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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 10 (Page no: 207)

Preferences for conservation agriculture in developing countries: a case study on the tribal societies of India and Nepal.

This chapter presents results from India and Nepal on farmer preferences for conservation agriculture (CA) treatments compared to conventional practices. The results indicate that there is high potential for CA in smallholder and subsistence farming regions. Farmers are interested in trying new practices, particularly ones that increase immediate gains compared to their existing practices. On the other hand, farmers are hesitant to abandon their conventional tillage practices for minimum tillage, despite the multiple expected benefits of increased agricultural productivity and soil health. Farmers are worried about the perceived risk involved in trying new techniques, given their limited experience and knowledge of CA.

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: 7 (Page no: 133) Economic potential of conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS) for tribal farmers in the hill region of Nepal. Author(s): Paudel, B. Chan, C. Pradhan, A. Reed, B. F.
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: 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
  • 20153202593