This collection reviews ways of optimising Conservation Agricultural (CA) practices and their benefits.
Chapters summarise research on optimising soil management, crop nutrition and irrigation, as well as weed, insect pest and disease management. The book also reviews ways of optimising the environmental and social benefits of adopting CA practices.
Chapters discuss carbon and biodiversity management, the ways CA can promote ecosystem services as well as the use of life cycle assessment (LCA) techniques to monitor and improve CA. There are also chapters on improving the economic and broader social benefits of CA for farming communities.
- Summarises current research on optimising CA practices at key stages in crop production
- Addresses major challenges facing CA in such areas as weed, insect pest and disease management
- Reviews the central issues of yield improvement, productivity and profitability
What others are saying...
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.Introduction: practice and benefits of CA systems: An overview: Amir Kassam, University of Reading, UK;
2.Crop and cropping systems management practices and benefits in CA systems: Muhammad Farooq, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman;
3.Soil management practices and benefits in CA systems: Michele Pisante, University of Teramo, Italy;
4.Weed management practices and benefits in CA systems: Gottlieb Basch, Universidade de Evora Escola de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Portugal;
5.Insect pest and disease management practices and benefits in CA systems: Z. R. Khan, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya;
6.Nutrient management practices and benefits in CA systems: Stephane Boulakia, CIRAD, France;
7.Water management practices and benefits in CA systems: Ivo Mello, IRGA, Brazil;
8.Carbon management practices and benefits in CA systems: João Carlos de Moraes Sá, State University of Ponta Grossa, Brazil;
9.Biodiversity management practices and benefits in CA systems: Scott Day, Fall Line Farms, USA;
10.CA and climate change mitigation and adaptability benefits: Emilio Gonzalez, Universidad de Cordoba, Spain;
11.Benefits of Conservation Agriculture to farmers and society: Patrick C. Wall, Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Mexico;
12.Social benefits of CA systems: Rafael Fuentes, Instituto Agronomico do Paraná (IAPAR), Brazil;
13.Harnessing ecosystems services with CA: Amir Kassam, University of Reading, UK;
14.Rehabilitating degraded and abandoned agricultural lands with CA systems: Telmo Amado, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil;