An Analysis of Malawi’s Pigeon Pea Value Chain


June 1, 2018 - Author: <> and Flora J. Nankhuni

Nathalie M. Me-Nsope and Flora J. Nankhuni, 2018. An Analysis of Malawi’s Pigeon Pea Value Chain, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Paper 98. East Lansing: Michigan State University

Pigeon pea (Cajunus Cajan) is a crop that is well adapted in the semi-arid tropics. The legume is also highly drought tolerant (compared to maize, tobacco and cotton), and its long taproot is advantageous in accessing nutrients in deeper soil profiles (Snapp et al. 2003). The crop is also well adapted to the needs of poor smallholder farmers in the semi-arid tropics (Jones, Freeman, and Le Monaco 2002), because compared to maize, an important cash crop in Malawi, pigeon pea production is less resource intensive. Because of its adaptation to the agro-ecology in eastern Kenya, southern Malawi, northern Mozambique, southern Tanzania and northern Uganda, pigeon pea is a legume of choice grown by local population and the crop is particularly important in the diets in these regions (Jones, Freeman, and Le Monaco 2002). ...



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