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Smart Agriculture – Emerging Pedagogies of Deep Learning, Machine Learning and Internet of Things

Govind Singh Patel, Amrita Rai, Nripendra Narayan Das, R.P. Singh; 2021, CRC Press, 254 p., ISBN 9780367535803

This book endeavours to highlight the untapped potential of Smart Agriculture for the innovation and expansion of the agriculture sector. The sector shall make incremental progress as it learns from associations between data over time through Artificial Intelligence, deep learning and Internet of Things applications.

The farming industry and Smart agriculture develop from the stringent limits imposed by a farm’s location, which in turn has a series of related effects with respect to supply chain management, food availability, biodiversity, farmers’ decision-making and insurance, and environmental concerns among others. All of the above-mentioned aspects will derive substantial benefits from the implementation of a data-driven approach under the condition that the systems, tools and techniques to be used have been designed to handle the volume and variety of the data to be gathered.

Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture

Carolyn E. Sachs, Leif Jensen, Paige Castellanos, Kathleen Sexsmith, 2020, Routledge, 486 p., £152.00, ISBN 9780367190019

Gender relations in agriculture are shifting in most regions of the world with changes in the structure of agriculture, the organization of production, international restructuring of value chains, climate change, the global pandemic, and national and multinational policy changes.

This book provides a cutting-edge assessment of the field of gender and agriculture, with contributions from both leading scholars and up-and-coming academics as well as policy makers and practitioners. The handbook has an international focus with contributions examining issues at both the global and local levels with contributors from across the world. With contributions from leading academics, policymakers, and practitioners, and with a global outlook, the Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture is an essential reference volume for scholars, students, and practitioners interested in gender and agriculture.

Agricultural Development and Sustainable Intensification Technology and Policy Challenges in the Face of Climate Change

Udaya Sekhar Nagothu, 2020, Routledge, 326 p., £29.59, ISBN 9780367590932

Udaya Sekhar Nagothu, 2020, Routledge, 326 p., £29.59, ISBN 9780367590932 Sustainable Intensification (SI) has recently emerged as a key concept for agricultural development, recognising that yields must increase to feed a growing world population, but it must be achieved without damage to the environment, on finite land resources and
while preserving social and natural capital.

This multidisciplinary book presents state-of-the-art reviews of current SI approaches to promote major food crops, challenges and advances made in technology, and the institutional and policy measures necessary to overcome the constraints faced by smallholder farmers. The focus is not only on scientific aspects such as climate-smart griculture, agroecology and improving input use efficiency and management, but also on institutional and policy challenges that must be met to increase the net societal benefits of sustainable agricultural intensification. The book is aimed at advanced students and researchers in sustainable agriculture and policy, development practitioners, policy makers and non-governmental and farmer organisations.