The Role of Legumes in the Farming Systems of the Mediterranean Areas

Proceedings of a Workshop on the Role of Legumes in the Farming Systems of the Mediterranean Areas UNDP/ICARDA, Tunis, June 20–24, 1988

  • A. E. Osman
  • M. H. Ibrahim
  • M. A. Jones

Part of the Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences book series (DPSS, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. A Global and Regional Overview of the Role of Legumes in Farming Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. A. M. Nassib, A. Rammah, A. H. A. Hussein
      Pages 51-61
    3. N. I. Haddad, B. A. Snobar
      Pages 77-83
    4. B. Mawlawi, M. W. Tawil
      Pages 105-114
    5. M. H. Halila, A. B. K. Dahmane, H. Seklani
      Pages 115-129
  3. The Role of Legumes in Human and Animal Nutrition

  4. The Role of Legumes in Crop-Livestock Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163

About this book

Introduction

Legumes are an important source of protein for humans and animals. They provide nutritionally rich crop residues for animal feed, and playa key role in maintaining the productivity of soils particularly through biological nitro­ gen fixation. They are, therefore, of immense value in rainfed farming systems. The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) has a responsibility for research on food, pasture, and forage legumes. The Center also has the broad objective of improving livestock production in rainfed farming systems. Although food legumes have be~n known and grown by farmers in the WANA region for a long time, their productivity has remained low and variable. Forage legumes, on the other hand, are not so well known by farmers of the region, and their role in the farming systems is not so well understood. Thus, we need to develop the concept of using forage legumes as crops and to fit them into cropping systems. In its efforts to increase the productivity of food legumes and develop the legume-based crop/livestock systems, ICARDA has established a network of scientists in the different National Agricultural Research Systems in the region. To further strengthen this network, ICARDA convened a workshop on 'The Role of Legumes in the Farming Systems of Mediterranean Areas' in Tunis, Tunisia, 20-24 June 1988. This workshop was co-sponsored by UNDP, who also contributed funds for this publication.

Keywords

cereals food nutrition population system

Editors and affiliations

  • A. E. Osman
    • 1
  • M. H. Ibrahim
    • 1
  • M. A. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)AleppoSyria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-1019-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6949-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1019-5
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