Hélène Ní Choncheanainn
Programme Assistant, East and Southern Africa Division

East and Southern Africa Division
Via Paolo Di Dono, 44
00142 Rome, Italy
Fax: +39 06 5043463

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About IFAD

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in developing countries. Its work in remote rural areas of the world helps countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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Issue 20 – July 2012

Opening message
What are the constraints and opportunities for Conservation Agriculture in Africa? Over the past ten years there has been an endless debate over the relevance of the ‘Conservation Agriculture’ (CA) paradigm to the livelihood aspirations of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan African (SSA).
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General feature on Conservation Agriculture
The world is facing one of its biggest challenges to date: producing more food for a growing population without increasing the land surface used to do so.
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Zambia: a case study on Conservation Agriculture
Persistent food insecurity. Zambia is a food-insecure country despite excellent soils, relatively good rainfall and a population density of only 14 per/km2.
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Uganda: the use of cover crop among oil palm growers
Cover crops are one of the most common techniques used in Conservation Agriculture (CA). They are planted primarily to increase soil fertility.
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Madagascar: introducing the drip irrigation technology
Drip irrigation is an irrigation method that saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either onto the soil surface or directly onto the root zone.
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News and eventsNews and events

Loans and grants approved at the April 2012 Executive Board

Loans and grants to be submitted to the September 2012 Executive Board

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