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

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


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 9 (Page no: 151)

Climate-smart push-pull: a conservation agriculture technology for food security and environmental sustainability in Africa.

This chapter describes the push-pull technological innovation developed by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in the UK and partners in East Africa, which addresses smallholder agricultural constraints, food insecurity, and environmental degradation and has the potential to equip farmers with the resilience and adaptability they need to deal with climate change. The push-pull technology fits conservation agriculture (CA) principles of minimum soil disturbance in its minimum soil tillage agronomic management, continuous soil cover with a perennial cover crop and plant residue, as well as a diversified cereal-legume-fodder intercropping strategy. The perennial intercrop provides live mulching, thus improving above-ground and below-ground arthropod abundance, agrobiodiveristy and the food web of natural enemies of stem borers, thus effectively controlling major insect pests of cereals. The field implementation of this technological innovation in Africa is discussed, as well as its various benefits.

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: 6 (Page no: 100) Innovation systems and farmer perceptions regarding conservation agriculture in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. Author(s): Lalani, B. Dorward, P. Kassam, A. H. Dambiro, J.
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: 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.