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Zambia's 1st Agroecology Conference 2024

Conference Concept Note

In Zambia the agriculture sector is an integral part of national development and it plays a critical role in people’s livelihoods in terms of food and nutrition security, income and provision of employment. The agriculture sector has evolved since time in memorial from mare natural farming to its complex state where it has become highly mechanised. The current food production system has had a number of positive effects such as sustaining high production levels for certain crops especially maize and other cash crops. However, it has had its fair share of negative impacts such as reduction is soil productive potential where initially farmers were able to realise almost 8 tons per hector, they are now harvesting less that 0.3tons per hector, loss of biodiversity, emission of GHGs and general degradation of the soil. This is mainly due to the over reliance on external non bio-degradable input such as synthetic fertilisers suppling nitrogen, Potassium and urea.

Find the link to the full concept note below. Concept note on the agroecology conference-2024