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TN #73 Lablab (Lablab purpureus)
A New Staple Crop for the Sudano Sahel
By: Dov Pasternak
About 98% of agricultural production in the Sudano Sahelian region of West and Central Africa is based on rainfed crops. With a mean annual rainfall of 300 to 800 mm/year, the number of staple crops is very limited. It includes two grain crops: pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) for sandy soils and grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) for heavier soils. (Corn is grown in high rainfall regions.) Two pulses are also produced: cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) and groundnuts (Arachis hypogaea).