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.
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"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. "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