Demeter Seed is producing cowpea seed in Malawi for Malawi.
The cowpea is an annual legume. Due to its tolerance for sandy soil and low rainfall it is an important crop in Malawi. It requires very few inputs, as the plants root nodules are able to fix atmospheric nitrogen, making it a valuable crop for resource poor farmers and well-suited to intercropping with other crops. The whole plant is used as forage for animals, with its use as cattle feed likely responsible for its name.