Sustainable management of agroecological resources in tribal societies (SMARTS)

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Blacksburg, VA: SANREM CRSP, OIRED, Virginia Tech

This presentation describes the research proposal for implementing conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS) in India and Nepal (LTRA-11). In these areas, increasing population, deforestation, and large-scale development are leading to poverty, decreased soil quality, and declining crop productivity. The goal is to collaborate with local farmers, non-governmental organizations and universities to evaluate the cost and benefits of CAPS. Through the use of participatory action research and community-level training, this team of researchers will promote a sustainable production system that will enhance food security and optimize land use.

Participatory processes, Conservation agriculture, Soil degradation, Soil fertility, Soil quality, Food security, Institutional capacity building, Empowerment, Local knowledge, Adoption of innovations, Participatory action research, Nepal, India, Farm/Enterprise Scale Field Scale
Presented at the 2010 SANREM CRSP Kick-Off/Annual Meeting, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 6 May 2010