Enhancing Pigeonpea Productivity and Production in Eastern and Southern Africa uri icon


  • In ESA, Tanzanian and Malawian NARS implemented the pigeonpea research and development activitiesin close partnership with ICRISAT-Nairobi, farmers, NGOs, CBOs and all other major stakeholders. Theproject was implemented in Babati (Manyara Region), Karatu (Arusha Region) and Kilosa (MorogoroRegion) districts of Tanzania. In Malawi, on-farm research and promotion activities were carried out in14 districts spanning from Southern (Balaka, Blantyre, Machinga, Mwanza, Zomba), Central (Kasungu,Mchinji, Ntcheu, Ntchisi, Salima), and Northern (Chitipa, Karonga, Mzimba, Rumphi) regions duringthe Phase 1.During this phase, a major success was on fast tracking the release of two medium duration pigeonpeavarieties (ICEAP 00557 and ICEAP 01514/15) in Malawi. The new releases in Malawi were a landmarkbecause there had been no released medium duration pigeonpea varieties in the past. With this, thenumber of pigeonpea varieties released in Malawi rose to six (2 short, 2 medium and 2 long durationgroup). In Tanzania, 2 medium (ICEAP 00554, and ICEAP 00557) and 2 long duration varieties (ICEAP00053 and ICEAP 00932) are being evaluated under National Performance Trials (NPT) and are in finalstages of the release process

publication date

  • 2012