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Conservation agriculture as practised in Kenya: two case ... - FAO

Conservation agriculture as practised in Kenya: two case ... - FAO

Conservation agriculture as practised in Kenya: two case ... -

Pilot initiatives to introduce more sustainable farming practices are many in Africa, but documentation of them is scarce. Yet signs indicate that understanding is growing among farmers, stakeholders, researchers, and policymakers that sustainable agriculture is based on a few simple principles. These principles can be adopted to local climates and soil qualities as well as to varied technological and socio-economic factors. Conservation agriculture provides such a set of principles. It is one of the most promising ways of implementing sustainable agriculture while minimizing the environmental degradation that is all too common on the African continent. It relies on three basic principles: 1) minimum soil disturbance or if possible, no tillage at all; 2) soil cover— permanent, if possible; and 3) crop rotation. This book is one in a series of case studies on conservation agriculture with examples from Ghana, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, published by the African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD). ACT, a pan-African association, encourages smallholder farmers to adopt conservation agriculture practices. It involves private, public and non-government sectors: farmers, input suppliers and machinery manufacturers, researchers and extension workers—all dedicated to promoting conservation agriculture. Financial and material support for the case studies came from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), CIRAD, and the Regional Land Management Unit (RELMA) of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). ISBN: 9966-7219-0-8 Conservation agricultureas practised in Kenya Conservation agriculture as practised in Kenya: two case studies Pascal Kaumbutho, Josef Kienzle, editors Laikipia District CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE IN AFRICA Siaya District Kenya Kenya cover.indd 1 5/29/07 3:02:05 PM

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