La Asociación Argentina de Productores en Siembra Directa (AAPRESID) Global Conservation Agriculture Network (GCAN)
Soils are the first land carbon reservoir, and therefore, key allies in the fight against climate change and the reduction of GHG emissions. Agriculture needs soils to produce food and ensure food security, but like any productive activity, it contributes to the emission of GHGs. However, not all forms of agriculture are the same: Conservation Agriculture (CA) is based on three pillars: 1) no soil disturbance, 2) use of cover crops, and 3) crop rotation. To provide its benefits, the role and experience of a fundamental ally is essential: the farmer, who knows the soil best, by walking and cultivating the fields every day.
This is the kind of exchange promoted by GCAN (Global Conservation Agriculture Network) at the global level. GCAN is composed of CA experts as well as farmers associations from all over the world, who are convinced that there are no universal recipes for implementing an agriculture capable of guaranteeing food security and mitigating climate change, but that it must be built at the grassroots level, from the ground up.
In Argentina, CA is implemented in over 90% of its agricultural surface. From our organization AAPRESID (Argentine No-Till Farmers Association), we not only promote the adoption of No-Till Systems, but also the permanent exchange between groups of farmers of different regions holding meetings to share their experience and their needs.