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Second announcement of the 8th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture

The 1st announement of the 8WWCA is now online as well as the Congress programme
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Soil health

The next agricultural revolution
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More market power for Kenya's farmers

Boosting Kenyan farmers' income and production through farmers' groups and collective marketing

Conservation Agriculture is a farming system that promotes maintenance of a permanent soil cover, minimum soil disturbance (i.e. no tillage), and diversification of plant species. It enhances biodiversity and natural biological processes above and below the ground surface, which contribute to increased water and nutrient use efficiency and to improved and sustained crop production.

Three principles of Conservation Agriculture:

Minimum mechanical soil disturbance 
(i.e. no tillage) through direct seed and/or fertilizer placement.
 

Permanent soil organic cover
(at least 30 percent) with crop residues and/or cover crops.

Species diversification
through varied crop sequences and associations involving at least three different crops.