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Restoring the Soil Roland Bunch

Restoring the Soil

Roland Bunch

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Free, PDF version of the book may be found, from the publisher, at the following:http://foodgrainsbank.ca/uploads/Rest...PrefaceAs world population numbers tick ever higher, ensuring that food production keeps pace is one of the biggest challengesMoreFree, PDF version of the book may be found, from the publisher, at the following:http://foodgrainsbank.ca/uploads/Rest...PrefaceAs world population numbers tick ever higher, ensuring that food production keeps pace is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Large-scale agriculture will provide part of the solution, but smallholder farmers (farmers in developing countries who often have limited land and capital, are poorly linked to markets and are vulnerable to risks) will also play a vital role in feeding the next generations.Millions of smallholder farmers around the world, however, are facing a serious soil fertility crisis, and many of these families also suffer from food insecurity. Soilinfertility and erosion losses in many regions of the world are standing in the way of increased food production and improved livelihoods for many smallholder farmers.Maintaining, and in many cases recovering soil fertility, has become a major challenge facing agricultural professionals and farmers.Green manure/cover crops are proving to be an effective, locally appropriate and low-external-input solution to this crisis. This strategy for improving livelihoods of someof the world’s most food-insecure people needs to be shared with agriculture development workers and smallholder farmers around the world.With this objective in mind, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) contracted agroecologist Roland Bunch to write this book. Roland has years of international field experience with green manure/cover crops and is widely recognized as one of the world’s experts on this subject. He also has gained international respect for his passion to help smallholder farmers through a people-centered agriculture revolution, summarized in his popular book Two Ears of Corn: A Guide to People-Centered Agriculture Improvement.This new book,Restoring the Soil, synthesizes Roland’s extensive field-based researchgathered from thousands of smallholder farmers he has visited around the world whoincorporated green manure/cover crops into their farming systems. This book presents the information in a user-friendly format intended to help agricultural development workers and farmers decide what systems may be most appropriate for the geographical area they work in.The CFGB network of members and partners is committed to building capacity around the use of green manure/cover crops in agriculture development projects.We are convinced that green manure/cover crops are among the best solutions to sustainably increase production while improving soil fertility for smallholder farmers.It is our sincere desire that this book will assist not only the CFGB network, but also a wider network of organizations and smallholder farmers in designing sustainable cropping systems.Jim Cornelius, Executive DirectorCanadian Foodgrains Bank