Evaluating the effects of conservation agriculture and related technologies on soil biodiversity, crop and labour productivity in semi-arid Zimbabwe

This on-going study is examining the linkage between termite prevalence and residue amount under conservation agriculture in Zimbabwe. Preliminary results show that convectional ploughing had lowest termite abundance while tied ridging increased yield of test crops by up to 29.8% and conservation agriculture by 15.2% compared to the control.
Cette étude en cours examine le lien entre la prévalence de termites et la quantité de résidus en vertu de l’agriculture de conservation au Zimbabwe. Les résultats préliminaires montrent que le labourage conventionnel a la plus faible abondance des termites tandis que le point lié de buttage augmente le rendement des cultures d’essai d’un maximum de 29,8% et l’agriculture de conservation de 15,2% par rapport au témoin.
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Southern Africa
RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme soil science and water management".