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Mr. Peter Aagaard

National Coordinator of the Zambia Conservation Farming Unit An Associate

Zambia National Farmers Union

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Zambia National Farmers Union

Background Information

Employment History

Chairman

Zambia's Agribusiness Forum

Senior Consultant, Team Leader and Coordinator On Development Projects

European Union

Senior Consultant, Team Leader and Coordinator On Development Projects

International Fund for Agricultural Development

Senior Consultant, Team Leader and Coordinator On Development Projects

World Bank

Education

BSc

Agriculture

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Peter Aagaard says Zambia must ...

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Peter Aagaard says Zambia must look beyond the politics of maize and address low productivity with appropriate farming techniques if food insecurity is to become a thing of the past.

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Peter Aagaard is national coordinator of the Zambia Conservation Farming Unit an associate of the Zambia National Farmers Union.


Conservation Farming Unit

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Peter Aagaard - Unit Coordinator

Peter has a BSc in Agriculture and 33 years of experience in agriculture and agricultural development, mainly in Africa.He is also chairman of Zambia's Agribusiness Forum, and of Arulussa Ltd, a producer of premium essential oils.Previous work has included positions as senior consultant, team leader and co-ordinator on a range of development projects for the World Bank, IFAD, European Union and the African Development Bank.His key interests are conservation farming technologies, smallholder commercialisation and agribusiness development, project identification and preparation, adaptive research, extension and research management services, agricultural programme management, and tropical, subtropical and semi-arid agronomy.


Norway/UN Conference on Technology Transfer and Capacity Building

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Peter Aagaard, Zambia National Farmers Union, spoke on stopping environmental degradation in Zambia through conservation farming, particularly among small-scale farms.Aagaard noted that conventional farming is unsustainable in Zambia due to low yields, total crop failure in years of low rainfall, land degradation, migration, poverty and deforestation.He said conservation farming can reverse many of these trends through rainwater harvesting, precise seeding and targeted nutrient application, rotations, permanent planting positions and reduced tillage.He added that 100,000 small-scale farmers in Zambia have adopted basic conservation farming practices and have seen immediate benefits, especially in increased productivity.He noted that such benefits led to maintaining sedentary agriculture and discouraged migration, thereby reducing land clearing and deforestation.

In the subsequent discussion, one participant enquired about mechanisms for success.Aagaard said the program received support from Zambia's cotton industry and farming associations, and from NGOs in disseminating information and training farmers.On a question about the long-term impact on woodlands, he said an increase in productivity of land should have a positive impact on woodlands, since farmers do not have to migrate and clear land elsewhere.Responding to a question about the role of government in conservation farming, Aagaard said Zambia's agriculture extension service was ineffective due to budget constraints, but that the project has high-level political support.Regarding property rights, he said most small-scale farmers do not have title to their land and stressed the need for a protection system in Zambia.


African Conservation Tillage Network :: Her Majesty The Queen honours Mr Peter Aagaard

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The British High Commissioner to Zambia James Thornton has congratulated Mr Peter Aagaard, Executive Director of the Zambian Conservation Farming Unit (CFU), on the award of a MBE in Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday 2013 honours list. r Aagaard has been recognised for his contribution in the improvement of conservation farming in Zambia. he High Commissioner said; "I am delighted that Peter Aagaard, Executive Director of the Zambian Conservation Farming Unit, has received an MBE in this year's Birthday Honours for services to the development of conservation farming in Africa. In 1995, Peter founded the CFU as a way to integrate conservation farming practices, knowledge and technologies into Zambian small-scale farming operations.


African Conservation Tillage Network :: Her Majesty The Queen honours Mr Peter Aagaard

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The British High Commissioner to Zambia James Thornton has congratulated Mr Peter Aagaard, Executive Director of the Zambian Conservation Farming Unit (CFU), on the award of a MBE in Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday 2013 honours list. r Aagaard has been recognised for his contribution in the improvement of conservation farming in Zambia. he High Commissioner said; "I am delighted that Peter Aagaard, Executive Director of the Zambian Conservation Farming Unit, has received an MBE in this year's Birthday Honours for services to the development of conservation farming in Africa. In 1995, Peter founded the CFU as a way to integrate conservation farming practices, knowledge and technologies into Zambian small-scale farming operations.

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