Agricultural Land Degradation: Processes and Problems Undermining Future Food Security

Akbar Hossain, Timothy J. Krupnik, Jagadish Timsina, M. Golam Mahboob, Apurbo Kumar Chaki, Muhammad Farooq, Rajan Bhatt, Shah Fahad, Mirza Hasanuzzaman

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

Despite significant progress in increasing agricultural production, meeting the changing dietary preferences and increasing food demands of future populations remain significant challenges. This is especially the case in developing countries. Climate change and variability, unstable markets, and shrinking arable land resources that result from urbanization and industrialization represent additional challenges. In many countries-especially those with dense populations and/ or diverse ecosystems in need of conservation-expanding agriculture to new lands to increase production is not an option. Conversely, where farmers' practices result in land degradation and deterioration of soils and natural resources upon which future productivity depends, urgent research and policy attention is needed to arrest and reverse declines in land degradation and adverse soil quality in consideration of mounting global demands for agricultural goods. This chapter provides a synopsis of agricultural land degradation issues while providing potential solutions to reverse
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironment, Climate, Plant and Vegetation Growth
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages17-61
Number of pages45
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameEnvironment, Climate, Plant and Vegetation Growth

Cite this