Type: Book

Advances in Conservation Agriculture Volume 2 Practice and Benefits

Editor

Professor 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.

Dimensions:

229x152mm
6x9"

Publication date:

21 January 2020

Length of book:

498 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786762689

£150.00
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Description

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.

Key features

  • Summarises current research on optimising CA system practices and their ecological, economic and social benefits.
  • Elaborates on how CA systems make efficient use of production inputs such as water, nutrients, energy and addresses challenges in such areas as weed, insect pest and disease management.
  • Reviews the central issues of improvement in yield, profitability and ecosystem services as well as climate change adaptability and mitigation in CA systems.

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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.Practice and benefits of Conservation Agriculture systems: Amir Kassam, University of Reading, UK; and Laila Kassam, Animal Think Tank, UK;
2.Crop and cropping systems management practices and benefits in Conservation Agriculture systems: Muhammad Farooq, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, University of Agriculture, Pakistan, and The University of Western Australia, Australia; Ahmad Nawaz, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan; Yashpal Singh Saharawat, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Lebanon; Timothy Reeves, The University of Melbourne, Australia; and Kadambot Siddique, The University of Western Australia, Australia;
3.Soil management practices and benefits in Conservation Agriculture systems: Michele Pisante, University of Teramo, Italy; Angelica Galieni, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics and Research Centre for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Italy; Gottlieb Basch, University of Évora, Portugal; Theodor Friedrich, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy; and Fabio Stagnari, University of Teramo, Italy;
4.Weed management practices and benefits in Conservation Agriculture systems: Gottlieb Basch and Fernando Teixeira, University of Évora, Portugal; and Sjoerd W. Duiker, Penn State University, USA;
5.Insect pest and disease management practices and benefits in Conservation Agriculture systems: a case of push–pull practice: Z. R. Khan, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya; A. W. Murage, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Kenya; and J. O. Pittchar and C. A. O. Midega, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya;
6.Nutrient management practices and benefits in Conservation Agriculture systems: Stephane Boulakia, Florent Tivet and Olivier Husson, Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), France; and Lucien Séguy, AgroécoRiz, France;
7.Carbon management practices and benefits in Conservation Agriculture systems: Carbon sequestration rates João Carlos de Moraes Sá, State University of Ponta Grossa, Brazil; Florent Tivet, Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), France; Rattan Lal, The Ohio State University, USA; Ademir de Oliveira Ferreira, Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Brazil; Clever Briedis, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Agricultural Instrumentation Center, Brazil; Thiago Massao Inagaki, Technical University of Munich, Germany; and Daniel Potma Gonçalves and Jucimare Romaniw, State University of Ponta Grossa, Brazil;
8.Carbon management practices and benefits in Conservation Agriculture systems: soil organic carbon fraction losses and restoration: João Carlos de Moraes Sá, State University of Ponta Grossa, Brazil; Florent Tivet, CIRAD, France; Rattan Lal, The Ohio State University, USA; Ademir de Oliveira Ferreira, Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Brazil; Clever Briedis, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Agricultural Instrumentation Center, Brazil; Thiago Massao Inagaki, Technical University of Munich, Germany; and Daniel Potma Gonçalves and Jucimare Romaniw, State University of Ponta Grossa, Brazil;
9.Biodiversity management practices and benefits in Conservation Agriculture systems: Scott Day, Treelane Farms Ltd, Canada; Ademir Calegari, Agricultural Research Institute of Paraná State (IAPAR), Brazil; Alessandra Santos, Marcus Cremonesi, Lilianne Maia and Wilian Demetrio, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil; and Marie L. C. Bartz, Coimbra University, Portugal;
10.Conservation Agriculture: climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits: Emilio J. Gonzalez Sanchez, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain, European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF), Belgium and Asociación Española Agricultura de Conservación. Suelos Vivos (AEAC.SV), Spain; Oscar Veroz-Gonzalez, Asociación Española Agricultura de Conservación. Suelos Vivos (AEAC.SV), Spain; Manuel Morena-Garcia and Rafaela Ordoñez-Fernandez, IFAPA Centro Alameda del Obispo, Spain; Jesus A. Gil-Ribes and Julio Roman-Vazquez, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain; Antonio Holgado-Cabrera, IFAPA Centro Alameda del Obispo, Spain; Amir Kassam, University of Reading, UK; Gordon Conway, Imperial College London, UK; Saidi Mkomwa, African Conservation Tillage Network, Kenya; Paula Triviño-Tarradas, Antonio Miranda-Fuentes and Francisco Marquez-Garcia, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain; and Rosa M. Carbonell-Bojollo, IFAPA Centro Alameda del Obispo, Spain;
11.Benefits of Conservation Agriculture to farmers and society: Patrick Wall, Independent Consultant – Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Mexico; Christian Thierfelder, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Zimbabwe; Peter Hobbs, Cornell University, USA; Jon Hellin, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), The Philippines; and Bram Govaerts, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico;
12.Social benefits of Conservation Agriculture systems: Rafael Fuentes Llanillo, Tiago Santos Telles and Dimas Soares Junior, Agricultural Research Institute of Paraná State (IAPAR), Brazil; Sara Kaweesa, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria; and Anne-Marie B. Mayer, Independent Nutrition and Agriculture Consultant, UK;
13.Harnessing ecosystem services with Conservation Agriculture: Amir Kassam, University of Reading, UK; Emilio J. Gonzalez Sanchez, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain,European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF), Belgium and Asociación Española Agricultura de Conservación. Suelos Vivos (AEAC.SV), Spain; Tom Goddard, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Canada; Li Hongwen, Conservation Tillage Research Centre, China Agriculture University, China; Ivo Mello, Instituto Rio Grandense do Arroz, Brazil; Saidi Mkomwa, African Conservation Tillage Network, Kenya; Francis Shaxson, Land Husbandry Group, Tropical Agricultural Association, UK; and Theodor Friedrich, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy;
14.Rehabilitating degraded and abandoned agricultural lands with Conservation Agriculture systems: Telmo Jorge Carneiro Amado, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil; Carlos Alexandre Costa Crusciol, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil; Claudio Hideo Martins da Costa, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil; Otávio dos Anjos Leal, Catarinense Federal Institute, Brazil; and Luan Pierre Pott, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil;