Crops: plantain, maize and cassava

It is common in traditional farming families' for children to leave school at an early age to support the families livelihood in the field. With conservation agriculture, this need is greatly reduced.

Linda shares, “Before, my mother found it hard to pay my school fees; now she never struggles to pay my fees on time.” 

CA has provided a path for Adwoa to generate a healthy income for her family while also managing the daily responsibilities of caring for her children and household. Since adopting this system two years ago, Adwoa has tripled her maize yield that creates the opportunity for her to sell the surplus in the market increasing her disposable income.

In the system of no-till farming, many of the highly labor-intensive and time-consuming tasks such as weeding are significantly reduced. Weeding can take days to complete in a traditional system, but for no-till farmers it takes hours. The use of mulch cover on fields prevents the growth of weeds. Adwoa explains, “I only come to farm with my daughter on weekends since she goes to school during the week days.”

CA farmers reduce their field labor by an average of 45% over time through improved weed control.*

*Based on HGBF | CNTA Data, 2016