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Conservation agriculture for Africa: building resilient farming systems in a changing climate.

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This book provides an updated assessment of trends in the adaptation and adoption of conservation agriculture (CA) in different countries of Africa. It provides information on the contribution of CA systems to building resilience in a changing climate while increasing productivity, profitability and ecological sustainability. The book covers: the status of CA in Africa (Chapter 1); CA's climate-pr...


Chapter 6 (Page no: 100)

Innovation systems and farmer perceptions regarding conservation agriculture in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

Recent research and development efforts within East and Southern Africa, as a case in point, have clearly shown that constraints to adoption of conservation agriculture (CA) can be overcome but stress the need for local innovation systems that involve farmers exchanging among themselves and use of participatory methods that help to adapt CA principles to local conditions. This chapter explores one such innovation system using a district in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, as a case study. The aims of the chapter are twofold: firstly, to describe the process of construction of the innovation system, and by way of actors' perceptions of the system, to better understand key components central to its formation and functioning; and secondly, to explore farmers' perceptions of CA (including motivation to comply with certain actors in the innovation system) and the effectiveness of the current innovation system in reaching its target beneficiary - the very poor.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Conservation agriculture in Africa: an overview. Author(s): Mkomwa, S. Kassam, A. H. Friedrich, T. Shula, R. K.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 10) Weatherproofing agriculture with conservation agriculture. Author(s): Kassam, A. H. Mkomwa, S. Friedrich, T.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 30) Conservation agriculture: growing more with less - the future of sustainable intensification. Author(s): Wall, P. C.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 41) Empowering smallholder farmers with profitable and sustainable farming using conservation agriculture: the case of East Africa. Author(s): Mkomwa, S. Lugandu, S. Kuria, P. Mutai, W.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 75) Implementing the principles of conservation agriculture in Malawi: crop yields and factors affecting adoption. Author(s): Bunderson, W. T. Jere, Z. D. Thierfelder, C. Gama, M. Mwale, B. M. Ng'oma, S. W. D. Museka, R. M. Paul, J. M. Mbale, B. Mkandawire, O. Tembo, P.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 127) Conservation agriculture in North Africa: experiences, achievements and challenges. Author(s): El-Gharras, O. El-Mourid, M. Boulal, H.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 139) How can we cover millions of hectares with conservation agriculture in Africa? Author(s): Bunch, R.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 151) Climate-smart push-pull: a conservation agriculture technology for food security and environmental sustainability in Africa. Author(s): Khan, Z. R. Midega, C. A. O. Pittchar, J. O. Murage, A. Pickett, J.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 167) How to make Conservation Agriculture EverGreen. Author(s): Garrity, D. P.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 183) Mechanization of smallholder conservation agriculture in Africa: contributing resilience to precarious systems. Author(s): Sims, B. G. Kienzle, J. Mkomwa, S. Friedrich, T. Kassam, A. H.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 214) Conservation agriculture in South Africa: lessons from case studies. Author(s): Smith, H. J. Kruger, E. Knot, J. Blignaut, J. N.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 246) Extending conservation agriculture benefits through innovation platforms. Author(s): Misiko, M.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 265) Summing up. Author(s): Kassam, A. H. Mkomwa, S. Friedrich, T.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 237, Reading, RG6 6AR, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2017
  • ISBN
  • 9781780645681
  • Record Number
  • 20163396176