Nearly two billion people depend on hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers for food security. Yet, these farmers’ lives also hang in the balance due to their extreme vulnerability to the risks of soil degradation and depletion, soil exhaustion, climate change, and numerous biotic and abiotic stresses. Soil Management of Smallholder Agriculture explores the potential smallholder agriculture hold for advancing global food security and outlines the challenges to achieving this goal.
The book addresses the challenges and opportunities that resource-poor and small landholders face and provides recommended management practices to alleviate soil-related constraints, and increase and sustain crop yield and production. It discusses the cultural, economic, social, and technological aspects of sustainable soil management for smallholder farmers. It then examines soil-related and institutional constraints, principles of sustainable agriculture, soil quality improvement, nutrient and soil fertility management, soil carbon sequestration, soil security, efficient use of resources, and agronomic production.
Edited by experts, the book makes the case for the adoption of proven technologies of sustainable intensification, producing more from less, both for advancing agronomic production and adapting to changing climate. It outlines a strategy that will usher in a soil-based Green Revolution by increasing the use efficiency of energy-based inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation to restore soil quality, and sequestering carbon in the terrestrial ecosystems. This strategy helps small farms narrow the gap between the actual and attainable crop yield.
"This book puts forth a management program for small farmers to ease soil-related constraints. The contributing authors consider cultural, economic, social, and technological issues associated with sustainable management of the soil."
—Ringgold, Inc. Book News, February 2015
Small Landholder Farming and Global Food Security, Rattan Lal
Enhancing Soil Security for Smallholder Agriculture, Johan Bouma, Niels H. Batjes, M.P.W. Sonneveld, and Prem Bindraban
Smallholder Farmers, Fertilizers, and Increased Food Demand, Deborah Hellums and Amit Roy
Enhancing Soil and Landscape Quality in Smallholder Grazing Systems, Jean L. Steiner, Alan J. Franzluebbers, Constance Neely, Tim Ellis, and Ermias Aynekulu
Sustainable Food Production in Indo-Gangetic Plains: Role of Improved Cultivars in Cropping System Intensification for Small Farm Holders, Raj Gupta and Rajbir Yadav
Soil Management for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in the Himalayan Region, Roshan M. Bajracharya, Dil Prasad Sherchan, Bed Mani Dahal, and Nani Raut
Long-Term Effects of Different Fertilizer Management Practices on Soil Organic Carbon Pool in Smallholder Farms of the Huang–Huai–Hai Plains, China, Xiangbin Kong, Rattan Lal, Baoguo Li, Lei Han, Hongjun Lei, Kejiang Li, and Youlu Bai
Productivity of Small Landholders of South Asia and Scarcity of Water Resources, Rattan Lal
Conservation Agriculture on Chernozems in the Republic of Moldova, Boris Boincean and Rattan Lal
Experiences on Conservation Agriculture (CA) in Zambia, Malawi, and Ethiopia: Effects on Yield, Soil Properties, Labor Use, Profitability, and Adoption, Jens B. Aune
Agroforestry for Small Landholders of Eastern and Southern Africa, T.L. Beedy, G. Nyamadzawo, E. Luedeling, D.-G. Kim, F. Place, and K. Hadgu
Adaptation by Smallholders in Eastern Africa to Climate Change through Conservation Agriculture, Didas N. Kimaro, H.B. Msita, Andrew Kabanza, S. Dondeyne, J. Deckers, and J. Poesen
Community, Climate Change, and Sustainable Intensification: Why Gender Is Important, Cornelia B. Flora
Small-Farmer Choice and Decision Making for Sustainable Soil Management, Keith M. Moore, Jerod Myers, and Corinna Clements
Factors Affecting Adoption of Soil and Water Conservation Production Systems in Lesser-Scale Societies, Ted L. Napier and Corey Henry Cockerill
Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Agriculture, Rattan Lal and Bobby A. Stewart