Articles | Volume 3, issue 1
SOIL, 3, 45–59, 2017

Special issue: Soil science in a changing world: contributions of soil science...

SOIL, 3, 45–59, 2017

Review article 01 Mar 2017

Review article | 01 Mar 2017

Soil conservation in the 21st century: why we need smart agricultural intensification

Gerard Govers et al.


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We discuss pathways towards better soil protection in the 21st century. The efficacy of soil conservation technology is not a fundamental barrier for a more sustainable soil management. However, soil conservation is generally not directly beneficial to the farmer. We believe that the solution of this conundrum is a rapid, smart intensification of agriculture in the Global South. This will reduce the financial burden and will, at the same time, allow more effective conservation.