This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Principally based on Projects R7540, R7541, R8098, R8221, R8269. A new
cropping system helps farmers grow two crops a year where before they
could only grow one. The new system combines early ripening varieties of
rice with chickpeas. Because the rice can be harvested early, there's
time to sow a chickpea crop to take advantage of the moisture still left
in the soil. Previously the rice ripened too late and the land was left
fallow. Now, farmers can grow an extra crop, a big advantage where there
is no irrigation. Farmers in India, Nepal and Bangladesh are growing
chickpeas—popular because they fetch good prices—and also lentils,
mungbean, pigeonpea, field pea, buckwheat, horsegram and vegetables.
This system could impact over 15 million hectares of fallow land in
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (16 pp.) taken from the CD.
PSP35, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 38.