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Improving nutrient management for sustainable intensification of maize

Code: 9781838791223
Kaushik Majumdar, International Plant Nutrition Institute – South Asia, India; Shamie Zingore, International Plant Nutrition Institute – Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya; Fernando García and Adrian Correndo, International Plant Nutrition Institute – Latin America – Southern Cone, Argentina; Jagadish Timsina, University of Melbourne, Australia; and Adrian M. Johnston, International Plant Nutrition Institute, Canada

Chapter synopsis: Maize is an important crop worldwide for its role in ensuring food security, alleviating poverty and increasing farmer income. Maize production in the world is higher than rice and wheat because of its multiple demands for human food, animal feed, bio-fuel and from other industries using it as raw material. The unprecedented increase in area cultivated under maize has raised concern about the sustainability of maize production systems. High and sustainable production of maize requires appropriate nutrient management. This chapter explores the challenges of maize nutrient management in different geographies spanning Asia, Africa and Latin America. Through case studies, the chapter outlines improved nutrient management strategies for sustainable maize production in these diverse maize production ecologies. Future research needs to strengthen sustainable maize production were also highlighted.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0002.08
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Nutrient management challenges in maize 3 Improved nutrient management 4 Case studies in improving nutrient management: South Asia 5 Case studies in improving nutrient management: Sub-Saharan Africa 6 Case studies in improving nutrient management: Latin America – Southern Cone 7 Case studies in improving nutrient management: use of the Nutrient Expert ® tool in China 8 Research priorities 9 Conclusions 10 Where to look for further information 11 References

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