Agriculture problem: Climate Change

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Literature review: Climate Change problem for Agriculture

The “Ten Problems for Agriculture in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form of journal articles, conference proceedings and students theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. climate change, 
  2. precision agriculture,
  3. crop planning,
  4. climate-smart,
  5. soil ecosystem,
  6. entrepreneurship,
  7. competitiveness,
  8. sustainability,
  9. developing countries,
  10. biological control.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

1 Climate Change

THE PROBLEM – Recent case studies from around the world show changed patterns of local microclimate being direct consequence of global climate change. As a result, farmers need to adapt crops to survive and sustain their business. Historical and new data must be collected, analyzed and compared to understand the new quantitative patterns locally, in particular where economies are struggling and farmers from isolated rural areas or minorities are more exposed to poverty.

CASE STUDIES — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

CONCLUSIONS — The impact of climate change on local crop production all around the world is mainly related with altered rainfall and local weather shocks from droughts or floods, which alter the soils ecosystem and add to non-optimal crop management practices. Sound knowledge of the issues is often missing at local level, especially in struggling rural areas from under-developed countries. The adversarial effects of climate change at local level might be mitigated by the adoption of suitable recommendations generated by quantitative studies. Governmental policies should be focused on further education and widespread information of farmers in rural areas, faster adoption of technological innovation and enhancement of general services to local communities. There is a need for governments at all level to develop better policies and strategies for reducing hunger post COVID-19 pandemic and improving food security.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

“Ten Problems for Agriculture in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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