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Conservation Agriculture in Kenya

A case study of Bungoma district

Conservation Agriculture (CA) is increasingly promoted in Africa as an alternative for coping with the need to increase food production on the basis of more sustainable farming practices. CA is specifically seen as a way to address the problems of soil degradation resulting from agricultural practices that deplete the organic matter and nutrient content of the soil. It aims at higher crop yields and lower production costs. Yet, success with adopting CA on farms in Africa has been limited (Kassam et al., 2009). This situation therefore prompted the inception of a collaborative project, CA2Africa, which seeks to better understand the reasons for the limited adoption of CA in Africa by analyzing past and on-going CA experiences. A better comprehension of where, when and for whom CA works best, and how CA should be configured in different settings to enable the identification of knowledge gaps for future research, development and promotion of CA in Africa.

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Publisher: African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT)
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Author: Eng. Saidi Mkomwa
Other authors: Hamisi Mzoba, Mutai Weldone
Organization: African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT)
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Year: 2011
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Country/ies: Kenya
Geographical coverage: Africa
Content language: English
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Type: Case study

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