This text examines the characteristics and cultivation of chickpeas in a variety of different agricultural conditions and zones. It provides a complete manual of chickpea production, from basic biology, through cultivation and technology, to marketing and trade. Details are given for the control of pests and diseases, optimum growing conditions, harvesting and economics. Research on chickpea genetics and the development of improved cultivars is also covered. The book should be of interest to anyone involved in chickpea cultivation, from research scientists and students to extension workers in progressive farmers.