FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS - helping to build a world without hunger
Conservation agriculture (CA) aims to achieve sustainable and
profitable agriculture and subsequently aimes at improved livelihoods
of farmers through the application of the three CA principles:
minimal soil disturbance, permanent soil cover and crop rotations.
CA holds tremendous potential for all sizes of farms and agro-ecological
systems, but its adoption is perhaps most urgently required by
smallholder farmers, especially those facing acute labour shortages.
It is a way to combine profitable agricultural production with
environmental concerns and sustainability and it has been proven
to work in a variety of agroecological zones and farming systems.
It is been perceived by practitioners as a valid tool for Sustainable
Land Management (SLM).
It is because of this promise that FAO is actively involved in
promoting CA, especially in developing and emerging economies.
CA can only work optimally if the different technical areas are
considered simultaneously in an integrated way. Therefore staff
from several Divisions of FAO took the initiative to create an
informal workgroup consisting of members from the Plant Production
and Protection Division (AGP), the Land and Water Division (NRL),
and Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS). It
is understood that the multidisciplinary nature of CA will always
require the rich mix of expertise available to FAO as it works
to promote the CA concept worldwide.