Sustainable Agriculture in the Rice-Wheat System

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Addressing a topic of major importance to the maintenance of world food supplies, this reference identifies knowledge gaps, defines priorities, and formulates recommendations for the improvement of the rice-wheat farming system-revealing new systems of rice intensification and management while illustrating the application of no-till and conservation farming to the rice-wheat system with case studies from India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

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Overview

Addressing a topic of major importance to the maintenance of world food supplies, this reference identifies knowledge gaps, defines priorities, and formulates recommendations for the improvement of the rice-wheat farming system-revealing new systems of rice intensification and management while illustrating the application of no-till and conservation farming to the rice-wheat system with case studies from India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

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Foreword
I Food security and natural resources
1 Prospects for world agriculture in the twenty-first century 1
2 Soil and water resources of South Asia in an uncertain climate 19
3 Food security and environment sustainability 37
II Challenges and opportunities of no-till farming
4 Historical development of no-till farming 55
5 Agroecological thoughts in zero-tillage : possibilities for improving both crop components of rice-wheat farming systems with rice intensification 83
6 Problems and challenges of no-till farming for the rice-wheat systems of the Indo-Gangetic plains in South Asia 101
7 Opportunities and constraints for reduced tillage practices in the rice-wheat cropping system
III Applications of no-till farming in the rice-wheat system in South Asia
8 No-tillage farming in the rice-wheat cropping systems in India 133
9 No-till option for the rice-wheat cropping system in the Indo-Gangetic plains of India : some experiences 147
10 Principles and practices of tillage systems for rice-wheat cropping systems in the Indo-Gangetic plains of South Asia 167
11 No-till in the rice-wheat system : an experience from Nepal 209
12 Impact of no-tillage farming on wheat production and resource conservation in the rice-wheat zone of Punjab, Pakistan 219
13 Impact of no-till farming on the rice-wheat system in Bangladesh 229
IV Adaptation of no-till farming
14 Equipment for sustainable cropping systems 241
15 Mechanization challenges in no-till rice-wheat system for South Asia : no-till seeding drills for small landholders 255
16 No-till rice-wheat farming : the Arkansas experience 273
17 Impact of no-till farming in the United States 283
18 No-till farming in Brazil and its impact on food security and environmental quality 291
19 Potential of tillage, agropastoral, and planted fallow systems in low-fertility tropical soils of Latin America 311
20 The raised bed system of cultivation for irrigated production conditions 337
21 Control of rice water weevil in a stale or tilled seedbed 357
V Social and economic issues
22 Social and economic issues in agricultural intensification 363
23 Impact of conservation tillage in a temperate environment 377
24 Policy challenges for the rice-wheat farming systems of the Indo-Gangetic plains 389
25 Soil and water sustainability issues related to Australian grain cropping systems 403
26 Technology for small farms : the challenge of diversity 421
27 Adapt or adopt? : prospects for conservation tillage in the Indian farming system 431
28 Innovation, degradation, and conservation in South Asia's rice-wheat system : farmers' choices and lessons from U.S. experience 447
VI Networking and international cooperation
29 Toward promoting conservation agriculture for the rice-wheat system 465
30 The role of South Asian conservation agriculture network (SACAN) in no-till farming in Pakistan 479
VII Conclusions
31 Reconciling food security with environment quality through no-till farming 495
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