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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 12 (Page no: 239)

Gendered implications of introducing conservation agriculture (CA): a case study in the hill region of Nepal.

The results of this research show that there are a number of important considerations in terms of gender that may affect the feasibility of conservation agriculture (CA) adoption in Chepang villages in Nepal. The implications of integrating sustainable CA practices, such as intercropping and minimum tillage, can have different effects on labour demands. Depending on access to wage-earning opportunities and the existing distribution of both household and agricultural labour, these effects may impact men and women differently. Such changes to agricultural practices can result in an inequitable or impractical redistribution of labour among the genders, and may create a barrier to their adoption. Regarding farmers' preferences for CA interventions, both men and women seem to be in consensus on the relative importance of enhancing crop yield. The genders differed, however, on whether profit or soil quality was seen as the next most important objective. The study showed that CA systems were preferred to traditional production systems, regardless of a farmer's gender. While information on CA practices seemed to be lacking for all Chepang farmers, female farmers were particularly challenged when it came to getting information on CA practices from outside sources.

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: 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 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
  • 20153202595