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Water and Agricultural Sustainability Strategies

1st Edition

Edited by Manjit S Kang

CRC Press

356 pages

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Hardback: 9780415572194
pub: 2010-03-25

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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

Table of Contents

Section I: Water and Agricultural Sustainability Challenges:

  • 1. Sustainable Water Systems for Agriculture and 21st Century Challenges, Ramesh Kanwar;
  • 2. Challenges in Securing India’s Water Future, Kapil K Narula and Upmanu Lall;

Section II: Sustainable Water Management Strategies:

  • 3. Soil Water Management in India, Ratan Lal;
  • 4. Conserving and Optimizing Limited Water for Crop Production, D.G. Westfall, G.A. Peterson and N.C. Hansen;
  • 5. On Watershed Management, Hemant Chowdhary and Vijay P. Singh;
  • 6. Water Management in Northern States and the Food Security of India, G.S. Hira;

Section III: Sustainable Soil Management Strategies

  • 7. Sustainable Management of Vertisols in Central India, R.P. Rajput, D.L. Kauraw, R.K. Bhatnagar, Manish Bhavsar, M. Velayutham and Ratan Lal
  • 8. Sustainable Management of Dryland Alfisols (Red Soils) in South India, S.P. Palaniappan, R. Balasubramanian, T. Ramesh, A. Chandrasekaran, K.G. Mani, M. Velayutham and Ratan Lal;

Section IV: Soil and Water Quality Management

  • 9. Soil and Water Quality: Integral Components of Watershed Management, K.R. Reddy and J.W. Jawitz;
  • 10. Water Pollution Related to Agricultural, Industrial, and Urban Activities, and its Effects on the Food Chain: Case Studies from Punjab, Milkha S. Aulakh, Mohinder Paul S. Khurana and Dhanwinder Singh;

Section V: Soil and Water Management in Dryland or Rainfed Agriculture

  • 11. Manipulating Tillage to Increase Stored Soil Water and Manipulating Plant Geometry to Increase Water-use Efficiency in Dryland Areas, B.A. Stewart;
  • 12. Integrated Watershed Management for Increasing Productivity and Water-use Efficiency in Semi-Arid Tropical India,Piara Singh, P. Pathak, S.P. Wani and K.L. Sahrawat;
  • 13. Strategies for Improving the Productivity of Rainfed Farms in India with Special Emphasis on Soil Quality Improvement

    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

  • 14. Biotechnology and Drought Tolerance, Satbir S. Gosal, Shabir H. Wani and Manjit S. Kang;
  • 15. Transgenics for Drought Tolerance in Legumes of Semi-Arid Tropic (SAT) Regions, Pooja Bhatnagar-Mathur;
  • 16. Viable Alternatives to the Rice-Wheat Cropping System in Punjab, B.S. Kang, Kuldeep Singh, Dhanwinder Singh, B.R. Garg, R. Lal and M. Velayutham;
  • 17. Weed Management in Aerobic Rice in Northwestern Indo-Gangetic Plains, G. Mahajan, D.E. Johnson and B.S. Chauhan.

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Subject Categories

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