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Conservation Agriculture and Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptations

Ritesh Saha (Author) Dhananjay Barman (Author) Madhusudan Behera (Author)

Contents: I. Introduction to Conservation Agriculture Under Climate Change Scenario. 1. Climate Change and Its Impact in Agriculture and Water Resources/Gouranga Kar. 2. Climate Smart Agriculture: Special Reference to Conservation Agriculture/P. Bhattacharyya. 3. Relevance of Conservation Agriculture in Climate Change Perspective: An Issue for Climate Resilient Agriculture/P.K. Ghosh, C.P. Nath, Debarati Datta and K.K. Hazra. 4. Conservation Agriculture: Issues, Challenges and Prospects in India/A.K. Biswas, J. Somasundaram, K.M. Hati, Pramod Jha A.K. Viswakarma, R.S. Chaudhary and A.K. Patra. 5. Conservation Agriculture vis-a vis Resource Conservation Technologies (RCTs): Why and How?/R. Saha, J. Mitra and Alka Paswan. 6. Conservation Agriculture and Resource Conservation Technologies in Indo-Gangetic Plains: Status and Challenges Ahead/D. K. Kundu. 7. Impact of Climate Change on Insect Pest Dynamics and its Mitigation/S. Satpathy, B.S. Gotyal and V. Ramesh Babu. II. Approaches of Conservation Agriculture as Climate Change Adaptation Strategies. 8. Crop Diversification in CA /RCTs under Climate Change Perspective: Special Reference to Jute & Allied Fibres/A.K. Ghorai and Debarati Datta. 9. Resource Conservation through Crop Residue Management for Sustainable Agriculture/M.S. Behera, Laxmi Sharma and Pradipta Samanta. 10. Agroecological Dynamics and Strategic Cultural Management of Weeds in Conservation Agriculture/S. Sarkar and B. Majumdar. 11. Prospects of Organic Farming as Resource Conservation Technology/Brij Lal Lakaria, Satish Bhagwatrao Aher, Pramod Jha, A.B. Singh, B.P., Meena, S. Ramana and J. K. Thakur. 12. Cover Crops: Potential and Prospects in Conservation Agriculture/Debarati Datta, Sourav Ghosh, R. Saha and C. P. Nath. 13. Biodynamic Farming and Organic Farming: Traditional Approach for Resource Conservation/Mahua Banerjee and R. Saha. 14. Environmental Friendly Insect Pest Management under Resource Conservation Technologies/B.S. Gotyal, S. Satpathy and V. Ramesh Babu. 15. Scope and Potential of Precision Farming in Conservation Agriculture for Improving Input Use Efficiency/K.M. Hati, J. Somasundaram, R.S. Chaudhary, R.K. Singh A.K. Biswas, N.K. Sinha and M. Mohanty. 16. Role of GIS, Remote Sensing and Agro Advisory in Conservation Agriculture/D. Barman, R. Saha, Tania Bhowmick, Abhishek Bagui Girindrani Dutta and Shikhasri Das. 17. Overview of Crop Growth Models as Support System to Conservation Agriculture/Saon Banerjee and Soumen Mondal. III. Impact of Conservation Agriculture for Natural Resource Management. 18. Natural Resource Management Through Conservation Agriculture Under Climate Change Scenario/Debashis Mandal. 19. Conservation Agriculture: An Approach Towards Sustainability of Soil Physical Health/A. Kundu, S. Mukherjee, R. Nandi and P. K. Bandyopadhyay. 20. Nutrient Dynamics Through Conservation Agriculture Under Climate Change Scenario/A.R. Saha, S.P. Mazumdar and Alka Paswan. 21. Conservation Agriculture and Its Impact on Soil Quality in Climate Change Scenario/S.P. Mazumdar, S. Sasmal and Ria Bhattacharya. 22. Impact of Conservation Agriculture Practices on Soil Microbial Diversity/B. Majumdar, S. Sarkar, Lipi Chattopadhyay and Shrestha Barai. 23. Impact of Conservation Agriculture Practices on Soil Water Dynamics/S. Mitra, R. Saha and N.M. Alam. 24. Conservation Agriculture for Enhancing Soil Health and Crop Production/J. Somasundaram, A.O. Shirale, N.K.Sinha, B.P. Meena, K.M. Hati, M. Mohanty, A.K. Naorem, A.K. Biswas and A.K. Patra. 25. Energy Budgeting and Farm Mechanization in Conservation Agriculture/R.K. Naik and Alka Paswan. IV. Climate Change Mitigation Strategies & Socio-Economic Impact of Conservation Agriculture. 26. Mining Genetic Resources for Plant Traits Suited to Changing Climatic Conditions/Pratik Satya, Suman Roy, Laxmi Sharma, Soham Ray, Amit Bera Srinjoy Ghosh. 27. Scope of Agroforestry Systems for Climate Change Adaptation/R. Saha, D. Barman, Suman Roy and Pradipta Samanta. 28. Conservation Agriculture Approaches for Reducing Carbon Footprint/A.K. Singh. 29. Greenhouse Gas Estimation: Techniques and Mitigation Technologies for Reducing Carbon Footprint in Agriculture/P. Bhattacharyya, S. R. Padhy and P. K. Dash. 30. Prospects and Constraints in Adoption of Conservation Agriculture Practices/Shamna. A, S.K. Jha, S. Kumar and M.L. Roy. 31. Retrospect and Prospects of Resource Conservation Technologies in Indo-Gangetic Plains/S.K. Jha, S. Kumar, Shamna A., M.L. Roy and T. Samajdar.


Conventional tillage and burning crop residues has degraded the soil resource base and intensified soil degradation with concomitant decrease in crop production capacity. The emerging issue of global warming coupled with greenhouse gases emissions has further aggravated the scenario. Conservation agriculture (CA) helps in reducing many negative effects of conventional agriculture such as soil erosion, soil organic matter (SOM) decline, water loss, soil physical degradation, and fuel use. CA helps to improve biodiversity in the natural and agro-ecosystems. Complemented by other good agricultural practices (GAPs) including the use of quality seeds, integrated pest, nutrient and water management etc., CA provides a base for sustainable intensification of the agricultural production system. Moreover, the yield levels in CA systems are comparable and even higher than traditional intensive tillage systems with substantially less production costs.


The conservation agriculture (CA) practiced over an estimated 100 M ha area worldwide and across a variety of climatic, soil and geographic zones, has proved to be energy and input efficient, besides addressing the emerging environment and soil health problems. The CA technologies involving no- or minimum tillage with direct seeding and bed planting, residue management (mainly residue retention) and crop diversification have potential for improving productivity and soil quality, mainly by soil organic matter (SOM) build-up.


This bring many possible benefits including reduced water and energy use (fossil fuels and electricity), reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, soil erosion and degradation of the natural resource base, increased yields and farm incomes, and reduced labour shortages.


This book entitled ‘Conservation Agriculture and Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptations’ will provide comprehensive understanding of the subject with topics related to climate change mitigation strategies, approaches and impact of conservation agriculture on natural resource management.

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Title Conservation Agriculture and Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptations
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.09.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789390591084
length 496p.