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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Climate-smart farming boosting food security

Agricultural experts have warned against the practice of conventional agriculture, whereby the land is ploughed and the soil loosened before planting. According to the experts, it is not sustainable for the world's burgeoning population -- which the United Nations projects will reach 8.5 billion people by 2030, from 7.3 billion currently -- as it is putting a strain on land resources. Furthermore, the situation is worsened by the effects of climate change. Experts recommend soil management practices such as conservation agriculture, which increases productivity based on three principles -- minimal soil disturbance (reduced tillage), permanent soil cover (mulching) and crop rotation.

Source: allafrica.com