Creating Wealth from Waste: Resource Use Efficiency in Climate-Smart Agriculture
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Smith A, Le TT. 2017. Creating Wealth from Waste: Resource Use Efficiency in Climate-Smart Agriculture. CCAFS Info Note. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
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This brief provides an assessment of the economic and ecological benefits associated with vermiculture as a climate-smart practice. Using data from interviews with farmers in My Loi, Vietnam, this article highlights the productivity and adaptation benefits which can result from vermiculture practice. An economic analysis showcases significant anticipated returns for farmers in the initial year of vermiculture establishment. This assessment evaluates initial labor and materials, maintenance, system inputs, worm sales, and worms as a supplemental protein source for poultry. Qualitative metrics are also included for soil and productivity, with vermiculture linked to improvements in crop health, soil fertility and moisture levels. Because the initial investment and space requirements are minimal, vermiculture is ideal for broader adoption in diverse farm systems.
SubjectsCLIMATE-SMART TECHNOLOGIES AND PRACTICES;
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