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Land Husbandry Specialist Group


The Land Husbandry Group’s interests cover aspects of the properties, dynamics, resilience and good management of land resources, from which agricultural, environmental and social benefits are derived.

Land husbandry comprises both agro-ecological and socio-economic aspects. The key focus of the LH Group is for a better understanding of the ecological foundations of sustainable agricultural land uses, and how soil/plant ecosystems’ health and productive capacity can be optimised and maintained under varied systems of land-use.

The effects of improved land husbandry are clearly shown by well-managed mulch-based zero-till (ZT) systems of agriculture, also known as Conservation Agriculture (CA). Click here for a definition of CA. The principles and practices of better land husbandry have been fully validated by the widely-adopted experiences of farmers and researchers in Brazil and elsewhere, and have  the principles and practices of better land husbandry have proved very beneficial to the health, productivity and conservation of the soil, to more stable crop production and the economics of farming, to water-availability for plants, to food security, to the wider environment, and to people’s livelihoods.


The purpose of the Group’s international work is to:

  • Study improvements in land husbandry and their consequential effects in any country.
  • Network with other organisations and people interested in land husbandry.
  • Influence policies and strategies, research, and activities which contribute to improving land husbandry in any situation worldwide.
  • Provide talks and materials concerning land husbandry in the linked spheres of agriculture (soil health) and environment (watershed management) which can enrich the training of both pre-service and in-service staff of government and non-government organisations.
  • Bring relevant experiences of land husbandry in tropical agriculture into focus in the UK and other temperate countries.
  • Publication of papers, click here for examples of our publications, recent Press Releases and news from the FAO Community of Practice in Conservation Agriculture.
  • Read reports of Group events


To join, contact Amir Kassam or Francis Shaxson at

Land Husbandry Specialist Group News

Two Wheel Tractor Newsletter

Please see attached the December Newsletter for the  Two Wheel Tractor,  from Jeff Esdaile. 2018_TWO_WHEEL_TRACTOR _December.

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Conservation Agriculture News

New Conservation Information Website

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC),a clearing-house of information on conservation farming practices, has launched its brand-new website at The easy-to-search,simple-to-navigate site contains thousands of documents and links toinformation on conservation farming systems. 

[Thanks to the FAO COP on Conservation Agriculture]

The Value of Spiders in CA Systems

Please find a new paper from southern Africa assessing the valuable contribution of spiders in Conservation Agriculture (CA) systems. This was a collaborative effort by CIMMYT Zimbabwe with the University of Chinoyi. The results may be particularly relevant for future research on biological control measures for the Fall Armyworm FAW.

“The present study confirmed our first hypothesis and showed that no-tillage increased abundance of some predatory ground wanderers (Lycosidae and Gnaphosidae) and plant wanderers (Thomisidae), whilst also increasing spider diversity. Moreover, our results partly supported the second hypothesis and found increased abundances of Lycosidae, Gnaphosidae and Thomisidae in mulched plots”.Read the full paper.

As the lead researcher from CIMMYT, Christian Theirfelder, says: ‘Spiders are really cool!’