Managing soil to manage water and produce more
Erratic rainfall patterns, rising temperatures and recurrent drought threaten the livelihoods of farmers in Central America and Mexico who depend on seasonal rainfall. Meanwhile, farming practices like incorrect fertilization, overgrazing, and the burning of hillsides hurt yields and make farmers more vulnerable to extreme weather. ASA shifts away from the conventional practices of hillside agriculture that strip soils bare. Water-Smart techniques like cover cropping protect soils from erosion during downpours while capturing rainfall that helps crops survive, even during dry spells. By focusing on soil health, we are achieving production levels rarely seen in small-scale agriculture and building resilience to an increasingly variable climate.