Conservation Agriculture - Main Users / Purpose
|Farmers organisations, agricultural specialists, environmental experts, food security organisations|
Production systems are needed that are no longer extractive, i.e. which protect fields from water run-off and soils from erosion, and which maintain soil fertility by restoring organic matter and plant nutrients. The “key” to a sustainable future is to move towards more ecologically friendly farming systems that are more effective in harnessing nature to sustain higher levels of productivity. Critical to this is an increase in the quantities of organic matter on and in the soil, so as to provide the surface-protection, energy and nutrients required by soil-inhabiting flora and fauna that constitute the “life” of a soil, playing a vital role in maintaining its porosity, enhancing its moisture holding capacity and extending the availability of nutrients to crops.