Advances in Conservation Agriculture Volume 2

Practice and Benefits

Contributions by Prof Amir Kassam, Dr Laila Kassam, Dr Muhammad Farooq, Dr Ahmad Nawaz, Dr Yashpal Singh Saharawat, Dr Timothy Reeves, Prof. Kadambot H. M. Siddique, Prof Michele Pisante, Dr Angelica Galieni, Prof Gottlieb Basch, Dr Theodor Friedrich, Dr Fabio Stagnari, Dr Fernando Teixeira, Dr Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Prof Z. R. Khan, Dr A. W. Murage, Dr J. O. Pittchar, Dr C. A. O. Midega, Dr Stephane Boulakia, Dr Florent Tivet, Dr Olivier Husson, Dr Lucien Séguy, Prof João Carlos M. Sá, Prof Rattan Lal, Dr Ademir de Oliveira Ferreira, Dr Clever Briedis, Dr Thiago Massao Inagaki, Dr Daniel Potma Gonçalves, Dr Jucimare Romaniw, Mr Scott Day, Dr Ademir Calegari, Dr Alessandra Santos, Dr Marcus Cremonesi, Dr Lilianne Maia, Dr Wilian Demetrio, Dr Marie L. C. Bartz, Prof Emilio J. González-Sánchez, Dr Oscar Veroz-Gonzalez, Dr Manuel Morena-Garcia, Dr Rafaela Ordoñez-Fernandez, Dr Jesus A. Gil-Ribes, Dr Julio Roman-Vazquez, Dr Antonio Holgado-Cabrera, Dr Gordon Conway, Dr Saidi Mkomwa, Dr Paula Triviño-Tarradas, Dr Antonio Miranda-Fuentes, Dr Francisco Marquez-Garcia, Dr Rosa M. Carbonell-Bojollo, Dr Patrick C. Wall, Dr Christian Thierfelder, Dr Peter Hobbs, Dr Jon Hellin, Dr Bram Govaerts, Prof Rafael Fuentes Llanillo, Dr Tiago Santos Telles, Dr Dimas Soares Junior, Dr Sara Kaweesa, Dr Anne-Marie B. Mayer, Dr Tom Goddard, Dr Li Hongwen, Dr Ivo Mello, Dr Francis Shaxson, Prof Telmo Jorge Carneiro Amado, Dr Carlos Alexandre Costa Crusciol, Dr Claudio Hideo Martins da Costa, Dr Otávio dos Anjos Leal, Dr Luan Pierre Pott Edited by Prof Amir Kassam

Publication date:

21 January 2020

Length of book:

498 pages

Publisher

Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing

Dimensions:

229x152mm
6x9"

ISBN-13: 9781786762689

"What Dr Samuel Johnson did for English, Professor Amir Kassam has done for Conservation Agriculture (CA). He is eminently well qualified and has enlisted more than a hundred battle-hardened champions to contribute 26 chapters amounting to over a thousand scholarly pages. The content is formidable. Volume one, Systems and Science, embraces: the need for CA; global developments; soil health and landscape management; the roles of minimum soil disturbance, mulch and cover crops; crops and cropping systems, vegetable systems, perennial systems; integration of cropping and livestock; mechanization; certification; institutional and policy support. Volume two, Practice and Benefits, includes management of crops and cropping systems, soil, weeds, insect pests and disease, nutrients, carbon, and biodiversity; climate change mitigation and adaptation; benefits to farmers and society; ecosystem services; and rehabilitation of degraded farmland…This book can change the future."review by David Dent in International Journal of Environmental Studies

This collection reviews ways of optimising Conservation Agricultural (CA) practices and their benefits.

Chapters summarise research on optimising soil management, crop nutrition and irrigation, as well as weed, insect pest and disease management. The book also reviews ways of optimising the environmental and social benefits of adopting CA practices.

Chapters discuss carbon and biodiversity management, the ways CA can promote ecosystem services as well as the use of life cycle assessment (LCA) techniques to monitor and improve CA. There are also chapters on improving the economic and broader social benefits of CA for farming communities.

Key features

  • Summarises current research on optimising CA system practices and their ecological, economic and social benefits.
  • Elaborates on how CA systems make efficient use of production inputs such as water, nutrients, energy and addresses challenges in such areas as weed, insect pest and disease management.
  • Reviews the central issues of improvement in yield, profitability and ecosystem services as well as climate change adaptability and mitigation in CA systems.

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"What Dr Samuel Johnson did for English, Professor Amir Kassam has done for Conservation Agriculture (CA). He is eminently well qualified and has enlisted more than a hundred battle-hardened champions to contribute 26 chapters amounting to over a thousand scholarly pages. The content is formidable. Volume one, Systems and Science, embraces: the need for CA; global developments; soil health and landscape management; the roles of minimum soil disturbance, mulch and cover crops; crops and cropping systems, vegetable systems, perennial systems; integration of cropping and livestock; mechanization; certification; institutional and policy support. Volume two, Practice and Benefits, includes management of crops and cropping systems, soil, weeds, insect pests and disease, nutrients, carbon, and biodiversity; climate change mitigation and adaptation; benefits to farmers and society; ecosystem services; and rehabilitation of degraded farmland…This book can change the future."review by David Dent in International Journal of Environmental Studies

"Dr Kassam and more than 120 contributing authors from more than 30 countries have brought together authoritative, clearly structured and accessible information on all aspects of Conservation Agriculture (CA) for a large range of readers…Every now and again, there comes a book on sustainable agriculture offered by the real champions including farmers, and this book is one of those. Dr. Kassam and all the contributors to the book as well as the publisher Burleigh Dodds deserve to be congratulated for their timely and much needed effort in bringing together the best of scientific and empirical knowledge and experience of CA systems and their benefits from around the world for practical application to help make sustainable agriculture real". Robert Brinkman, former Director of Land and Water Division – FAO; review in International Journal of Environmental Studies

"Overall, these two volumes provide an exciting collation of the science and practice of CA and its increase across the world. They are hugely valuable resources to stimulate further work for adoption of CA systems using emergent multivariate analysis - possible with digital technologies - of farming systems previously regarded as too complex to analyse. Complex mixed cropping and mixed farming systems, adopted because of their resilience by many farmers, can now be trialled. These books offer an inspiration for CA practitioners, for students of agricultural subjects, for entrepreneurs and all who are concerned for sustainable agricultural management towards ecosystem security."Prof. John Wibberley, University of Reading, UK; review in International Journal of Agricultural Management.

"This is an important, timely and authoritative collection on the values of Conservation Agriculture worldwide. Great advances have been made in recent years over a range of approaches and systems to improve both the productivity of agricultural systems and their positive contributions to ecosystem services and natural capital. Conservation Agriculture has been taken up by millions of farmers, fitting methods to their particular circumstances to produce sustainable models of food production."
Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Essex, UK