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Sustainability of Coastal Agriculture under Climate Change

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School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia
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Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Dumki, Patuakhali 8602, Bangladesh
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Faculty of Animal Science and Export Agriculture, Uva Wellassa University, Badulla 90000, Sri Lanka
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Sustainability 2019, 11(24), 7200; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11247200
Received: 25 November 2019 / Revised: 13 December 2019 / Accepted: 13 December 2019 / Published: 16 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability of Coastal Agriculture under Climate Change)
Climatic and non-climatic stressors, such as temperature increases, rainfall fluctuations, population growth and migration, pollution, land-use changes and inadequate gender-specific strategies, are major challenges to coastal agricultural sustainability. In this paper, we discuss all pertinent issues related to the sustainability of coastal agriculture under climate change. It is evident that some climate-change-related impacts (e.g., temperature and rainfall) on agriculture are similarly applicable to both coastal and non-coastal settings, but there are other factors (e.g., inundation, seawater intrusion, soil salinity and tropical cyclones) that particularly impact coastal agricultural sustainability. Coastal agriculture is characterised by low-lying and saline-prone soils where spatial competition with urban growth is an ever-increasing problem. We highlight how coastal agricultural viability could be sustained through blending farmer perceptions, adaptation options, gender-specific participation and integrated coastal resource management into policy ratification. This paper provides important aspects of the coastal agricultural sustainability, and it can be an inspiration for further research and coastal agrarian planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: climatic stressors; sea-level rise; salinity intrusion; agricultural adaptations; coastal urbanisation; climate change impacts climatic stressors; sea-level rise; salinity intrusion; agricultural adaptations; coastal urbanisation; climate change impacts
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Gopalakrishnan, T.; Hasan, M.K.; Haque, A.T.M.S.; Jayasinghe, S.L.; Kumar, L. Sustainability of Coastal Agriculture under Climate Change. Sustainability 2019, 11, 7200.

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