To till or not to till? The diffusion of conservation agriculture in Xieng Khouang province, Lao PDR . Opportunities and constraints

Lestrelin Guillaume, Nanthavong Khamla, Jobard Etienne, Keophoxay Anousith, Lienhard Pascal, Khambanseuang Chanxay, Castella Jean-Christophe. 2012. To till or not to till? The diffusion of conservation agriculture in Xieng Khouang province, Lao PDR . Opportunities and constraints. Outlook on Agriculture, 41 (1) : pp. 41-49.

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Abstract : Over the past decade, efforts have been made to promote conservation agriculture as an ecologically sound alternative to tillage-based agriculture in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). This paper assesses some of the outcomes of a five-year research project aimed at developing sustainable no-till cropping and pasture systems and promoting their adoption by smallholders in Xieng Khouang province. Based on extensive household surveys in 20 villages, it highlights key environmental and socioeconomic factors influencing the adoption and diffusion of conservation agriculture. Finally, it provides policy recommendations to facilitate agricultural innovation and provide greater incentives for farmers to shift towards more sustainable farming practices. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Pratique culturale, Changement technologique, Innovation, Adoption de l'innovation, agriculture alternative, Travail du sol, Labour, Non-travail du sol, Évaluation de l'impact, Petite exploitation agricole, agroécologie, Semis direct, Rotation culturale, Oryza, Plante fourragère, Légumineuse fourragère, Système de pâturage, Enquête sur exploitations agricoles

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : République démocratique populaire lao

Mots-clés complémentaires : Agriculture de conservation

Classification Agris : F07 - Soil cultivation
F08 - Cropping patterns and systems
E14 - Development economics and policies
L02 - Animal feeding

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2005-2013) - Intensification écologique

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Lestrelin Guillaume, IRD (LAO) ORCID: 0000-0001-6207-218X
  • Nanthavong Khamla, IRD (LAO)
  • Jobard Etienne, AgroParisTech (FRA)
  • Keophoxay Anousith, NAFRI (LAO)
  • Lienhard Pascal, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR SIA (LAO)
  • Khambanseuang Chanxay, NAFRI (LAO)
  • Castella Jean-Christophe, CIFOR (IDN) ORCID: 0000-0003-3532-0728

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