

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Water Research Commission of South Africa

Bambara, Intercropping, Landraces, LER, Taro
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T. Mabhaudhi
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Crop Science, School of Agricultural, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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