Association pour la Promotion d'une Agriculture Durable (APAD)


Global Conservation Agriculture Network - GCAN International (GCAN)



Benoit Lavier

Bertrand Masure

Diane Masure

Nicolas Bronzovich

Maria Beatriz Pilou Giraudo

Gérard Rass

Mailen Saluzzio

Sophie Gardette

Tom Goddard


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Conservation Agriculture (CA) is an operational and integrated approach of agro-ecology to manage agro-ecosystems for improved and sustained productivity, increased profits and food security while preserving and enhancing the environment. CA is characterized by three principles:

  1. Minimum or no mechanical soil disturbance.
  2. Permanent mulch soil cover.
  3. Diversification of crop species grown in sequences and/or associations.

CA is a farmer-centred, well thought out systems view of agriculture production that builds and utilizes natural nutrient cycles.
CA protects and enhances soil and water resources and, increases ecosystem services. 

CA principles are universally applicable to all agricultural landscapes and land uses, with locally adapted practices. Conservation agriculture is a best practice for food security, provides resilience to cope with climate extremes, protects environmental quality, and stores carbon in the soil reducing agriculture’s global carbon footprint.

CA enhances biodiversity and natural biological processes above and below ground surface. Detrimental interventions such as mechanical soil disturbance are reduced to an absolute minimum or avoided, and external inputs such as agrochemicals and plant nutrients of mineral or organic origin are applied optimally and in ways and quantities that do not interfere with, or disrupt, the biological processes.

CA is compatible with a wide range of agriculture production systems and farm types.

Conservation Agriculture (CA) has been adopted by innovative farmers around the world for its environmental and economic attributes.  Once practices have shifted from Conventional to CA, further economic and social benefits are accrued (lower capital investment costs, increased education and knowledge, community leadership).

CA has spread across more than 55 countries to a current level of  180 million hectares. FAO has played a key leadership role in this achievement.

To meet the need for new research results, applicable and relevant information along with community of practice support, CA farmer organizations have emerged in many countries.  Their continued search for knowledge, practical experiences and new insights have precipitated the formation of regional federations as well as a World Congress every two years under the sponsorship of FAO and other supporters.

The concurrent emergence of environmental interests/concerns such as biodiversity, Millennium Assessment, Sustainable Development Goals, climate change vulnerability and resilience have underlined the desirable attributes of CA and the correct direction of mainstreaming efforts of adoption.

Food security is better addressed through CA via greater diversity of crops and less climate vulnerability to both intense weather (intense storms) and climate variations (drought).  Diversity of CA applications can also extend to integrated crop-livestock and crop-livestock-forestry systems.

In 2015, communication amongst CA enthusiasts and organizations resulted in a collaboration to ensure CA and Agriculture content is before participants at COP21.  This organization adopted the name, Global Conservation Agriculture Network – GCAN.

GCAN is intended to be a collaborative network not to replace any CA organization but to augment and support all of them and most importantly to link them so that the transfer of knowledge, innovation and support can be catalyzed.

Agriculture and policy institutions around the world need to consider the bottom-up experience, wisdom and reality of farmer input.  There are extremely few communication channels for farmer voices - GCAN is one of them. 

National and regional organizations have their hands full serving their farmer membership and very little capacity remains to reach out across the globe.  GCAN volunteers intend to help develop the linkages, transfer of knowledge and facilitate leadership through global community support.

Agriculture production is becoming more system orientated than ever before.  The integration of resource sustainability, environment and climate concerns make those systems even more complex and increasingly foreign or difficult for non-agriculture organizations to understand and communicate with.

As the agriculture population remains steady and population and interests in tangential areas increases, there will be an increasing need for agriculture practitioners to have the skills to reach out and bridge across societal interests.


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Our webinaire "Carbone: de l'or au coeur des sols?" in French


You are welcome to also visit our partner's GCAN - AAPRESID virtual Stand 002 https://wiki.afris.org/display/4EGW21/Stand+002 for more insights on Conservation Agriculture

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  1. Association pour la Promotion d'une Agriculture Durable (APAD) | Diane Masure amd Gérard Rass APAD is part of a global network of farmer producer organizations that promote the adoption of the concept of conservation agriculture in the real economy. APAD, like its partner organizations in other countries, is organized and operated by producers. It is a global farmer movement for conservation agriculture. In France, APAD is made up of several autonomous regional groups. Learning and sharing experiences at field days and workshops are the main activities. Improving the business environment was a point of discussion. APAD regrets that many well-intentioned government efforts, are ill advised and often have an opposite effect. Dialogue with the farmers in conception, planning and decision making comes too short. We briefly touched on the issue of payment for C-sequestration. Diane drew my attention to the national program "Qu'est-ce que le Label bas-carbone ?" https://agriculture.gouv.fr/quest-ce-que-le-label-bas-carbone which was recently launched in France. Shame, I missed it completely (smile)! I'm sure it's of interest to others.

  2. Merci de partager avec tout le monde le travail que vous faites avec l'agriculture de conservation. Je voudrais vous inviter à visiter notre stand 19 - Agripower Australia, pour en savoir plus sur les avantages de l'engrais silicium pour l'agriculture de conservation, la santé des sols et des plantes et la séquestration du carbone. Veuillez nous laisser un message si vous souhaitez nous rencontrer et parler davantage! www.agripower.com.au

  3. Anonymous

    Good afternoon. I am Dr. Nandini from BAIF Development Research Foundation, India. We are representing our work on 'Soil restoration for achieving sustainable livelihoods, climate change adaptation and mitigation' through stand no 37. Please visit our stand no 37 and also join for video chat today between 2 to 3 pm (IST).

  4. Bonjour, je suis monsieur Barca ELONGO MUSAFIRI, coordonnateur de l'ong ADIF en République Démocratique du Congo. Nous sommes très intéressé par vos activités et nous souhaiterions que vous visitiez notre stand 25, Si notre proposition de projet vous intéresse aussi, nous vous prions de nous contacter aux adresses e-mail suivantes: barcaelongo@gmail.com ou adifmaniema@yahoo.fr.

    Nous aimerions développé un partenariat avec APAD en vue de contribuer efficacement à la lutte contre le changement climatique par la conservation des sols, la sécurité alimentaire et la séquestration du carbone.

    Salutation cordiale


  5. Good evening. I am Dr. Nandini from BAIF Development Research Foundation, India. We are representing our work on 'Soil restoration for achieving sustainable livelihoods, climate change adaptation and mitigation' through stand no 37. Please visit our stand and join our event on 18-05-2021 between 14.00 to 15.00 IST.
    The topic for the event is 'Tree based farming system (Wadi)'. BAIF Development Research Foundation in partnership with farming families, has evolved and promoted “Tree Based Farming System” popularly known as “Wadi”. The Wadi model has been widely adopted by more than 0.45 million families in 25 states of India. This has resulted in significant increase in farm income, reduction in distress migration, better nutrition and improved quality of lives of the participating families. The programme interventions have resulted in various environmental benefits including improved biodiversity and substantial sequestration of carbon in soil and wood biomass. This session aims at sharing the details of the Wadi model and our experience pertaining to it.

  6. Good evening. I am Dr. Nandini from BAIF Development Research Foundation, India. We are participating in this virtual EU Fair and have shared our work on 'Soil restoration for achieving sustainable livelihoods, climate change adaptation and mitigation' through stand no 37. Please do visit our stand for understanding the work in India. 

    This is also to share with you all that we have planned a sharing event on 25th May between 14.00 to 15.00 IST (+/- 5.5 UTC). The topic of this sharing event is 'Environmentally sound and climate smart program interventions through BAIF Development Research Foundation', India. It will be based on BAIF, India's efforts on ground to build resilience of vulnerable farming communities against climate change effects by introducing on ground, the multisectorial program interventions for resilient farming system.

    So, please participate for enriching knowledge!  See you there!