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By Norman Uphoff, Andrew S. Ball, Erick Fernandes, Hans Herren, Olivier Husson, Mark Laing, Cheryl Palm, Jules Pretty, Pedro Sanchez, Nteranya Sanginga, Janice Thies

ISBN-10: 1574445839

ISBN-13: 9781574445831

Worldwide agriculture is now on the crossroads. the fairway Revolution of the final century is wasting momentum. premiums of development in nutrition construction are actually declining, with land and water assets turning into scarcer, whereas international inhabitants maintains to develop. we have to proceed to spot and percentage the data that would aid profitable and sustainable agriculture platforms. those count crucially on soil. Gaining overseas recognition, Dr. Uphoff’s efforts to advertise and strengthen sustainable agriculture used to be lately featured within the N.Y. instances Led via Norman Uphoff, across the world popular for his proactive method of international starvation, this quantity brings jointly 102 specialists representing 28 countries and a number of disciplines to document on achievements in sustainable soil-system administration. whereas accepting a few carrying on with function for chemical and different exterior inputs, this publication offers ways that vegetation will be produced affordably in higher abundance with lessened dependence at the exogenous assets that experience pushed the growth of agriculture long ago. together with the paintings of either researchers and practitioners, this crucial quantity — ·         Explores soil structures in quite a few weather stipulations ·         Discusses the significance of symbiotic relationships among vegetation and soil organisms, taking a look at plants as necessary and interdependent members in ecosystems ·         Seeks to minimize the space among medical study and technical perform ·         Examines similar concerns similar to pest and affliction keep an eye on, weather switch, fertility recovery, and makes use of of tracking and modeling With 50 self-contained chapters, this paintings presents researchers, practitioners, and coverage makers with a accomplished knowing of the technological know-how and steps had to make the most of soil platforms for the long term advantage of humankind. for info at the SRI, procedure of Rice Intensification being built by way of Uphoff and others, visit

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Any nutrients that are lost through crop production, according to the standard view, must be replaced whenever exported in order to sustain a given level of fertility. Such a simplification of soil processes has supported some demonstrable successes in agronomic theory and practice. However, a more multifaceted appreciation of how soils function as dynamic systems can help achieve even greater increases in yield and profitability while also contributing to improved soil and water quality. Biologically-based practices with an agroecological perspective do not focus on single species, respectively.

As far as is possible, we will need to find ways to restore and improve land previously lost through soil-degrading practices. For all these tasks, more knowledge of and reliance on biological processes will be part of the process of making soil systems more productive and more sustainable, preserving them and, where they are degraded, rehabilitating them. Fortunately, the contributions to this book provide evidence and reasons to think that these outcomes are attainable. We are pleased that the largest number of the innovative management systems reported in Part III are from Africa, where more productive and more sustainable agriculture is most needed.

This has been seen in some subhumid or semi-arid tropical regions such as the cerrado and some other parts of northeast Brazil, in Colombia (the Cauca valley), Cuba, and other tropical areas (Primavesi, 1997). Intensive mechanized, monocrop agriculture runs into difficulties when practiced close to the equator and elsewhere as well. The sustainable productivity of tropical soils depends on the careful exploitation of their intrinsic qualities and processes. 2 Nutrient Replenishment A tropical soil system that is exhausted and lacking in available nutrients due to continuous cultivation can recover all or most of its exported nutrients within 8– 10 years under regrowth of native vegetation in the humid tropics if the tree seed pool still remains (Khatounian, 2001).

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