Farmer's primer on growing cowpea on riceland (Spanish)
Cowpea can be grown either before or after rice enriches food production from a land area. Cowpea enriches teh soil, helps break the pest and disease cycle that occurs in continuous cropping, and adds to farm income. Nutritionally, cowpea complements rice, adding protein to largely starchy subsistence diets.
Grown for centuries in the tropics, cowpea is well adapted to prevailing environmental stresses. The crop tolerates drought and can grow on poor, even acid soils. Improved short- or medium-duration varieties from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) can be profitably fitted into a wide range of cropping systems as a food, fodder, or green manure crop requiring minimum inputs.