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Conservation agriculture in subsistence farming. Case studies from South Asia and beyond.

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This book focuses on the latest research in conservation agriculture (CA), with an emphasis on the applicability of results worldwide. Using South Asia as a case study, it examines the history and current state of CA regionally and globally, and explores the long-term impacts the adoption of CA practices has on the livelihoods, agricultural production, gender equity, and regional economic developm...


Chapter 7 (Page no: 133)

Economic potential of conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS) for tribal farmers in the hill region of Nepal.

This chapter (1) assesses the socio-economic status and existing agriculture systems of Nepalese tribal farmers; (2) estimates and compares the crop yields, cost of production, labour requirements, and profitability of conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS) for these farmers; and (3) determines, using a linear programming (LP) model, the best combination of CAPS and traditional systems to maximize profits for an average hill farmer. It is concluded that CAPS with strip tillage is more profitable than the traditional farming system, which currently covers more than 36% of Nepal's hill region. Additionally, CAPS practices are compatible with the land and labour constraints and the consumption needs of a typical Chepang farmer. However, despite the economic feasibility of CAPS, its adoption faces many challenges, now and in the future.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) A brief history of conservation agriculture. Author(s): Idol, T.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 22) Global perspectives on conservation agriculture for small households. Author(s): Ares, A. Thierfelder, C. Reyes, M. Eash, N. S. Himmelstein, J.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 55) Potential of conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS) for improving sustainable food and nutrition security in the hill region of Nepal. Author(s): Paudel, B. Radovich, T. Chan, C. Crow, S. Halbrendt, J. Thapa, K. Tamang, B. B.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 77) Effect of tillage, intercropping and residue cover on crop productivity, profitability, and soil fertility under tribal farming situations in Odisha, India. Author(s): Pradhan, A. Idol, T. Roul, P. K. Mishra, K. N. Chan, C. Halbrendt, J. Ray, C.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 95) Assessment of maize-based conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS) in rainfed uplands of Odisha, India. Author(s): Roul, P. K. Pradhan, A. Mishra, K. N. Plabita Ray Idol, T. Dash, S. N. Chan, C. Ray, C.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 109) Risk as a determinant of adoption of conservation agriculture by smallholder farmers in Malawi. Author(s): Rust-Smith, J.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 155) Evaluation of tillage and farmyard manure on soil properties and maize yield in the mid-hills of Nepal. Author(s): Pudasaini, R. Pande, K. R.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 171) Soil quality in conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS) of rainfed, sloping land farming in the central mid-hills region of Nepal. Author(s): Crow, S. Schubert, O. Tamang, B. B. Radovich, T. Paudel, B. Halbrendt, J. Thapa, K.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 207) Preferences for conservation agriculture in developing countries: a case study on the tribal societies of India and Nepal. Author(s): Lai, C. Chan, C. Pradhan, A. Paudel, B. Reed, B. F. Halbrendt, J.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 226) Empowering women through conservation agriculture: rhetoric or reality? Evidence from Malawi. Author(s): Maher, J. Wagstaff, P. O'Brien, J.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 239) Gendered implications of introducing conservation agriculture (CA): a case study in the hill region of Nepal. Author(s): Halbrendt, J. Paudel, B. Chan, C.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, 1910 East West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2015
  • ISBN
  • 9781780644233
  • Record Number
  • 20153202590