Conservation Agriculture in Subsistence Farming

Cabi BookCase Studies from South Asia and Beyond

Edited by Catherine Chan and Jean
, University of Hawaii, USA

Under the constant pressures of climate change and growing global populations, improving food security is of critical importance. Conservation agriculture techniques are low-input, non-prohibitive systems that can have long-term impacts on livlihoods, agricultural production, gender equity and regional economic development.

Using South Asia as a case study due to its high soil erosion, geophysical conditions and percentage of people relying on subsistence farming, this book takes an interdisciplinary approach to analyse systems at scales ranging from household to regional and national levels. It illustrates key examples of conservation agriculture through the lenses of economics, agronomics, soil ecology, gender implications and technology, as well as exploring the long-term impacts of conservation agriculture adoption. Beginning with a brief history of the situation, it then focuses on the latest research with an emphasis on the applicability of results worldwide, making this book a vital resource for researchers and students of agricultural economics.

June 2015 / Hardback / 280 pages / 9781780644233 £85 / $160 / €110

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