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Climate Change and Crop Production – Foundations for Agroecosystem Resilience, 1st Edition

Noureddine Benkeblia (Ed.), 2019, CRC Press, 206 p., £43.39, ISBN: 9780367895921

Presenting an overview of agroecology within the framework of climate change, this book looks at the impact of our changing climate on crop production and agroecosystems, reporting on how plants will cope with these changes, and how we can mitigate these negative impacts to ensure food production for the growing population. It explores the ways that farmers can confront the challenges of climate change, with contributed chapters from around the world demonstrating the different challenges associated with differing climates. Examples are provided of the approaches being taken right now to expand the ecological, physiological, morphological, and productive potential of a range of crop types.

  • Describes the effects and responses of the macro and micro levels of crops under the different components of climate change
  • Reports on the adaptation and resilience of food production systems within the changing climate
  • Covers how plants cope with the changing climate including physiological, biochemical, phenotype, and ecosystem responses
  • Provides an in-depth discussion on the importance of agricultural education connected to climate change

Giving readers a greater understanding of the mechanisms of plant resilience to climate change, this book provides new insights into improving the productivity of an individual crop species as well as bringing resistance and resiliency to the entire agroecosystem. It offers a strong foundation for changing research and education programs so that they build the resistance and resilience that will be needed for the uncertain climate future ahead.

 

Food Security Policy, Evaluation and Impact Assessment

1st Edition

Sheryl. L. Hendriks (Ed.), 2019, Routledge, 240 p., £36.99, ISBN: 9781138497092

This book offers an essential, comprehensive, yet accessible reference of contemporary food security discourse and guides readers through the steps required for food security analysis.

Food insecurity is a major obstacle to development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is a complex issue that cuts across traditional sectors in government and disciplines in academia.

Understanding how multiple elements cause and influence food security is essential for policymakers, practitioners and scholars. This book demonstrates how evaluation can integrate the four elements of food security (availability, access, nutrition and resilience) and offers practical tools for policy and programme impact assessment to support evidence-based planning.

Aimed at researchers, postgraduates and those undertaking professional development in food studies, agricultural economics, rural development, nutrition and public health, the book is key reading for those seeking to understand evidence-based food security analysis.

Biological Diversity – Balancing Interests Through Adaptive Collaborative Management, 1st Edition

Louise E. Buck, Charles C. Geisler, John Schelhas, Eva Wollenberg (Eds.), 2019, CRC Press, 504 pages, £54.99, ISBN: 9780367455224

We live in a world of wide pendulum swings regarding management policies for protected areas, particularly as they affect the involvement of local people in management. Such swings can be polarizing and halt on-the-ground progress. There is a need to find ways to protect biodiversity while creating common ground and building management capacity through shared experiences. Diverse groups need to cooperate to manage forests in ways that are flexible and can incorporate feedback.

Biological Diversity: Balancing Interests Through Adaptive Collaborative Management addresses the problem of how to balance local, national, and global interests in preserving the earth’s biological diversity with competing interests in the use and exploitation of these natural resources. This innovative book examines the potential of adaptive collaborative management (ACM) in reconciling a protected area’s competing demands for biodiversity conservation, local livelihood support, and broader-based regional development. It clarifies ACM’s emerging characteristics and assesses its suitability for a variety of protected area situations.