Conservation agriculture for Africa : building resilient by Amir H. Kassam, Saidi Mkomwa, Theodor Friedrich

By Amir H. Kassam, Saidi Mkomwa, Theodor Friedrich

This publication assesses the most recent tendencies within the adoption of conservation agriculture. concentrating on the newest applied sciences to enhance agricultural resilience to weather swap, in addition to bring up profitability and sustainability, it takes a continental and sub-regional method of African agriculture. protecting climate-proofing, resilience, sustainable intensification, and the extension and adoption technique for brand spanking new thoughts, this publication is an important source for researchers of agriculture and sustainability

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1. Continued. System component  To achieve  No tillage (no or minimal soil disturbance) Reduce labour input Reduce fuel-energy input Recycle nutrients Reduce pest-pressure of pathogens and insects Re-build damaged soil conditions and dynamics Pollination services Mulch cover (crop residues, cover-crops, green manures) Crop diversification (for several beneficial purposes) Legumes (as crops for fixing nitrogen and supplying plant nutrients) √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ CEC, cation exchange capacity.

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and other donors backed the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) climate-change project efforts, extending from the SADC to the East African Community (EAC). Other projects include: support to the smallholder CA project in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Guinea and Niger) funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and implemented by the African Conservation Tillage network (ACT), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD); IFAD-funded support to CA in four SADC countries implemented by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT); and ACT’s capacity-building to research workers and extension officers from SADC countries with support from SADC, European Union (EU), German Development Cooperation (GIZ), FAO, Regional Land Management Unit (RELMA) and LandCare South Africa.

It will also depend on how well the agroecological requirements of crops and cropping systems and of farming systems match the prevailing weather and climate conditions. Additionally, it will depend on how well weatherproofing corresponds to the management of the cropping and production system in space and time, and how weatherproofed are the production inputs and service providers. Further, it will depend on the whole knowledge system, including the education, research, extension and participatory learning and innovation systems.

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