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Environmental Sciences - Global Change - Climate Change | Vulnerability of Agriculture, Water and Fisheries to Climate Change - Toward Sustainable Adaptation

Vulnerability of Agriculture, Water and Fisheries to Climate Change

Toward Sustainable Adaptation Strategies

Behnassi, M., Syomiti Muteng'e, M., Ramachandran, G., Shelat, K.N. (Eds.)

2014, XXXIII, 336 p. 62 illus., 46 illus. in color.

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  • Applies a multidisciplinary, multidimensional perspective for analyzing interactions between agriculture and climate
  • Shares best practices for adapting agriculture to climate risks that have been developed across many countries
  • Identifies the impacts of climate change on water resources, fisheries and more

Human activity is changing the global environment at an unprecedented rate while humanity faces a range of complex and interrelated challenges to local, regional and global development, human security and politics. Food security ranks high on the science, policy and development agendas. However, most research linking global change and food systems examines the impact of climate change on agricultural production, or the impact of agriculture on land use, pollution and biodiversity, overlooking interactions with other aspects of the food system – such as food processing, packaging, transportation and consumption, and employment derived from these activities.

This book demonstrates that new threats to food security which arise from environmental change require more than simply a focus on agricultural practices – what is needed is an integrated food system approach. The authors point out that the process of adapting food systems to global environmental change is not simply a search for technological solutions to increase agricultural yields. Tradeoffs across multiple scales among food system outcomes are a prevalent feature of globalized food systems. Within food systems, there are key underexplored areas that are both sensitive to environmental change and crucial to understanding its implications for food security and adaptation strategies.

The authors assert that technical prescriptions alone will not efficiently manage the food security challenge. This book is their contribution to a new paradigm, which addresses food systems holistically by engaging researchers in multiple disciplines to understand the causes and drivers of vulnerability.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Climate change vulnerabilities - Fishery-based livelihoods - Mitigation-adaptation for sustainability - Resilient agriculture - Water resources

Related subjects » Agricultural Economics - Ecology - Environmental Science & Engineering - Global Change - Climate Change - Sustainable Development - Water Policy, Governance, and Management

Table of contents 

Part I Agriculture and Climate Change: A Multidimensional Perspective.- 1 Mitigation-Adaptation Nexus for Sustainability: Some Important Cross-cutting and Emerging Considerations.- 2 Climate Change Impacts in the Mena Region: Review of Adaptation and Mitigation Potential and Practices.- 3 Mainstreaming Agriculture for Climate Change Mitigation.- 4 Learning About Climate Change: A Case Study of Grain Growers in Eastern Australia.- 5 Economic Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture in SAT India: An Empirical Analysis of Impacts in Andhra Pradesh Using Ricardian Approach.- 6 Vulnerability to Climate Change in Semi-Arid Tropics of India: Scouting for Holistic Approach.- 7 Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Implications for Agricultural Extension and Education.- Part II Adapting Agriculture to Climate Risks: Selected Successful Practices.- 8 Economic Impact of Climate Change on Tunisian Agriculture: The Case of Wheat.- 9 Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Options in Greek Dairy Sheep Farming: A Multi-Objective Programming Approach.- 10 Adaptation Strategies of Citrus and Tomato Farmers Towards the Effect of Climate Change in Nigeria.- 11 Ex-ante Impact Assessment of ‘Stay-Green’ Drought Tolerant Sorghum Cultivar under Future Climate Scenarios: Integrated Modeling approach.- Part III Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources: Relevant Adaptation Practices.- 12 Impact of Climate Changes on Water Resources in Algeria.- 13 Droughtness of Different Wheat Species (Triticum L.).- 14 Coping Climate Change Through Water Harvesting Techniques for Sustainable Agriculture.- Part IV Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Fishery-Based Livelihoods.- 15 Climate Change and Biotechnology: Toolkit for Food Fish Security.- 16 Climate Change and Fisheries in Chile.- 17 Livelihoods of Coastal Communities in Mnazi Bay-Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park, Tanzania.- 18 Livelihood Strategy in Indonesian Coastal Villages: Case Study on Seaweed Farming in Laikang Bay, South Sulawesi Province.- 19 Monosex Fish Production in Fisheries Management and its Potentials for Catfish Aquaculture in Nigeria.- 20 Stock Assessment of Bogue, Boops from the Egyptian Mediterranean Waters.- Postface.- Notes on Contributors.

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