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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tropical Crop livestock Systems in Conservation Agriculture

  • Filename: tropical-crop-livestock-systems-in-conservation-agriculture.
  • ISBN: 9251056927
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 92
  • Author: John N. Landers
  • Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.



Conservation agriculture in the Brazilian tropics; Background; The Cerrado biome; The Amazon biome; History of zero tillage in the tropical zones of Brazil; Conservation agriculture; How does conservation agriculture work?; Integrated crop-livestock systems with zero tillage; Dissemination of ICLZT technology; Livestock and annual crop production in wet-dry and humid-tropical Brazil; Livestock type; Herd size and performance; Background for ICLZT; The process of pasture degradation; Principal integrated zero tillage crop-livestock systems; General considerations; Systems typology; Common rotations; Crop successions used as building blocks for rotations; Summaries of the ten main ICLZT technologies; Crop establishment in degraded pastures; Establishing pasture in annual crops; Sowing pasture after early harvest; Grass oversown in soybeans or maize; Grass regenerating during the first crop after ZT planting of a crop in old pasture; Planting forages on crop land for silage, green chop, dry season grazing or as a cover crop; Pasture renovation with forages sown jointly with grasses, for early grazing;Pigeon pea sown into existing pasture to improve winter grazing quality; Sowing perenniallegumes into maize; Sowing soybeans in a permanent grass sward; Opportunistic grazing of stubble in the dry season; Pigeon pea undersown in maize for stubble grazing; Grazing stubble in the dry season; Pasture grasses; Cover crops for grazing; Cut forage and silage CTOpS; Pasture and grazing management; Legumes in pastures; Mechanized operations in zero tillage and soil fertility management 49 Residue management; Spraying desiccants and other chemicals; Planting and drilling; Soil fertility considerations; Technical and financial analysis of integrated crop-livestock zero tillage rotations; Case Study 1 - A farm history of the adoption of CA with Z; Wihout project;With ICLZT; lrrigated crop management - with and without project; Analysis of the Model Results; Case studies of other ICLZT technologies; Sustainable agriculture and policy considerations; Farm-based economic benefits of CA, ZT and ICLZT; Farm-based environmental benefits of CA, ZT and ICLZT; Social benefits of ICLZT and increased land use intensity; Social support for conversion investments in ICLZT; Addressing the conversion needs of small farmers.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Understanding compliance in programs promoting conservation agriculture

  • Filename: understanding-compliance-in-programs-promoting-conservation-agriculture.
  • ISBN:
  • Release Date: 2016-05-13
  • Number of pages: 28
  • Author: Ward, Patrick S.
  • Publisher: Intl Food Policy Res Inst



Land degradation and soil erosion have emerged as serious challenges to smallholder farmers throughout southern Africa. To combat these challenges, conservation agriculture (CA) is widely promoted as a sustainable package of agricultural practices. Despite the many potential benefits of CA, however, adoption remains low. Yet relatively little is known about the decision-making process in choosing to adopt CA. This article attempts to fill this important knowledge gap by studying CA adoption in southern Malawi. Unlike what is implicitly assumed when these packages of practices are introduced, farmers view adoption as a series of independent decisions rather than a single decision. Yet the adoption decisions are not wholly independent. We find strong evidence of interrelated decisions, particularly among mulching crop residues and practicing zero tillage, suggesting that mulching residues and intercropping or rotating with legumes introduces a multiplier effect on the adoption of zero tillage.

Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Crop Intensification in Lesotho

  • Filename: conservation-agriculture-and-sustainable-crop-intensification-in-lesotho.
  • ISBN: 9251065888
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 66
  • Author: Laura Silici
  • Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org



Lesotho is a small mountainous country characterized by extensive land degradation and erratic climatic conditions. In recent years a growing number of development agencies have been promoting conservation agriculture (CA). The present case study drawson the data collected by FAO in 2006 and illustrates the impact of the local version of CA, the likoti-system, on sustainable crop intensification in the south-eastern highlands and in the western lowlands of Butha-Buthe and Berea. According to these data, the adoption of likoti has brought about significant advantages compared to conventional tillage. This publication is directed to decision makers as well as readers interested in sustainable agriculture.--Publisher's description.

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