Conservation Agriculture in Subsistence Farming

Case Studies from South Asia and Beyond

July 2015
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  • Published
    15th July 2015
  • ISBN 9781780644233
  • Language English
  • Pages 280 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"

Conservation agriculture systems have long-term impacts on livelihoods, agricultural production, gender equity, and regional economic development of tribal societies in South Asia. This book presents South Asia as a case study, due to the high soil erosion caused by monsoon rainfall and geophysical conditions in the region, which necessitate conservation agriculture approaches, and the high percentage of people in South Asia relying on subsistence and traditional farming. The book takes an interdisciplinary approach to analyse systems at scales ranging from household to regional and national levels.



1) A brief history of conservation agriculture

2) Global perspectives on conservation agriculture for small households

3) Potential of conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS) for improving sustainable food and nutrition security in the hill regions of Nepal

4) Effect of tillage, intercropping and residue cover on crop productivity, profitability and soil fertility under tribal farming situations of Odisha, India

5) Assessment of maize-based conservation agricultural production systems (CAPS) in rainfed uplands of Odisha, India

6) Risk as a determinant of adoption of conservation agriculture by smallholder farmers in Malawi

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

8) Evaluation of tillage and farm yard manure on soil properties and maize yield in the mid-hills of Nepal

9) Soil quality in conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS) of rainfed, sloping land farming in the central mid-hills region of Nepal

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

11) Empowering Women through Conservation Agriculture: Rhetoric or Reality? Evidence from Malawi

12) Gendered Implications of Introducing Conservation Agriculture (CA): A Case Study in the Hill Region of Nepal

Catherine Chan

Catherine Chan is with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Jean Fantle-Lepczyk

Jean Fantle-Lepczyk is at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.