During our first morning session at the 2017 ECHO International Agricultural Conference Putso Nyathi presented on the findings of an ex-post evaluation of Conservation Agriculture programming. At the end of the talk she left us with this question: How can we make CA more attractive to farmers so that they apply on a large scale?
A ripper should make a narrow slit a foot or more deep with minimum soil disturbance. What would be cool would be a hand pushed or animal drawn set of rolling coulter blades (sharp blades, either smooth or rippled; basically a large pizza cutter :-)) to cut into the soil without disturbing it. One problem is that there needs to be enough weight on the blade to push it into the soil.