Agroforestry Systems

, Volume 6, Issue 1–3, pp 97–118 | Cite as

Studies withGliricidia sepium for crop/livestock production systems in West Africa

  • A. N. Atta-Krah
  • J. E. Sumberg


This paper reports for progress of research onGliricidia sepium conducted by the Humid Zone Programme (HZP) of the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA) at Ibadan in Southwest Nigeria in the period 1982–1986. It examines the biological characteristics of the species, with respect to growth, flowering and seed production, and analyses its potential for improving crop production (through soil fertility maintenance) and livestock production (through production of improved fodder). Integration ofGliricidia into cropping systems is necessary for optimum realisation of its crop improvement quality. The alley farming system is presented in the paper as one means of achieving sustainability in crop production through integration of trees, such asGliricidia, into cropping systems. The use ofGliricidia in Intensive Feed Gardens, for production of leguminous fodder is also described as an alternative production system. The paper finally reports on experiences with local farmers in on-farm research and development for the integration ofGliricidia andLeucaena into local farming systems. It ends with a suggestion for more research, targetted specifically at improvement of the species and its utilisation.

Key words

Gliricidia sepium germplasm evaluation production systems soil fertility fodder alley farming feed gardens West Africa 


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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. N. Atta-Krah
    • 1
  • J. E. Sumberg
    • 2
  1. 1.ILCA Humid Zone ProgrammeIbadanNigeria
  2. 2.ILCA Humid Zone ProgrammeIbadanNigeria

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