Conservation Agriculture (CA) is a sustainable and profitable system of agricultural production and land management based on three interlinked principles: no or minimum mechanical soil disturbance, maintenance of soil organic cover, and crop diversification. CA has developed substantially worldwide over recent decades. Although the potential benefits of CA in Mediterranean conditions are high for farmers, society and environment, the system and its adoption and spread should be further optimized. With CA, production costs and negative environmental impacts can be minimized, while improving productivity and resilience, including climate change adaptation and mitigation.
This interactive course will address recent trends in CA practice and the major concerns that farmers face in the adoption of CA, which include the conflicts between animal and soil for the use of crop residues and the limited knowledge sharing and technical assistance.