According to the United Nations, 77 million people are expected to face water shortage by 2025, if people continue to use water at the current rate. More water than available would be needed to grow the world’s food during the next decade. As a result of scarcity of water, global annual food production losses could reach 350 million tons by 2025.
Divided into six main sections, this volume outlines strategies to conserve soil and water resources to help ensure both water and food security:
- Challenges to ensure water and agricultural sustainability
- Sustainable strategies for managing water and soil resources and groundwater recharge technologies
- Soil-quality issues
- Water-quality issues, with special reference to groundwater pollution with arsenic
- Management in different agroclimatic environments, with particular reference to rainfed agriculture
- Biotechnological applications for drought-tolerant crop varieties with improved water use efficiency, water conservation strategies, and sustainable agronomic alternatives.
This guide on agricultural sustainability is intended for scientists and advanced students in agronomy, soil science, agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, plant breeding, plant genetics, plant biotechnology, water resources, hydrology, geography, and other agriculture-related fields.
“…there is now a global concern for the future of food and water security in the context of climate change. Food and clean drinking water constitute the first among the hierarchical needs of a human being. Food security involves economic, environmental and social access to balanced diet and clean drinking water. An important requirement for food security is the enhancement of farm productivity in perpetuity without associated ecological harm, i.e., achieving a paradigm shift from green to an evergreen revolution.”
“The future of our agriculture depends on the sustainable management and equitable use of our natural resources. This book shows the way of achieving this goal.”
Professor M.S. Swaminathan
Section I: Water and Agricultural Sustainability Challenges:
Section II: Sustainable Water Management Strategies:
Section III: Sustainable Soil Management Strategies
Section IV: Soil and Water Quality Management
Section V: Soil and Water Management in Dryland or Rainfed Agriculture
K.L. Sharma, Y.S. Ramakrishna, J.S. Samra, K.D. Sharma, U.K. Mandal, B. Venkateswarlu, G.R. Korwar and K. Srinivas
Section VI: Biotechnological and Agronomic Strategies