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Regional Conservation Agriculture Symposium
Emperors Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa
8 February 2011 - 10 February 2011



The Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) will be co-hosting a Regional Conservation Agricultural Symposium together with the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The event will take place on the 8 - 10 February 2011 in Johannesburg - South Africa.

The symposium is an initiative of the Southern Africa Conservation Agriculture Regional Working Group (CARWG). CARWG identified the need to bring together practitioners to share and debate existing knowledge, and explore ways to strengthen information and evidence generation.

Conservation Agriculture is a concept centered on three basic principles:
  1. Minimizing soil disturbance,
  2. Maintaining a permanent soil cover and
  3. Practising crop rotations
Conservation Agriculture is reputed to sustainably increase crop yields and help mitigate the impacts of droughts when combined with other good agronomic practices such as timely planting and effective weed, pest and disease management.

However, uptake of the technology by farmers in Southern Africa remains low due to policy, technical, social and environmental constraints, for which solutions are urgently needed.

The following are the objectives of the symposium:
  1. To share and document information on the biophysical, social and economic impacts of Conservation Agriculture technologies in the region;
  2. To share and document experiences on approaches to scaling up Conservation Agriculture and its impacts; and
  3. To identify key areas for research and development, and explore institutional and policy innovations for scaling up of Conservation Agriculture.
The symposium will focus on three themes. These are:
  1. Conservation Agriculture and Management
  2. Conservation Agriculture and its Impacts on Rural Livelihoods and
  3. Institutional Arrangements, Policy and Market Innovations for Conservation Agriculture in Southern Africa.
FANRPAN is proud to be part of this initiative and sees this symposium as one of the catalysts to food security in Africa.

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