Achieving food security or sovereignty is still a problem for many rural communities in developing countries around the world. Amongst the most promoted soil or crop management practices are conservation agriculture and more recently the push for agro-ecological principles in particular adoption of organic farming systems. This seminar is a collection of observations and research results from soil management focussed projects and training activities from Vietnam, the Papuan Highlands, Eastern Indonesia and Africa. It challenges some assumptions on adoption of farming practices like conservation agriculture and the enigma of organic farming systems for developing countries.
About the speaker:
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland
Dr. Kirchhof graduated in Agricultural Engineering from Hannover University in Germany and gained his PhD in soil physics from UQ. Returning to UQ in 2002, he has been teaching land resource management and undertaking projects in PNG and Vietnam. He also runs training courses for Think Soils under the Australia Award programs for Africa and Indonesia. Prior to rejoining UQ, he researched subsoil remediation, led a NSW DPI team on soil structural decline in northern NSW, worked on a number of ACIAR project in Indonesia and The Philippines for post rice legume production, and worked in Nigeria as leader of soil physics at IITA working on soil conservation West African Guinea savannahs. Over 40 refereed journal publications, 3 book chapters and over 60 other publications.