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Global spread of conservation agriculture

Kassam, A., Friedrich, T. and Derpsch, R. (2019) Global spread of conservation agriculture. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 76 (1). pp. 29-51. ISSN 1029-0400

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/00207233.2018.1494927

Abstract/Summary

Conservation Agriculture (CA) comprises the practical application of three interlinked principles, namely: no or minimum mechanical soil disturbance, biomass mulch soil cover and crop species diversification, in conjunction with other complementary good agricultural practices of integrated crop and production management. In 2015/16, CA was practised globally on about 180 M ha of cropland, corresponding to about 12.5% of the total global cropland. In 2008/09, the spread of CA was reported to be about 106 M ha. This change constitutes an increase of some 69% globally since 2008/09. In 2015/16, CA adoption was reported by 78 countries, an increase in adoption by 42 more countries since 2008/09, respectively. The average annual rate of global expansion of CA cropland area since 2008/2009 has been some 10.5 M ha. The largest extents of adoption are in South and North America, followed by Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Russia and Ukraine, Europe and Africa.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:78664
Uncontrolled Keywords:General Earth and Planetary Sciences, General Environmental Science
Publisher:Informa UK Limited

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