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Full paper: http://www.fao.org/docrep/017/aq288e/aq288e.pdf
This presentation outlines an analysis of the determinants and the intensity of adoption of two components (i.e. the use of zero tillage and planting basins) of Conservation Farming in Zambia. We find a strong and robust relationship between the district level variation in historical rainfall during the growing season and adoption as well as the intensity of adoption of these practices in Zambia. This finding suggests that farmers are using these practices as a strategy to mitigate the risk of rainfall variability, providing evidence – albeit indirectly – of a synergy between these practices and adaptation to climate variability.