Special Issue "Innovation Issues in Water, Agriculture and Food"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2019).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: water resources management; solute transport in soils; agricultural systems modeling; impact assessment of agricultural practices upon soil and water quality
Interests: irrigation management; evapotranspiration and water use; water productivity and performance; droughts and water scarcity; simulation models
Agriculture’s first challenge is to produce enough food for a continued increase in population, in a context where the increased demand for food is associated with ever-growing competition for water and land, climate change and uncertainty, man-made and droughts of water scarcity, poor supply reliability, decline in critical ecosystem services, less-participatory water resources governance, and changing regulatory environments. Facing such a challenging context implies innovative issues in agricultural water management, particularly in irrigation to cope with water scarcity, environmental friendliness, and rural society welfare.
Innovation issues in the water–agriculture–food complex aim at various essential problems and objectives: (a) developing integrated approaches to water and food policies and practices; (b) improving water management in agriculture; (c) adaptation of agricultural systems to enhance water use and water productivity to face water scarcity and climate change; (d) ensuring sustainable management and conservation of natural and man-made ecosystems favoring high quality food production; and (e) fostering a participative and inclusive governance of water for food security and population welfare. These large themes should fully cover challenges faced by the irrigated agriculture, which represents 16% of the world cropped area, but is expected to produce 44% of world food by 2050.
Numerous studies and information are produced on these various topics and this Water Special Issue is an opportunity to gather together different approaches, referring to a variety of technologies and to contrast social and economic environments. This Special Issue is, therefore, expected to include a diversity of approaches on water and agriculture aiming at food production, and thus focused on irrigation water use. In this Special Issue, submissions should focus on irrigation crops management, water saving, use of wastewater and recycling, irrigation methods and systems design, water conveyance and distribution systems, improved yields and crop production, food quality impacts of irrigation, as well as coping with climate change, irrigation water governance and environmental and social impacts of irrigation.
- Crops water use and productivity
- Food quality and irrigation
- Rain-fed and irrigated agriculture
- Climate change
- Wastewater use and treatment
- Fertilizers and chemicals
- Coping with salinity
- Irrigation scheduling
- Irrigation systems
- Simulation models
- Decision support systems
- Issues to cope with droughts
- Irrigation water governance
- Social and economic issues
- Environmental friendliness