Advances in Conservation Agriculture Volume 1 Systems and Science
Professor Amir Kassam is Visiting Professor at the University of Reading (UK) and Moderator of the FAO-hosted Global Platform for Conservation Agriculture Community of Practice (Global CA-CoP). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (UK) and has received an OBE from the British Government for services to tropical agriculture and to rural development. Prof. Kassam is Chair of the International Conservation Agriculture Advisory Panel for Africa (ICAAP-Africa), Member of the European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF) and Vice-Chair of the Conservation Agriculture Association for the UK (CA-UK). He is former Chair of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), the FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance Europe Foundation and the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA). He has held senior positions at international organisations such as the FAO and CGIAR and has worked with many national and international programmes on sustainable agricultural development. He has published widely on Conservation Agriculture.
"What Dr Samuel Johnson did for English, Professor Amir Kassam has done for Conservation Agriculture (CA). He is eminently well qualified and has enlisted more than a hundred battle-hardened champions to contribute 26 chapters amounting to over a thousand scholarly pages. The content is formidable. Volume one, Systems and Science, embraces: the need for CA; global developments; soil health and landscape management; the roles of minimum soil disturbance, mulch and cover crops; crops and cropping systems, vegetable systems, perennial systems; integration of cropping and livestock; mechanization; certification; institutional and policy support. Volume two, Practice and Benefits, includes management of crops and cropping systems, soil, weeds, insect pests and disease, nutrients, carbon, and biodiversity; climate change mitigation and adaptation; benefits to farmers and society; ecosystem services; and rehabilitation of degraded farmland…This book can change the future."review by David Dent in International Journal of Environmental Studies
This volume summarises research on key components for successful Conservation Agriculture (CA).
Chapters review the latest research on ways of optimising no-till techniques to minimise soil disturbance in relation to seeding, weeding and other operations. Chapters also review ways to improve soil health in CA, including mulch cover, cover crops, rotations and intercropping.
The book also includes case studies on optimising CA in particular systems, including rice, root, tuber and horticultural crops as well as integrating livestock in CA systems. The book concludes by looking at certification schemes and institutional support to promote good CA practice.
Reviews the development of CA systems globally and elaborates on science underlying the key CA system components.
Assesses the latest evidence on improving soil and crop health and CA system resilience through the application of the core CA system principles.
Includes case studies reviewing current science on optimising CA cropping systems involving cereal, legume, horticultural and tree crops as well as integrating livestock in CA systems.
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What others are saying...
"Dr Kassam and more than 120 contributing authors from more than 30 countries have brought together authoritative, clearly structured and accessible information on all aspects of Conservation Agriculture (CA) for a large range of readers…Every now and again, there comes a book on sustainable agriculture offered by the real champions including farmers, and this book is one of those. Dr. Kassam and all the contributors to the book as well as the publisher Burleigh Dodds deserve to be congratulated for their timely and much needed effort in bringing together the best of scientific and empirical knowledge and experience of CA systems and their benefits from around the world for practical application to help make sustainable agriculture real". Robert Brinkman, former Director of Land and Water Division – FAO; review in International Journal of Environmental Studies
"Overall, these two volumes provide an exciting collation of the science and practice of CA and its increase across the world. They are hugely valuable resources to stimulate further work for adoption of CA systems using emergent multivariate analysis - possible with digital technologies - of farming systems previously regarded as too complex to analyse. Complex mixed cropping and mixed farming systems, adopted because of their resilience by many farmers, can now be trialled. These books offer an inspiration for CA practitioners, for students of agricultural subjects, for entrepreneurs and all who are concerned for sustainable agricultural management towards ecosystem security."Prof. John Wibberley, University of Reading, UK; review in International Journal of Agricultural Management.
"This is an important, timely and authoritative collection on the values of Conservation Agriculture worldwide. Great advances have been made in recent years over a range of approaches and systems to improve both the productivity of agricultural systems and their positive contributions to ecosystem services and natural capital. Conservation Agriculture has been taken up by millions of farmers, fitting methods to their particular circumstances to produce sustainable models of food production." Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Essex, UK
Table of contents
1.The need for Conservation Agriculture: Amir Kassam, University of Reading, UK; and Laila Kassam, Animal Think Tank, UK; 2.Development of Conservation Agriculture systems globally: Amir Kassam, University of Reading, UK; Rolf Derpsch, Consultant, Paraguay; and Theodor Friedrich, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy; 3.Conservation Agriculture Systems: soil health and landscape management: Don Reicosky, Soil Scientist Emeritus USDA-ARS and University of Minnesota, USA; 4.The role of no or minimum mechanical soil disturbance in Conservation Agriculture systems: Theodor Friedrich, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy; 5.The role and management of soil mulch and cover crops in Conservation Agriculture systems: A. Calegari, Agricultural Research Institute of Paraná State (IAPAR), Brazil; T. Tiecher, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil; E. B. Wutke, Research Agricultural Institute of Campinas (IAC), Brazil; L. B. dos S. Canalli, Agricultural Research Institute of Paraná State (IAPAR), Brazil; R. Bunch, Consultant, Brazil; and D. dos S. Rheinheimer, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil; 6.The role of crop and cropping system management in Conservation Agriculture systems: Peter Hobbs, Cornell University, USA; Christian Thierfelder, International Maize and Wheat Research Center (CIMMYT), Zimbabwe; Patrick Wall, Independent Consultant – Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Mexico; Raj Gupta, Center for Advancement of Sustainable Agriculture, India; and Ademir Calegari, Agricultural Research Institute of Paraná State (IAPAR), Brazil; 7.Management of vegetable Conservation Agriculture systems: Jamil Abdalla Fayad, Agricultural Research and Rural Extension
Company of Santa Catarina (EPAGRI), Brazil; Jucinei José Comin, Federal University of Santa Catarina State (UFSC), Brazil; Alvaro Mafra, Santa Catarina State University, Brazil; Claudinei Kurtz, Agricultural Research and Rural Extension Company of Santa Catarina (EPAGRI), Brazil; Samira Jamil Fayad, Santa Catarina State University, Brazil; Nuno Rodrigues Madeira, EMBRAPA, Brazil; Darlan Marcheze and Leandro do Prado Wildner, Agricultural Research and Rural Extension Company of Santa Catarina (EPAGRI), Brazil; Ademir Calegari, Agricultural Research Institute of Paraná State (IAPAR), Brazil; and Arcangelo Loss, Cledimar Rogério Lourenzi, Monique Souza, and Guilherme Wilbert Ferreira, Federal University of Santa
Catarina State (UFSC), Brazil; 8.Managing perennial Conservation Agriculture systems: orchards, plantations and agroforestry: Amir Kassam, University of Reading, UK; Emilio J. González- Sánchez, University of Cordoba and Asociación Española de Agricultura de Conservación Suelos Vivos (AEACSV), Spain and European Conservation Agriculture Federation, Belgium; Sim Choon Cheak, Sime Darby Research Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia; Zaharah A. Rahman, formerly Putra University, Malaysia; Julio Roman-Vazquez and Francisco Marquez-Garcia, University of Cordoba, Spain; Rosa Carbonell-Bojollo, Centro IFAPA Alameda del Obispo, Spain; Oscar Veroz-Gonzalez, Asociación Española de Agricultura de Conservación Suelos Vivos (AEACSV), Spain; and Dennis P. Garrity, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kenya; 9.Integration of crop-livestock in Conservation Agriculture systems: John N. Landers, Independent Consultant, Brazil; Pedro Luiz de Freitas, Embrapa Solos, Brazil; Luiz Carlos Balbino, Embrapa Cerrados, Brazil; Júlio César Salton, Embrapa Agropecuária Oeste, Brazil; and Robélio Leandro Marchão, Embrapa Cerrados, Brazil; 10.Status of mechanization in Conservation Agriculture systems: Augusto Guilherme de Araújo, Agricultural Research Institute of Paraná State (IAPAR), Brazil; Brian Sims, Independent Consultant, UK; Jack Desbiolles, University of South Australia, Australia; Denizart Bolonhezi, Agronomic Institute of Campinas (IAC), Brazil; Enamul Haque, Murdoch University, Australia; He Jin, China Agricultural University, China; Jamil Abdalla Fayad, Independent Consultant, Brazil; Josef Kienzle, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy; Leandro do Prado Wildner, Agricultural Research and Rural Extension Corporation of Santa Catarina State (EPAGRI), Brazil; Li Hongwen, China Agricultural
University, China; Marcelo Zanella, Agricultural Research and Rural Extension Corporation of Santa Catarina State (EPAGRI), Brazil; Oussama El Gharras, National Agricultural Research Institute (INRA), Morocco; Richard Bell, Murdoch University, Australia; Roberto Peiretti, Global Farmer Network (GFN), Argentina; Saidi Mkomwa, African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT), Kenya; Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Pennsylvania State University,
USA; and Theodor Friedrich, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy; 11.Certification schemes for Conservation Agriculture systems: Juliana Albertengo, Iowa State University, USA; 12.Institutional and policy support for Conservation Agriculture uptake: Tom Goddard, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Canada; Gottlieb Basch, University of Evora, Portugal; Rolf Derpsh, Agricultural Consultant, Paraguay; Li Hongwen and He Jin, China Agriculture University, China; Muratbek Karabayev, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico; Amir Kassam, University of Reading, UK; Ken Moriya, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Paraguay; Roberto Peiretti, Agricultural Consultant, Argentina; and Hendrik Smith, Grain SA, South Africa;