Call for papers: Virtual issue on “Diversity for Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture”

We are pleased to announce the publication of the third virtual issue of Agronomy for Sustainable Development, in partnership with the conference Landscape 2021, dedicated to the diversification for sustainable and resilient agricultural landscape systems.
This virtual issue will include papers submitted to the conference but is also open to other contributions.

Manuscripts should be submitted online as regular ASD articles (review articles, research articles and meta-analyses) and should follow the journal submission guidelines. The cover letter submitted with the manuscript should have the following heading: “submission to the virtual issue Diversity for Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture”. Manuscripts will be handled by the associate editors of the journal and peer-reviewed as regular articles. When accepted, they will be published in the journal before being gathered in the virtual issue.

The objective of this virtual issue is to bring together papers that explore whether and how diversity and diversification can contribute to more sustainable and resilient agricultural landscape systems worldwide. Diversification is understood to have agro-ecological, technological, environmental and socio-economic elements and impacts. Promising approaches to diversification include i) new and neglected field arrangements e.g. diverse rotations, integration of legumes, intercropping, patch or pixel cropping, agroforestry, ii) diversified farming systems e.g. mixed crop-livestock systems, and alternative social models e.g. care farming, iii) digitalized and traditional technologies, and iv) diversified value chains. These systems aim to reduce trade-offs between high productivity and sustainable use of external resources especially reducing pesticide use, improving soil health and the provisioning of ecosystem services, including social and cultural values and economic perspectives. We call for papers that address diversification for providing sustainable solutions at different scales from cropping and grassland to food systems. We especially welcome papers investigating processes at the landscape or territorial scale where synergies and trade-offs between social and environmental objectives become most tangible. Contributions can include research from natural and social sciences, while inter- and transdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome.

Guest editors:

●    Moritz Reckling, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany (current associate editor of Agronomy for Sustainable Development)
●    Christine Watson, SRUC (Scotland's Rural College), UK & Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden
●    Anthony Whitbread, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Tanzania
●    Katharina Helming, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany (current associate editor of Agronomy for Sustainable Development)

Agronomy for Sustainable Development (ASD) is an international peer-reviewed scientific journal which publishes original experimental, empirical and theoretical research articles, review articles and meta-analyses leading to enhanced sustainability for agricultural and food systems. See the full aims and scope of ASD here.

Previous virtual issues: Agroecological Engineering - Insights on Work in Agriculture