Download e-book for iPad: Conservation agriculture for Africa : building resilient by Amir H. Kassam, Saidi Mkomwa, Theodor Friedrich

By Amir H. Kassam, Saidi Mkomwa, Theodor Friedrich

This e-book assesses the most recent developments within the adoption of conservation agriculture. targeting the newest applied sciences to enhance agricultural resilience to weather swap, in addition to elevate 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 procedure for brand spanking new options, this booklet is an important source for researchers of agriculture and sustainability

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2015). countries include Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Tunisia, Madagascar, Morocco, Lesotho, Namibia, Sudan and Burkina Faso. Some large-scale farmers have been able to adopt profitable mechanized CA in several countries, such as South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco and Tunisia. However, in much of Africa, agriculture is dominated by smallholder farmers. , 2015). They use manual labour, animal traction or tractor power. Several participatory approaches to CA adoption and scaling up have been tested successfully.

This input–output system concept also assumes that production systems must involve intensive mechanical tillage of the soil to prepare the seedbed and to manage weeds. This approach has also involved increased standardization of agronomy and inputs, reduction in diversification and reliance on genetically altered cultivars and animal breeds as a basis for production intensification in rainfed and irrigated production systems. It was this approach that formed the ideological or doctrinal basis for the Green Revolution agricultural paradigm after the Second World War, with its heavy dependence on modern cultivars, mineral fertilizers, pesticides, intensive tillage and more and more reliable use of irrigation water: the Green Revolution was a hungry and thirsty technology.

Most of these farmers in recent years are smallholders and such farmers offer opportunities for commercialization of agriculture and for service providers to provide services to support field operations with equipment and machinery that the smallholder farmer would be reluctant to invest in (Sims and Kienzle, 2015). 3 Where is CA Practised in Africa? According to Kassam et al. fao. html), CA in 2013 was practised on nearly 157 million hectares of global cropland, and since 2008/09 it had increased at a rate of some 10 million hectares per annum.

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