Special Issue "The Role of Conservation Agriculture in Sustainable Production Intensification for Smallholder Farmers in Africa"
A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2015).
In recent years, production intensification in smallholder farming in Africa is benefitting from the adoption and spread of Conservation Agriculture (CA). CA is an agro-ecological approach to sustainable production intensification that is based on implementing three interlinked principles: (i) minimum soil disturbance, (ii) maintenance of organic soil cover, and (iii) a diversified cropping system, along with other good agricultural practices, including integrated management of crops, nutrients, water, pests, and of farm power and energy.
The Special Issue is comprised of selected papers from the First Africa Congress for Conservation Agriculture, plus additional invited papers from researchers working on CA systems in Africa. The Congress focused on “Building Entrepreneurship and Resilient Farming Systems,” as a basis for sustainable production intensification. Thus, this Special Issue offers papers concerning the research and adoption of CA from across Africa; these papers elaborate on the role of CA in the enhancement of: productivity, efficiency of input use, soil health and quality, and resilience to climate variability.
Prof. Dr. Amir Kassam
Mr. Saidi Mkomwa
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- research on CA systems in different agro-ecologies
- nutrient management in CA systems
- weed management in CA systems
- biomass allocation for competing use in CA systems
- adoption of CA by smallholder farmers
- soil microbiology under CA systems
- performance of CA systems in long-term experiments
- smallholder commercialisation opportunity with CA