Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.), native to Africa and a member of the Fabaceae family, is a primary source of protein in sub-Saharan Africa, where it is grown for fresh and dry grains, foliage, and forage. Cowpea is important also in parts of Asia, South America and the USA. Because of its adaptability to harsh conditions, cowpea is a successful crop in arid and semiarid regions where few other crops perform well. Cowpea is important to the nutrition and income of smallholder farmers in Africa, while also contributing to sustainability of the cropping system through fixation of atmospheric nitrogen and prevention of soil erosion.... [more]

Group Photo from Cowpea Modern Breeding Workshop 27-28 February 2016, Protea Hotel, Livingstone, Zambia

Front: Joseph Batieno, Maria Munoz-Amatriain, Arsenio Ndeve, Bao-Lam Huynh, Antoine Barro, Felicien Zida. Middle: Sassoum Lo, Francis Kusi, Philip Roberts, Timothy Close, Penda Sarr, Christian Fatokun, Salim Lamini, Emmanuel Owusu. Back: Nouhoun Belko, Moussa Diangar, Ndiaga Cisse, Ousmane Boukar, Issa Drabo, Tracy Powell. Photo: Sheila Close.

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