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Special Issue "Governance for Climate Smart Agriculture"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Verschuuren

Tilburg Sustainability Center, Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg, The Netherlands
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Interests: climate law; climate smart agriculture; food security; adaptation; mitigation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Between now and 2050, there will be a sharp increase in the demand for agricultural products due to an increase of the world’s population, the rise in global calorie intake, due to greater affluence, and the production of bio-fuels. The increase in agricultural production will be accompanied by an increase in the emission of greenhouse gases. Agriculture is responsible for 30% of global greenhouse emissions. Agriculture is, not only a major cause of climate change, but, in many regions of the world, it is also seriously impacted by climate change. In many regions, produce will be negatively affected because of shifts in water availability, temperature shifts, and changes in the occurrence of pests. Policy documents, mostly written by international institutions, have endorsed climate smart agriculture as a means to achieve production growth, while at the same reducing the emission of greenhouse gasses and adapting the agricultural sector to the changing climate. Agro-ecology, sustainable intensification, and organic farming are other terms used to label the move towards more sustainable forms of agriculture under climate change. Despite the wide endorsement of sustainable, climate smart farming practices and technologies by the scientific community, it seems unlikely that the entire agricultural sector across the world will convert from conventional to climate smart agriculture anytime soon. Therefore, the broad adoption of climate smart agriculture now has primarily become a governance issue. What interventions are needed to stimulate farmers and agri-businesses to move to climate smart practices and technologies, and how can consumers be steered towards climate smart food consumption?

This Special Issue will focus on a wide range of governance issues related to these questions from a multidisciplinary perspective, including, but not limited to, law, economics, business administration, policy, public administration, sociology and psychology.

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Verschuuren
Guest Editor

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  • climate smart agriculture
  • agro-ecology
  • food security
  • climate change
  • governance

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Open AccessArticle Climate Variability and Change in Bihar, India: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Crop Production
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 1998; doi:10.3390/su9111998
Received: 26 August 2017 / Revised: 10 October 2017 / Accepted: 20 October 2017 / Published: 1 November 2017
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Climate change and associated uncertainties have serious direct and indirect consequences for crop production and food security in agriculture-based developing regions. Long-term climate data analysis can identify climate risks and anticipate new ones for planning appropriate adaptation and mitigation options. The aim of
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Climate change and associated uncertainties have serious direct and indirect consequences for crop production and food security in agriculture-based developing regions. Long-term climate data analysis can identify climate risks and anticipate new ones for planning appropriate adaptation and mitigation options. The aim of this study was to identify near-term (2030) and mid-term (2050) climate risks and/or opportunities in the state of Bihar, one of India’s most populous and poorest states, using weather data for 30 years (1980–2009) as a baseline. Rainfall, maximum and minimum temperatures, and evapotranspiration will all increase in the near- and mid-term periods relative to the baseline period, with the magnitude of the change varying with time, season and location within the state. Bihar’s major climate risks for crop production will be heat stress due to increasing minimum temperatures in the rabi (winter) season and high minimum and maximum temperatures in the spring season; and intense rainfall and longer dry spells in the kharif (monsoon) season. The increase in annual and seasonal rainfall amounts, and extended crop growing period in the kharif season generally provide opportunities; but increasing temperature across the state will have considerable negative consequences on (staple) crops by affecting crop phenology, physiology and plant-water relations. The study helps develop site-specific adaptation and mitigation options that minimize the negative effects of climate change while maximizing the opportunities. Full article
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