Sustainable intensification practices based on conservation #agriculture #SIMLESA project @CIMMYT #Mozambique #AgriStream

A woman stands on a field intercropping beans and maize in Sussundenga, Manica province, Mozambique. (Photo: Luis Jose Cabango)By Ben du Koker
A woman stands on a field intercropping beans and maize in Sussundenga, Manica province, Mozambique. (Photo: Luis Jose Cabango) [left]

For many small farmers across sub-Saharan Africa, the crop yields their livelihoods depend on are affected by low-quality inputs and severe challenges like climate change, pests and diseases. Unsustainable farming practices like monocropping are impacting soil health and reducing the productivity of their farms.

Sustainable intensification practices based on conservation agriculture entail minimal soil disturbance, recycling crop plant matter to cover and replenish the soil, and diversified cropping patterns. These approaches maintain moisture, reduce erosion and curb nutrient loss. Farmers are encouraged and supported to inter…

SOURCE: https://agristreamonline.wordpress.com/2019/03/02/sustainable-intensification-practices-based-on-conservation-agriculture-simlesa-project-cimmyt-mozambique-agristreamin/

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