Special Issue "Agricultural Policies and Governance"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Priti Krishna
Guest Editor
School of Science, Western Sydney University, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia
Interests: agricultural biotechnology; plant stress responses; hormone biology; indoor farming; sustainable agriculture
Prof. Dr. Amanda Kennedy
Guest Editor
Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
Interests: agri-environmental governance; land use conflict; agricultural policy and regulation; sustainable development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The 21st century is threatened by climate change and associated environmental threats, which are already straining the economic, social, and political systems of all nations. On the positive side, this period is seeing some of the most important scientific innovations and advancements in human history. Agricultural practices are a crucial part of meeting the increasing global demand for food. Unlike government policies that have focussed entirely on ensuring a stable food supply, there is a growing realisation worldwide that new policies and governance practices are needed to preserve natural resources, restore ecosystems, and promote sustainable agricultural practices and cost-effective technologies to meet society’s needs for food, fibre and fuel.  Whilst there is no one solution that fits all countries or regions, it is timely to review and emphasise the need for agricultural policies and modes of governance that can meet the challenge of a new pro-environment paradigm. Submissions are invited that examine current agricultural policies, laws and governance practices, and provide suggestions for improvement, especially where regulations and policies are not providing support for the required future development.

Prof. Dr. Priti Krishna
Prof. Dr. Amanda Kennedy
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • agricultural governance
  • agricultural policy
  • sustainable agriculture
  • agricultural biotechnology
  • land and water use
  • urban agriculture
  • agricultural technologies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Felicity Deane, Evan Hamman, Amanda Kennedy, Anna Huggins and Zoe Nay, ‘Biodiversity Conservation and the Regulation of Australian Agriculture under National Law’

2. Cameron Holley and Amanda Kennedy, ‘Water regulation and pragmatism’.

3. Paul Martin - “A future focused view of the regulation of rural technology”

4. Andrew Lawson & Aimee Cosby -Can farm industry environmental stewardship programs help farmers meet regulatory objectives?’

5. Mark Perry & Priti Krishna - "Politics, policies and directions of Agricultural Biotechnology" 

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