Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Conservation Agriculture in the Southeast Asia

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“Continuous demographic pressure and rapid market integration have created necessity to further agricultural developments to meet not only food security, but also the increased demands for nutrition security, food safety, energy, etc., while the global climate change has created needs for capturing synergies between agricultural production and environmental protection. New breakthroughs to trigger the second Green Revolution have therefore become necessary. Continuous demographic pressure and rapid market integration have created necessity to further agricultural developments to meet not only food security, but also the increased demands for nutrition security, food safety, energy, etc., while the global climate change has created needs for capturing synergies between agricultural production and environmental protection. New breakthroughs to trigger the second Green Revolution have therefore become necessary. Thus, it is now the right time for us to consider the means to make “the Double-Green Revolution” to become a reality.

Conservation Agriculture (CA) has demonstrated potential to meet this goal through designing and promoting the adoption of environment-sound and climate-resilient agricultural production systems. Increasing interests and efforts have been given to CA research for development in the Southeast Asia during the last 15 years. As a result, a new stage has been reached with the formation of the Conservation Agriculture Network for Southeast Asia (CANSEA) in 2009, in which efforts have been maintained to adapt concepts of CA to small scale farmers dealing with a great diversity of climate, land, topography and economy conditions. Enormous inputs are needed for the Southeast Asia to design specific and diverse CA innovations appropriate for local farmers and to promote their large scale adoption. This requires involvement of a wide range of stakeholders from both private and public sectors”. This quotation is from the Foreword by Mr. Buu Ba Bong, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam to the Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Conservation Agriculture in the Southeast Asia organized in Hanoi on 10-14 December 2012.

The theme of this conference is Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Upland Livelihood: Innovations for, with and by Farmers to Adapt to Local and Global Changes”. The conference is co-organized by the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Northern Mountainous Agricultural and Forestry Science Institute (NOMAFSI), and sponsored by the French Development Agency (AFD), the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE), the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR), the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program (SANREM) and the World Association for Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC).

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