Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century

Amir Raza (Editor)
Nuclear Institute of Agriculture (NIA), Sindh, Pakistan

Series: Global Agriculture: Developments, Issues, and Research
BISAC: TEC003000

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Agriculture in this century is confronted with the challenges of ensuring global food security. Diminishing land and water resources, a rapid increase in population (particularly in developing countries) and onset of climate change are the key limitations towards sustainability of the agriculture sector. The situation demands that we address the problems of agriculture using a system approach. This is a comprehensive book outlining the issues faced by the agriculture sector worldwide. The book covers diversified topics including water scarcity, food security, international research collaboration, sustainable agriculture, soil erosion, weed management, micro nutrients, biotechnology, investment in research, sustainable viticulture and desertification.

The key theme of the book is achieving food security at the national and global scale. Various dimensions of food security are addressed simultaneously while analyzing the effect of population, water scarcity, sustainable agriculture and desertification in detail. Case studies from Pakistan, Russia, the Philippines and Portugal are presented with national focus and their implications at the global level. Each chapter presents state-of-the-science synthesis on the subject matter and solutions to the specific problems. Chapters include contributions from vastly experienced scientists in their area of expertise. This book can be of particular interest for students, professors, researchers, farmers and policy-makers who intend to have a food-secure 21st century. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1. Combating Water Scarcity for Global Food Security
Zeshan Ali, Barkat Ali, Ashiq Mohammad, Mushtaq Ahmad, Ijaz Ahmad, Abdul Aziz Napar, Alvina G. Kazi, Ahmad Ali , Shamim-ul-Sibtain Shah and A. Mujeeb-Kazi (National Institute of Bioremediation, National Agricultural Research Center (NARC), Islamabad, Pakistan)

Chapter 2. International Research Collaboration in Agriculture
Mehmet Cakir and Mark P. McHenry (Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia)
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Chapter 3. Impact of Landscape Agricultural Systems in Erosion Prone Region of Russia
Ekaterina G. Kotlyarova (Belgorod State Agricultural Academy named after V. Ya. Gorin, Russia)

Chapter 4. Sustainable Agriculture for Global Food Security
Alvina Gul Kazi, Malik Zahoor Ahmad, Muhammad Ashraf, Hadi Bux, Sumaira Farrakh and Abdul Mujeeb-Kazi (Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan)

Chapter 5. Rice Farming Systems and Weed Management in the Philippines
Jesusa C. Beltran, David J. Pannell and Graeme J. Doole (Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines)

Chapter 6. Micronutrients for Improving Soil and Human Health
Muhammad Imtiaz, Wisal Muhammad, Parvez Khan and Amir Raza (Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan)

Chapter 7. Biotechnology for Sugarcane Improvement
Saboohi Raza, Javed Ahmed Qureshi and Imtiaz Ahmed Khan (Nuclear Institute of Agriculture (NIA), TandoJam, Pakistan)

Chapter 8. Private International Investment within the Sub-Saharan Agricultural Milieu
Mark P. McHenry and Mehmet Cakir (School of Engineering and Information Technoogy, Murdoch University, Western Australia)

Chapter 9. Efficient Use of Non-Renewable Natural Resources for Quality Wine through Sustainable Viticulture
Sílvia Petronilho, António S. Barros, Manuel A. Coimbra and Sílvia M. Rocha (QOPNA, Departamento de Química, Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal)

Chapter 10. Impact of Desertification and Population Density on Food Security
Adeena Shafique, Shehroze Ameen, Hafsa Inam, Sadia Arshad, Tehreem Tanveer, Kanwal Shaheen, Sara Nazain, Sajida Parveen, Muhammad Ashraf and Alvina Gul Kazi (Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan)

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“The book as the title mentioned addresses many of the future challenges mankind is facing in terms of use of resources, scarcity and sustainability. In 10 chapters investigations or case studies from nearly all parts of the world are presented. Hence the geographic scope is very wide as well as the topics treated. For the reader this provides a lot of discussion points. The editor leaves it to the user to critically review the different approaches and recommendations, for example from organic farming to genetically modified organism.” - Dr. Willibald Loiskandl, Head of Institute, Institute of Hydraulics and Rural Water Management, BOKU-University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

"Agriculture, nowadays, is challenged in many ways for sustainable food production particularly under current climate change scenery, the consequences of which we are experiencing even in our daily activities." READ MORE... - Nicholas E. Korres, Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, AR, USA. Published in the Journal of Agricultural Science, Vol. 7, No. 6, 2015

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