Dryland Intercropping of Lentil and Quinoa is Sustainable and Profitable
Jan 19 2022
A factsheet detailing ICARDA’s success at relay-cropping lentil and quinoa crops in Morocco has been added to the World Overview of Conservation Approach and Technologies (WOCAT), which database compiles over 1500 sustainable land management practices.
For this experiment, conducted at ICARDA’s Marchouch research station near Rabat, leading agronomist and Conservation Agriculture expert Dr. Mina Devkota intercropped quinoa with lentils in relay.
“Relay cropping consists in sowing the second crop [quinoa] before the main crop [lentil] is harvested, on a given piece of land that is either cultivated or fallow,” she explains.
Lentil is a major food-legume crop in Morocco that features prominently in local and North African cuisines. Moroccan farmers cultivate lentils by sowing two rows of the legume close to each other and leaving a wider strip of land fallow on each side.