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Food and Water Security

1st Edition

Edited by U. Aswathanarayana

CRC Press

360 pages

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This book deals with ways and means of managing food and water security in various agroclimatic environments through the integration of R & D, training, people participation, agronomic practices, economic instruments, and administrative policies. It includes contributions by global experts in the field, who elaborate on the governance of food security, the biophysical dimensions of more food per drop, as well as on the socioeconomic dimensions of food security. Subjects are presented grouped in three sections: 1. Biophysical Dimensions of Food Security; 2. Socioeconomic Dimensions of Food Security and 3. Governance of Food Security in Different Agroclimatic and Socioeconomic settings. Recommended reading for professionals, water and agricultural scientists, engineers, planners and policy makers in the field of food and water security.


'[…] this book assumes enormous significance, and could not have been published at a more appropriate time.'

'This book deals with techno-economic-social dimensions of the problem like no other publication before.'

'The editor along with his authors deserve full credit for presenting a book with an in-depth analysis of a complex subject, penetrating and interesting, supported by valuable tables, revealing photographs and neat figures.'

'This book is a notable departure from the normal.'

From: Journal of the Geological Society of India, vol. 72, p. 279-280, Aug. 2008.

'The strength of the book lies in the wide range of topics it examines—a list that includes remote sensing, aerobic rice, the benefits of fermented food, the role of microenterprises, and the need for enhanced governance of food systems.'

'The book is thus a very useful introduction on developing-country—chiefly Asian—water-for-food issues, aimed at professionals and students in the areas of agricultural and water science, engineering, and planning.'

From: Environment. Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, September-October 2009.

Table of Contents

Section 1 : Biophysical Dimensions of food security

  1. Remote Sensing of irrigated agriculture
  2. Remote sensing of soil parameters in relation to the productivity of food crops
  3. Crop production forecasting through remote sensing
  4. Agrobiotechnology in relation to food security Development of drought – and salinity-tolerant crop varieties
  5. Preparation of hydroclimatic calendar
  6. Soil microorganisms in relation to soil productivity
  7. Soil geochemistry in relation to soil productivity
  8. Conservation of soil moisture in relation to soil productivity
  9. Soil Health cards
  10. How to do with less water
  11. Irrigated agriculture for food security
  12. Use of wastewater and brackish water in irrigation
  13. The SRI method of producing more rice with less water
  14. Aerobic rice
  15. Quality of food in relation to the quality of irrigation water
  16. Rainfed Agriculture
  17. Overview and Integration

Section 2. Socioeconomic Dimensions of food security

  1. Fermented foods
  2. Food preferences
  3. Food consumption in relation to irrigation water demand
  4. Availability, Acceptability and Accessibility of food
  5. Micro-enterprises and food security
  6. Water harvesting and administration
  7. Techno-socio-economic policy on Food Security
  8. Technology Transfer modalities
  9. Implementation level – Role of Village Knowledge Centres
  10. Overview and Integration Editor

Section 3 Governance of food security in different agro climatic and socioeconomic settings

  1. Knowledge-based strategies to achieve food security
  2. China : Governance of food security, with reference to farming in loess areas
  3. India: Governance of food security, with reference to farming in the alluvial areas
  4. Brazil : Governance of food security in the tropical rainforest area of Amazonia
  5. Mozambique: Governance of food security in an IDC in Sub-Saharan Africa
  6. Trinidad and Tobago : Governance of food security, with reference to seafood
  7. Overview and Integration

About the Editor

Professor U. Aswathanarayana has many years of research and teaching experience at institutes in many countries (Andhra and Sagar Universities in India, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique, California Institute of Technology, USA ; Oxford University, U.K., and the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He received his B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., and D.Sc. degrees from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India. He specialized in Nuclear Geology, Geochemistry, U. Aswathanarayana has many years of international research and teaching experience in the fields of Geology, Geochemistry, Economic Geology and Natural Resources Management. A pioneer in the high-tech area of Isotope Geology, it was his exposure to the desperate human problems endemic in Africa which inspired him to refocus the applications of geoscience to the field of human welfare. During twenty years in Africa, he devoted himself exclusively to developing ways of utilizing natural resources (water, soils and minerals) to improve the quality of life of the people through job-led economic growth. In Africa, he also trained geoscience personnel and developed geoscience infrastructure. Professor Aswathanarayana is the recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s 2007 International Award for serving science and society in less developed countries. His most recent publication, co-edited with Tad S. Murty and Niru Nirupama, is the book 'The Indian Ocean Tsunami', published also by Taylor & Francis.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply