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22 January 2013

SIANI Guest Blog: Success for conservation agriculture in Asia

Photo Credit: Bo Lager

Photo by: Bo Lager

 In 1992, China started a comprehensive research program into conservation agriculture (CA) and by 2009, China had adopted a national plan for CA and thereby seriously and deliberately taking steps in progressing conservation agriculture.  By 2012 China was applying CA on more than 6 million hectares (approximately 5% of cultivated land in China) according to Li Hongwen, Professor at the Conservation Tillage Research Center in Beijing.  The conference “20 years of conservation agriculture in China”, gathered 110 CA experts from 15 countries around the world to discuss progress of CA in China, in November 2012. At the conference were six representatives from Academy of Agricultural Sciences from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) facilitated by Concern Worldwide. Concern Worldwide´s Food, Income and Market (FIM) programme in DPRK is actively supporting an integrated development approach were CA, sustainable utilization of sloping land (550,000 hectare in DPRK) and food processing, aims at reducing food insecurity.

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