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Conservation agriculture for Africa: building resilient farming systems in a changing climate.

Book cover for Conservation agriculture for Africa: building resilient farming systems in a changing climate.


This book provides an updated assessment of trends in the adaptation and adoption of conservation agriculture (CA) in different countries of Africa. It provides information on the contribution of CA systems to building resilience in a changing climate while increasing productivity, profitability and ecological sustainability. The book covers: the status of CA in Africa (Chapter 1); CA's climate-proofing characteristics (Chapter 2); productivity and efficiency of resource use, often referred to as 'producing more from less' (Chapter 3); smallholder adoption and the spread of CA in different parts of Africa (Chapters 4-7); aspects related to resilience (legume cover crops, diversified cropping system for pest control, agroforestry, and mechanization) in CA-based systems (Chapters 8-11); and policy and communication (Chapters 12-13). The final Chapter 14 provides a brief summing up of what the book represents in terms of the relevance and future of CA to agricultural development in Africa.


Book Chapters

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Conservation agriculture in Africa: an overview. Author(s): Mkomwa, S. Kassam, A. H. Friedrich, T. Shula, R. K.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 10) Weatherproofing agriculture with conservation agriculture. Author(s): Kassam, A. H. Mkomwa, S. Friedrich, T.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 30) Conservation agriculture: growing more with less - the future of sustainable intensification. Author(s): Wall, P. C.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 41) Empowering smallholder farmers with profitable and sustainable farming using conservation agriculture: the case of East Africa. Author(s): Mkomwa, S. Lugandu, S. Kuria, P. Mutai, W.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 75) Implementing the principles of conservation agriculture in Malawi: crop yields and factors affecting adoption. Author(s): Bunderson, W. T. Jere, Z. D. Thierfelder, C. Gama, M. Mwale, B. M. Ng'oma, S. W. D. Museka, R. M. Paul, J. M. Mbale, B. Mkandawire, O. Tembo, P.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 100) Innovation systems and farmer perceptions regarding conservation agriculture in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. Author(s): Lalani, B. Dorward, P. Kassam, A. H. Dambiro, J.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 127) Conservation agriculture in North Africa: experiences, achievements and challenges. Author(s): El-Gharras, O. El-Mourid, M. Boulal, H.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 139) How can we cover millions of hectares with conservation agriculture in Africa? Author(s): Bunch, R.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 151) Climate-smart push-pull: a conservation agriculture technology for food security and environmental sustainability in Africa. Author(s): Khan, Z. R. Midega, C. A. O. Pittchar, J. O. Murage, A. Pickett, J.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 167) How to make Conservation Agriculture EverGreen. Author(s): Garrity, D. P.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 183) Mechanization of smallholder conservation agriculture in Africa: contributing resilience to precarious systems. Author(s): Sims, B. G. Kienzle, J. Mkomwa, S. Friedrich, T. Kassam, A. H.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 214) Conservation agriculture in South Africa: lessons from case studies. Author(s): Smith, H. J. Kruger, E. Knot, J. Blignaut, J. N.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 246) Extending conservation agriculture benefits through innovation platforms. Author(s): Misiko, M.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 265) Summing up. Author(s): Kassam, A. H. Mkomwa, S. Friedrich, T.

Book details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Plant Production and Protection Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00153 Rome, Italy.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2017
  • ISBN
  • 9781780645681
  • Record Number
  • 20163396170