Combating Climate Change: An Agricultural Perspective

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  • Addresses the issue of climate change relative to its impact on global food security
  • Explores technologies and opportunities to increase and stabilize global agricultural productivity through the sustainable use of the existing resource base with the least ecological costs
  • Considers available mitigation and adaptation strategies
  • Provides a global perspective with contributions by scientists from both the southern and northern hemispheres
  • Serves as an excellent desktop reference for students, teachers, researchers, and policy makers
  • Includes case studies, a 12-page color insert, and an extensive subject index


The effects of climate change can already be felt around the world, and they will likely impact all facets of human civilization—from health, livelihood security, agricultural production, and shelter to international trade. Since anthropogenic factors are mainly to blame for the current trends in global warming, human intervention will be necessary to mitigate it. With 17 authoritative chapters, Combating Climate Change: An Agricultural Perspective outlines a framework for preparing agriculture for climate change, presenting the causes and consequences of climate change and possible remediation measures.

With contributions from internationally recognized scientists, the chapters cover global food security, adaptation of agriculture to fulfill its greenhouse gas emissions mitigation potential, economic aspects of climate change, the soil organic carbon pool, the need for agroecological intelligence, and the development of nutrient-use-efficient crops. The text also addresses genetic mitigation of climate change effects through the development of climate-resilient crops and the use of genetic and genomic resources to develop highly productive crop cultivars, as well as the conservation of native agroecosystems.

Expert contributors discuss the impacts of climate change on plant pathogens and plant disease as well as on insects and crop losses. They address abiotic stress resistance, conservation tillage as a mitigation strategy, and more. The final chapter demonstrates the practical use of the WorldClim and DIVA software for modeling current and future climates, using Timor Leste and India as examples. Covering a broad range of issues related to climate change and agriculture, this book brings together ideas for environmentally friendly technologies and opportunities to further increase and stabilize global agricultural productivity and ensure food security in face of mounting climate challenge.

Table of Contents

M. S. Swaminathan

M.S. Kang and S.S. Banga

Declining Agricultural Productivity and Global Food Security
William D. Dar and C.L. Laxmipathi Gowda

Global Agriculture and Climate Change: A Perspective
Manjit S. Kang and Surinder S. Banga

Dynamics and Economic Aspects of Climate Change
José A. Tapia Granados and Óscar Carpintero

Intensive Agriculture and the Soil Carbon Pool
Rattan Lal

Greenhouse Gas Emission from Agricultural Soils: Sources and Mitigation Potential
Dinesh K. Benbi

Agroecological Intelligence Needed to Prepare Agriculture for Climate Change
Prem S. Bindraban

Agronomic Practices and Input-Use Efficiency
Robert Norton

Developing Climate-Resilient Crops: A Conceptual Framework
Surinder S. Banga and Manjit S. Kang

Genomic Perspective on the Dual Threats of Imperiled Native Agroecosystems and Climate Change to World Food Security
Bikram S. Gill, W.J. Raupp, and B. Friebe

Climate Change and the Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources
Toby Hodgkin and Paul Bordoni

Climate Change Impact on Plant Pathogens and Plant Disease
Yigal Elad and Ilaria Pertot

Climate Change Effects on Insects: Implications for Crop Protection and Food Security
Hari C. Sharma

Merging Physiological and Genetic Approaches to Improve Abiotic Stress Resistance
Jiwan P. Palta

Abiotic Stresses and Agricultural Sustainability
Lawrence Gusta

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Nontilled, Permanent Raised, and Conventionally Tilled Beds in the Central Highlands of Mexico
L. Dendooven, L. Patiño-Zúñiga, N. Verhulst,. K. Boden, A. García-Gaytán, M. Luna-Guido, and B. Govaerts

Birth of Trinitario Cacao: History Intertwined with Myths and Edaphic and Climatic Factors
Lambert A Motilal and Thayil N. Sreenivasan

The WorldClim and DIVA Software for Modeling Current and Future Climates at a 5 km Resolution: Case Studies from Timor Leste and India
Nicholas Molyneux, Isabel Soares, and Florindo Neto

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