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Are productivity enhancing, resource conserving technologies a viable "Win-win" approach in the tropics? The case of conservation tillage in Mexico

Author: Erenstein, O.
Year: 1997
ISSN: 1405-3748
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10883/943
Abstract: This paper summarizes factors affecting the agricultural and environmental potential of conservation tillage in maize-based farming systems in Mexico. The author begins by describing some of the implications of soil conservation in the tropics, including the goals of conservationists and farmers, the defining characteristics of conservation tillage systems, and current perceptions of the potential advantages of conservation tillage in Mexico. Next, the advantages, disadvantages, costs, and benefits of conservation tillage from the farmer's point of view are discussed, followed by an assessment of possible environmental benefits and costs. The author describes four combinations of agricultural and environmental outcomes that could arise from adoption of conservation tillage in the tropics: agriculture lose, environment lose; agriculture win, environment lose; agriculture lose, environment win; and agriculture win, environment win.
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: CIMMYT
Serie: CIMMYT NRG Reprint Series
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Type: Book
Country focus: Mexico
Region: North America
Place of Publication: Mexico
Pages: 14 pages
Serie Number: 97-01
Agrovoc: AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
Agrovoc: INNOVATION ADOPTION
Agrovoc: SOIL CONSERVATION
Agrovoc: CONSERVATION TILLAGE
Agrovoc: FARMING SYSTEMS
Agrovoc: AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
Agrovoc: INNOVATION ADOPTION
Agrovoc: SOIL CONSERVATION
Agrovoc: CONSERVATION TILLAGE
Agrovoc: FARMING SYSTEMS


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