FAO conservation agriculture

The zai approach means not new products but new practices --- in this case doing more to the land. But equally important are approaches doing less to the land – including “conservation agriculture,” which the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Theodor Friedrich sees as essential to the future of farming. A core principle is “avoiding continuous mechanical soil disturbance.” As a consequence, conservation farming reduces on average the farmer’s workload by half; and mechanized farmers can save up to 70 percent in fuel costs. In 25 years conservation farming has spread to nearly 250 million acres worldwide

Source: FAO Newsroom, Farmers Must Change to Feed the World, Food and Agriculture Organization, February 4, 2009,

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