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Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia

By Khandakar R. Islam (Edited by), Mannava V. K. Sivakumar (Edited by), S. M. a. Faiz

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Format: Paperback, 600 pages, 2011 Edition
Published In: Netherlands, 01 November 2014
This book addresses an important topic of food security in South Asia with specific reference to climate change. Of the 1 billion food insecure people in the world, more than 30% are in South Asia. The problem of food insecurity may be exacerbated by the projected climate change especially because of the water scarcity caused by rapid melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas and increase in variability in monsoonal rains and frequency of extreme events. Furthermore, large populations of Bangladesh and other coastal regions may be displaced by sea level rise. Thus, this volume addresses recommended land use and soil/water/crop/vegetation management practices which would enable land managers to adapt to climate disruption by enhancing soil/ecosystem/social resilience. In addition to biophysical factors, this book also addresses the issues related to human dimensions including social, ethnical and political considerations.

Table of Contents

Foreword; M. Jarraud, J. Diouf Foreword; President Grimsson, Iceland Preface Part I. CLIMATE CHANGE IN SOUTH ASIA 1. Climate of South Asia and the Human Wellbeing; R. Lal 2. Climate Change in South Asia; M. Sivakumar and R. Stefanski 3. Solar Irradiance of the Earth's Atmosphere; S. Nahar 4. Mass Balance Approach to Study Glaciers Dynamics in the Himalayas; D. Sveinbjornsson, H. Bjornsson Part II. CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER RESOURCES 5. Understanding Surface Water Flow and Storage Changes using Satellites: Emerging Opportunities for Bangladesh; F. Hossain, D.Alsdorf 6. Inter-annual water storage changes in Asia from GRACE data; C.K. Shum et al. 7. Observation and Geophysical Causes of Present-Day Sea Level Rise; C.K. Shum, C.Y. Kuo Part III. CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE ENVIRONMENT 8. Selenium - A Right Choice To Treat Arsenicosis in Bangladesh; A. Momin 9. Agricultural and Environmental Changes in Bangladesh in Response to Global Warming; S. Ahsan et al. Part IV. CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOIL DEGRADATION 10. Soil degradation and food security in South Asia; R. Lal 11. Restoration of Degraded and Desertified Lands: Experience from Iceland; S. Runolfsson, A.M. Agustsdottir 12. Organic carbon cycling during Himalayan erosion: processes, fluxes and consequences for the global carbon cycle; V. Galy, C. France-Lanord Part V. CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOOD SECURITY 13. World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy; S. Ramasamy 14. Implications of Climate Change on Agriculture and Food Security in South Asia; Ad Spijkers 15. Climate Change and Food Security in India; N. Chattopadhyay Part VI. MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION OPTIONS 16. Global Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia: An Adaptation and Mitigation Framework; P.K. Aggarwal, M.V.K. Sivakumar 17. Options on Land Management and Land Use for Coping with Climate Change in South Asia; Y. Niino 18. Challenges and Opportunities in Composting Organic Waste; H. Keener 19. Adaptation strategies in coping with climate change impacts for improved crop health and sustainable food production; A.K.S. Huda, R. Mehrotra, A. Sharma 20. Options for Forest Management for Coping with Climate Change in South Asia; N.H. Ravindranath, I.K. Murthy, S. Swarnim 21. Options on fisheries and aquaculture for coping with climate change in South Asia; E. Vivekanandan 22. Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Global Food Supply and Demand; J. Furuya, S. Kobayashi Part VII. CLIMATE CHANGE AND AGRIC. IN BANGLADESH 23. Effect of climatic changes on the incidence of disease of winter pulses; M.A. Bakr 24. Climate Change and Sustainable Irrigation Management in Bangladesh; S. Islam 25. Cool Rice for a Warmer Environment: Concept, Progress and Prospect - Bangladesh perspective; M. Sirajul Islam 26. Soil carbon sequestration under rubber plantations in North-East India; D. Mandal 27. Incidence and severity of rice diseases and insect pests in relation to climate change; M. Haq 28. Assessing impacts of climate change on cereal production and food security in Bangladesh; G. Hussain 29. Climatic Variations: Farming Systems and Livelihoods in the High Barind Tract and Coastal Areas of Bangladesh; Y. Ali 30. Influence of Climatic Changes on the Abundance of Major Insect Pests of Sugarcane; M. Abdullah 31. Soil, Water and Climate Related Constraints for Crop Production in Bangladesh; M.S. Khan 32. Phenomena Leading to Food Chain Contamination to Intensify Climate Change Effects and Adaptation in Bangladesh; A.M.M. M. Hossain, S.F. Elahi Part VIII. POLICY IMPERATIVES 33. Title: Metrics for Mainstreaming Adaptation in Agriculture Sector; S.V.R.K. Prabhakar 34. A Framework for Regional Cooperation on Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia; S.K. Srivastava Part IX. NEED FOR ACTION 35. Adapting to Climate Change: Research and Development Priorities; R. Lal Closing Remarks; Ad Spijkers Dhaka Declaration


From the reviews:"This volume comprises 35 chapters of papers arising from a meeting held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in August 2008 to explore the consequences of the changing climate on the food security of people in the South Asia region. ... this is a very informative and useful summary of climate change and crop production research in South Asia and especially Bangladesh." (Peter J. Gregory, Food Security, Vol. 3, 2011)

EAN: 9789401781350
ISBN: 9401781354
Publisher: Springer
Dimensions: 23.39 x 15.6 x 3.2 centimetres (0.86 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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