Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Conservation Agriculture in Paraguay

This week we explore an article summarizing a study on conservation agriculture and it's adoption in Paraguay. The study highlights the success and struggles in adoption of conservation agriculture practices within the country. After reading the article use the discussion points below to foster conversation around the globe.

Conservation Agriculture and Smallholder Farmers

Discussion Points
  • What has caused small farms in Paraguay to fall behind in conservation agriculture practices?
  • On the other side what has aided medium to large farms to find success with conservation agriculture practices?
  • What factors can lead to farmers (especially smallholder farmers) being skeptical of conservation agriculture at first?
  • What could be done to help farmers transition to conservation agriculture practices with more success?
  • What does conservation agriculture look like in your home area? What are the trends?


Anonymous said...

I feel the government should help assist them more so they can have better practices in their farming.

Goatguy said...

We are fortunate in the U.S. that the government has made a huge commitment to conservation by budgeting millions of dollars for that purpose and setting up Natural Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS) offices in every county (in Iowa, anyway). I am not sure what it would take for Paraguay to make that kind of commitment.

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