The objective of the international conference on Conservation Agriculture (CA) for Smallholders in Asia and Africa is to bring together practitioners currently working towards the development and uptake of CA for smallholder farmers. Much has already being learnt about CA for smallholders across Asia and Africa. This conference served as a platform to present the current status of CA for smallholders, establish linkages among collaborators working on CA for smallholders and to chart a course for future developments that can help smallholder farmers find CA an attractive option.
Dr. Amir Kassam
Keynote Speaker of the opening session:
An overview of the current status of conservation agriculture globally and for Asia and Africa to identify progress made and challenges remaining with designing and adapting CA to the circumstances of the smallholders.
Dr. Amir Kassam is an adviser in sustainable agriculture intensification with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome, and Moderator of the FAO-hosted Global Platform for Conservation Agriculture Community of Practice (CA-CoP). Dr. Kassam is TKN advisor to the Aga Khan Foundation network and Visiting Professor in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, UK. Dr. Kassam was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours List in 2005 for services to tropical agriculture and to rural development.
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