Conservation Agriculture for Africa

Building Resilient Farming Systems in a Changing Climate

January 2017
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  • Published
    31st January 2017
  • ISBN 9781780645681
  • Language English
  • Pages 318 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.25"

This book assesses the latest trends in the adoption of conservation agriculture. Focusing on the most recent technologies to improve agricultural resilience to climate change, as well as increase profitability and sustainability, it takes a continental and sub-regional approach to African agriculture. Covering climate-proofing, resilience, sustainable intensification, and the extension and adoption process for new techniques, this book is a vital resource for researchers of agriculture and sustainability.

1: Conservation Agriculture in Africa: An Overview
2: Weather-Proofing Agriculture with Conservation Agriculture
3: Conservation Agriculture: Growing more with less – the future of sustainable intensification
4: Empowering Smallholder Farmers with Profitable and Sustainable Farming using Conservation Agriculture – the Case of East Africa
5: Implementing the Principles of Conservation Agriculture in Malawi: Crop Yields and Factors Affecting Adoption
6: Innovation Systems and farmer perceptions regarding Conservation Agriculture in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
7: Conservation Agriculture in North Africa: Experiences, Achievements and Challenges
8: How Can We Cover Millions of Hectares with Conservation Agriculture in Africa?
9: Climate-Smart push-pull - A conservation agriculture technology for food security and environmental sustainability in Africa
10: How to Make Conservation Agriculture Ever Green
11: Mechanization of smallholder Conservation Agriculture in Africa: contributing resilience to precarious systems
12: Conservation Agriculture in South Africa: Lessons from Case Studies
13: Extending Conservation Agriculture benefits through Innovation Platforms
14: Summing Up

Amir H. Kassam

Amir Kassam is: (i) Moderator of the FAO-hosted Global Platform for Conservation Agriculture Community of Practice (CA-CoP), (ii) Chairman of the International Conservation Agriculture Advisory Panel for Africa (ICAAP-Africa); (iii) Vice-Chairman of the Conservation Agriculture Association of the United Kingdom (CA-UK); (iv) a Member of the European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF); (v) Visiting Professor in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, UK, where he teaches Conservation Agriculture; (vi) Convener of the Land Husbandry Group of the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA), UK, Member of the Strategic Steering Group of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI), UNEP, and Board member of the Asian Center of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (ACISAI) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok.

Kassam is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (UK), and a member of several international advisory committees, boards and panels. He is cited in several "Who is Who" in the UK and the USA. He has published widely. In 2005, Kassam was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours List for services to tropical agriculture and to rural development.

Saidi Mkomwa

Saidi Mkomwa is: (i) Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) since 2008, (ii) Member of the International Steering Committee hosting the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th World Conservation Agriculture Congresses, (iii) Member of the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) of ICRAF’s Drylands Development Program (DRYDEV), since 2016, (iv) Registered professional member of the Engineers’ Registration Board of Tanzania, since 2002, and (v) Technical Secretary of the International Conservation Agriculture Advisory Panel for Africa (ICAAP-Africa).

Theodor Friedrich

Theodor Friedrich is an FAO Representative in Cuba.