Conservation Agriculture

  • Filename: conservation-agriculture.
  • ISBN: 9783319116204
  • Release Date: 2014-12-03
  • Number of pages: 665
  • Author: Muhammad Farooq
  • Publisher: Springer



Conservation agriculture—consisting of four components including permanent soil cover, minimum soil disturbance, diversified crop rotations and integrated weed management—is considered the principal pathway to sustainable agriculture and the conservation of natural resources and the environment. Leading researchers in the field describe the basic principles of conservation agriculture, and synthesize recent advances and developments in conservation agriculture research. This book is a ready reference on conservation agriculture and reinforces the understanding for its utilization to develop environmentally sustainable and profitable food production systems. The book describes various elements of conservation agriculture; highlights the associated breeding and modeling efforts; analyses the experiences and challenges in conservation agriculture in different regions of the world; and proposes some pragmatic options and new areas of research in this very important area of agriculture.

Conservation Agriculture

  • Filename: conservation-agriculture.
  • ISBN: 3319350552
  • Release Date: 2016-09-10
  • Number of pages: 665
  • Author: Muhammad Farooq
  • Publisher: Springer



Conservation agriculture—consisting of four components including permanent soil cover, minimum soil disturbance, diversified crop rotations and integrated weed management—is considered the principal pathway to sustainable agriculture and the conservation of natural resources and the environment. Leading researchers in the field describe the basic principles of conservation agriculture, and synthesize recent advances and developments in conservation agriculture research. This book is a ready reference on conservation agriculture and reinforces the understanding for its utilization to develop environmentally sustainable and profitable food production systems. The book describes various elements of conservation agriculture; highlights the associated breeding and modeling efforts; analyses the experiences and challenges in conservation agriculture in different regions of the world; and proposes some pragmatic options and new areas of research in this very important area of agriculture.

The Economics of Conservation Agriculture

  • Filename: the-economics-of-conservation-agriculture.
  • ISBN: 9251046875
  • Release Date: 2001-01-01
  • Number of pages: 65
  • Author:
  • Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.



Conservation agriculture aims to make better use of agricultural resources through the integrated management of available soil, water and biological resources, combined with limited external inputs. This study examines the financial and non-financial factors that affect the adoption and success of conservation agriculture at farm, national and global levels.

Conservation Agriculture in Subsistence Farming

  • Filename: conservation-agriculture-in-subsistence-farming.
  • ISBN: 9781780644233
  • Release Date: 2015-06-16
  • Number of pages: 278
  • Author: Catherine Chan
  • Publisher: CABI



Conservation agriculture systems have long-term impacts on livelihoods, agricultural production, gender equity, and regional economic development of tribal societies in South Asia. This book presents South Asia as a case study, due to the high soil erosion caused by monsoon rainfall and geophysical conditions in the region, which necessitate conservation agriculture approaches, and the high percentage of people in South Asia relying on subsistence and traditional farming. The book takes an interdisciplinary approach to analyse systems at scales ranging from household to regional and national levels.

Conservation Agriculture

  • Filename: conservation-agriculture.
  • ISBN: 9781780642598
  • Release Date: 2013-12-13
  • Number of pages: 424
  • Author: Ram A. Jat
  • Publisher: CABI



The book covers the spread of conservation agriculture (CA) to regions including Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Australia, Europe and emerging CA destinations in Asia and Africa. ÿTopics covered include the various components of CA, and how their individual and combined implementation influence productivity, soil health and environmental quality under diverse edaphic and climatic conditions. The book will be useful to teachers, researchers, extensionists, farmers, and students interested in environmental quality.

Biodiversity Biofuels Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture

  • Filename: biodiversity-biofuels-agroforestry-and-conservation-agriculture.
  • ISBN: 9048195136
  • Release Date: 2010-09-24
  • Number of pages: 394
  • Author: Eric Lichtfouse
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



Sustainable agriculture is a rapidly growing field aiming at producing food and energy in a sustainable way for our children. This discipline addresses current issues such as climate change, increasing food and fuel prices, starvation, obesity, water pollution, soil erosion, fertility loss, pest control and biodiversity depletion. Novel solutions are proposed based on integrated knowledge from agronomy, soil science, molecular biology, chemistry, toxicology, ecology, economy, philosophy and social sciences. As actual society issues are now intertwined, sustainable agriculture will bring solutions to build a safer world. This book series analyzes current agricultural issues, and proposes alternative solutions, consequently helping all scientists, decision-makers, professors, farmers and politicians wishing to build safe agriculture, energy and food systems for future generations.

Conservation Agriculture

  • Filename: conservation-agriculture.
  • ISBN: 9789811025587
  • Release Date: 2016-11-15
  • Number of pages: 559
  • Author: Jaideep Kumar Bisht
  • Publisher: Springer



This book showcases a compilation of case studies presented by scientists, teachers and academics and covers contemporary technologies for combating climate change, including sustainable agricultural management practices and conservation agriculture. It highlights the situations that future generations in the Indian Himalayas will face, and addresses the major challenges for tomorrow’s generations in their efforts to ensure sufficient food production for the global population. It also sheds light on the factors that are routinely ignored in connection with agricultural management practices for sustainable food production and risk assessment. Lastly, it illustrates the need to develop a comprehensive master plan for strategic planning, including conservation agriculture practices that address poverty and food security in the wake of climate change impacts.

No tillage Seeding in Conservation Agriculture

  • Filename: no-tillage-seeding-in-conservation-agriculture.
  • ISBN: 9781845931162
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 326
  • Author: C. John Baker
  • Publisher: CABI



The 'what' and 'why' of no-tillage farming. The benefits of no-tillage. The nature of risk in no-tillage. Seeding openers and slot shape. The role of slot cover. Drilling into dry soils. Drilling into wet soils. Seed depth, placement and metering. Fertilizer placement. Residue handling. Comparing surface disturbance and low-disturbance disc openers. No-tillage for forage production. No-tillage drill and planter design: large-scale machines. No-tillage drill and planter design: small-scale machines. Managing a no-tillage seeding system. Controlled-traffic farming as a complementary practice to no-tillage. Reduced environmental emissions and carbon sequestration. Some economic comparisons. Procedures for development and technology transfer.

Conservation Agriculture

  • Filename: conservation-agriculture.
  • ISBN: 9789401711432
  • Release Date: 2013-04-17
  • Number of pages: 516
  • Author: Luis Garcia-Torres
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



In large parts of the developed and developing worlds soil tillage by plough or hoe is the main cause of land degradation leading to stagnating or even declining production levels and increasing production cost. It causes the soil to become more dense and compacted, the organic matter content to be reduced and water runoff and soil erosion to increase. It also leads to droughts becoming more severe and the soil becoming less fertile and less responsive to fertiliser. This book brings together the key notes lectures and other outstanding contributions of the I World Congress on Conservation Agriculture and provides an updated view of the environment and economic advantages of CA and of its implementation in diferent areas of the World.

Enhancing Crop livestock Systems in Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Production Intensification

  • Filename: enhancing-crop-livestock-systems-in-conservation-agriculture-for-sustainable-production-intensification.
  • ISBN: 925106508X
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 52
  • Author:
  • Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org



This is a story about how FAO assisted groups of farmers in five farming communities in the moist savanna zone of South Western Burkina Faso to enhance their crop-livestock systems through Conservation Agriculture (CA) practices, including crop diversification, using an innovative farmer discovery process, to bring about agricultural intensification and improvement in livelihoods. FAO worked with a range of stakeholders including the farmers and their communities to create convergence and enable a farmer-based discovery process to experiment with a set of fundamentally new principles and elements in their farming practices for integrated crop-livestock production intensification. The positive outcomes offer a real promise and an opportunity for bringing about a large scale impact on agricultural productivity and livelihoods in the moist savanna zone West Africa. This publication describes the multi-stakeholder process which led the successful outcomes, and the opportunity for a greater change that now exists and should be harnessed for sustainable agriculture development, nationally and regionally.

Conservation Agriculture

  • Filename: conservation-agriculture.
  • ISBN: 9251046255
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 69
  • Author: Alexandra Bot
  • Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.



The purpose of this publication is to show how conservation agriculture can increase crop production while reducing erosion and reversing soil fertility decline, improving rural livelihoods and restoring the environment in developing countries. Soil organic matter and biological activity in the rooting zone, stimulated by continual additions of fresh organic material (crop residues and cover crops) are the basis of conservation agriculture, as described in the first chapter.

Conservation Agriculture for Africa

  • Filename: conservation-agriculture-for-africa.
  • ISBN: 1780645686
  • Release Date: 2017-01-31
  • Number of pages: 450
  • Author: Amir Kassam
  • Publisher:



Tillage agriculture has led to widespread soil and ecosystem degradation globally. This is especially so in Africa where traditional and modern tillage-based agricultural practices have become unsustainable due to severe disturbance and exploitation of natural resources, with negative impacts on the environment and rural livelihoods. In addition, agriculture in Africa today faces major challenges including increased costs of production and energy, the effects of climate change, and the lack of an effective paradigm for sustainable intensification, especially for small- and medium-size holdings. Africa is facing a serious challenge to food security and as a continent has not advanced towards eradicating hunger. In addition, the population is still growing much faster than on most other continents. This pressure has led to the emergence of no-till conservation agriculture as a serious alternative sustainable agriculture paradigm. In Africa, in recent years, conservation agriculture techniques and methods have spread to many countries, as greater development, education and research effort are directed towards its extension and uptake. This book is aimed at agricultural researchers and scientists, educationalists, and agricultural service providers, institutional leaders and policy makers working in the fields of sustainable agriculture and international development, and also at agroecologists, conservation scientists, and those working on ecosystem services. This book: � Focuses on research and development initiatives in Africa aimed at building resilient farming systems based on conservation agriculture principles and practices. � Summarises the status of conservation agriculture in Africa today and prospects for its future development in Africa as a basis for sustainable agriculture intensification. � Describes case studies showing the performance of conservation agriculture in Africa.

Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Crop Intensification in Karatu District Tanzania

  • Filename: conservation-agriculture-and-sustainable-crop-intensification-in-karatu-district-tanzania.
  • ISBN: 925107173X
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Author: Marietha Owenya
  • Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org



The present publication describes the experiences of introducing Conservation Agriculture as a concept for sustainable crop production intensification in farming communities of Karatu District, Tanzania. The case study explains the adoption process that shows the impact of Conservation Agriculture in terms of agricultural production, environment and ecosystem services, livelihoods and other socio economic factors. The case study is directed to policy makers, scientists and environmentalists and should help decision making towards sustainable intensification concepts for agriculture.

Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Crop Intensification

  • Filename: conservation-agriculture-and-sustainable-crop-intensification.
  • ISBN: 9251074488
  • Release Date: 2013-05-01
  • Number of pages: 29
  • Author: Lungowe Sepo Marongwe
  • Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org



Future food security relies not only on higher production and access to food but also on the need to address the destructive effects of current agricultural production systems on ecosystem services and increase the resilience of production systems to the effects of climate change. Conservation agriculture [CA] addresses the problem of low and erratic rainfall through the use of practices that reduce water losses and increase infiltration, and low soil nutrient status by increasing soil carbon and nitrogen through the use of organic soil cover and legumes in rotations and interactions. CA enables the sustainable intensification of agriculture by conserving and enhancing the quality of the soil, leading to higher yields and the protection of the local environment and ecosystem services. This publication describes the experiences of introducing and promoting CA as a practice for sustainable crop production intensification in farming communities across Zimbabwe. The case study is directed at policy makers, scientists and environmentalists and should help decision making towards sustainable intensification concepts for agriculture.

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