Advocating for the active Engagement of the Youth in the Agricultural Value Chain

19 - 23 September 2011
Ezulwini, Swaziland

Coordinating and Advocating for Conservation Agriculture Policies in Southern Africa

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Date: 
September 2011

More than 70% of the regional population, and the vast majority of the poor, are engaged in smallholder rain-fed agriculture and related activities. Supporting smallholder farmers therefore drives economic growth in the region, and helps the rural poor combat poverty.

Higher farm productivity and more diversified farm produce reduces the need to purchase supplementary foodstuffs, provides a healthier diet and offers the possibility of selling surplus for cash.

CA can help achieve these benefits through managing agroecosystems for higher, sustained productivity, increased profits and food security while conserving the environment. This is achieved through improved management and application of three key principles in conjunction with other good agronomic practices: minimal soil disturbance; maintenance of a permanent soil cover with mulch or cover crops; and practising crop rotation.