Enhancing the adoption of animal traction conservation agriculture (CA) technologies in maize-based farming systems in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia uri icon


  • Crop yields in southern Africa are generally low compared to the world average and the average of developing regions. Thus, this calls for the identification of more sustainable strategies that are capable of increasing yields. Amongst the possible strategies is conservation agriculture (CA). This data set emanates from a study that seeks to investigate the effects of animal traction CA technologies as compared to the traditional farmers practice (ploughing with a mouldboard plough). The CA treatments included basins (BA), ripping (RI) and direct seeder (DS). Also superimposed to the treatments are rotations of maize with a grain legume (soyabean, cowpea, groundnut and beans) and these are compared with continuous maize planting while in Malawi intercrops with pigeon pea were used. The study is carried out in various communities in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. In the sandier soils, cowpea was planted instead of soyabean. Thus, the data set presents yields for maize and the legumes from these sites over 12 seasons (2005-2017)

publication date

  • 2017