THREE ANNUAL TECHNICAL PUBBLICATIONS OF THE PROJECT (YEARS 2012, 2013 AND 2014)

31/03/2015 Three annual technical pubblication have been produced by the SOILPRO project. 0 comments

Saving water in rise production in arid lands

26/03/2015 Even in a country with a large population and rapid population growth, there can be labor shortages in the agricultural sector, because of outmigration of the able-bodied work force. The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is not necessarily more labor-intensive once the methods have been learned, but the initial labor requirements can be a barrier to adoption, and farmers with large land areas cannot find the labor needed to use these more productive methods. Recognizing this problem, a set of agricultural implements have been designed for mechanizing the operations of SRI, with a view to reducing water requirements as well as labor requirements because the current conditions for agricultural production in the Punjab region of Pakistan include water scarcity and poor water quality as well as labor shortages. This article reports on the process of mechanizing SRI production in Punjab, which has been quite successful so far. Average yield is considerably increased with a 70% reduction in water requirements and a similar reduction in labor needs. The machinery and methods have been further adapted to other crops, being grown on permanent raised beds, so that SRI with organic fertilization is combined with Conservation Agriculture. This combination is referred to as ‘paradoxical agriculture’ because it enables farmers to achieve higher outputs with reduced inputs. 0 comments

FAO training materials: Exchanging Experience with Conservation Agriculture

03/09/2014 A new FAO pubblication for childrens training. 0 comments

Presentations at COST action summer school 2013

17/09/2013 Summer School Organized by the COST action (“Arid Land Restoration and Combat of Desertification:Setting up a Drylands and Desert Restoration Hub”), at Ciheam of Bari (Italy) in the week between 18 and 25 September 2013. 0 comments

THE LAND DEGRADATION IN MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES

Watch letter of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies CIHEAM, April 2014.


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LIFE AND SOIL PROTECTION PUBBLICATION

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Soil, A Natural Ecosystem Extract from an article published by Prof. Kyriakopoulos (EKPA) at page 47 on Eleutheria on 12-13th May 2012.

The Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection... read more.

R. Lal (2008) Climate Change and Soil Quality. Carbon Management and Sequestration Center. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210. 

Towards a Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection (European Commission, 2002)

Verso una strategia tematica per la protezione del suolo (Commissione Europea, 2002)

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