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Conservation Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture – strategies and policy options for optimal food production in the dry areas.

Conservation agriculture - the idea of minimum or zero tillage - has firmly taken hold in many high-income countries for economic, agronomic and environmental reasons. It brings many benefits to farmers - quite simply, they save energy, improve soil, water and nutrient status and leave a smaller environmental footprint.
But across the developing world, conservation agriculture has seen much slower uptake.

  • How has the split in farming approach developed?
  • What are the benefits and constraints to adoption?
  • What policies and practices are needed to encourage conservation agriculture in a low income setting.
  • How can the benefits of conservation agriculture be spread more equitably?

The Research to Action Report on Conservation Agriculture presents recent research and trials on adopting conservation agriculture in dry areas and low income countries. It gives the results of recent work with farmers in several countries and provides examples and options for decision makers considering evaluating and scaling-up a conservation agriculture approach.