Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia / Edition 1

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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.
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“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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789048195152
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Edition description: 2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 1.31 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Climate Change in South Asia

1 Climate of South Asia and the Human Wellbeing Rattan Lal 3

2 Climate Change in South Asia Mannava V.K. Sivakumar Robert Stefanski 13

3 Solar Irradiance of the Earth's Atmosphere Sultana N. Nahar 31

4 Mass Balance Approach to Study Glaciers Dynamics in the Himalayas Dagfinnur Sveinbjörnsson Helgi Björnsson 43

Part II Climate Change and Water Resources

5 Understanding Surface Water Flow and Storage Changes Using Satellites: Emerging Opportunities for Bangladesh Faisal Hossain Douglas Alsdorf 57

6 Inter-annual Water Storage Changes in Asia from GRACE Data C.K. Shum Jun-Yi Guo Faisal Hossain Jianbin Duan Douglas E. Alsdorf Xiao-Jun Duan Chung-Yen Kuo Hyongki Lee Michael Schmidt Lei Wang 69

7 Observation and Geophysical Causes of Present-Day Sea-Level Rise C.K. Shum Chung-Yen Kuo 85

Part III Climate Change and the Environment

8 Selenium: A Right Choice to Treat Arsenicosis in Bangladesh Abdul Momin 107

9 Agricultural and Environmental Changes in Bangladesh in Response to Global Warming S. Ahsan M.S. Ali M.R. Hoque M.S. Osman M. Rahman M.J. Babar S.A. Begum D.M. Rahman K.R. Islam 119

Part IV Climate Change and Soil Degradation

10 Soil Degradation and Food Security in South Asia Rattan Lal 137

11 Restoration of Degraded and Desertified Lands: Experience from Iceland Sveinn Runólfsson Anna Maria Ágústsdóttir 153

12 Organic Carbon Cycling During Himalayan Erosion: Processes, Fluxes and Consequences for the Global Carbon Cycle Valier Galy Christian France-Lanord Olivier Beyssac Bruno Lartiges Mustafizur Rhaman 163

Part V Climate Change and Food Security

13 World Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy Ramasamy Selvaraju 185

14 Implications of Climate Change on Agriculture and Food Security in South Asia M. Ad Spijkers 217

15 Climate Change and Food Security in India Nabansu Chattopadhyay 229

Part VI Mitigation and Adaptation Options

16 Global Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia: An Adaptation and Mitigation Framework P.K. Aggarwal Mannava V.K. Sivakumar 253

17 Options on Land Management and Land Use for Coping with Climate Change in South Asia Yuji Niino 277

18 Challenges and Opportunities in Composting Organic Waste Harold M. Keener 295

19 Adaptation Strategies in Coping with Climate Change Impacts for Improved Crop Health and Sustainable Food Production Abul Kalam Samsul Huda Raj Mehrotra Ashish Sharma 325

20 Options for Forest Management for Coping with Climate Change in South Asia N.H. Ravindranath Indu K. Murthy Shilpa Swarnim 343

21 Options on Fisheries and Aquaculture for Coping with Climate Change in South Asia Elayaperumal Vivekanandan 359

22 Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Global Food Supply and Demand Jun Furuya Shintaro Kobayashi Seth D. Meyer 377

Part VII Climate Change and Agriculture in Bangladesh

23 Effect of Climatic Changes on the Incidence of Disease of Winter Pulses M.A. Bakr M.H. Rashid M.S. Hossain A.U. Ahmed 397

24 Climate Change and Sustainable Irrigation Management in Bangladesh Md. Shirazul Islam Md. Harun-ur-Rashid 407

25 Cool Rice for a Warmer Environment: Concept, Progress and Prospect - Bangladesh Perspective M. Sirajul Islam Abdullah A. Mahbub M. Serajul Islam 423

26 Soil Carbon Sequestration Under Rubber Plantations in North-East India D. Mandal K.R. Islam 433

27 Incidence and Severity of Rice Diseases and Insect Pests in Relation to Climate Change Mainul Haq M.A. Taher Mia M.F. Rabbi M.A. Ali 445

28 Assessing Impacts of Climate Change on Cereal Production and Food Security in Bangladesh S. Ghulam Hussain 459

29 Climatic Variations: Farming Systems and Livelihoods in the High Barind Tract and Coastal Areas of Bangladesh Md. Badirul Islam Md. Yusuf Ali Mohammad Amin Sheikh Mostafa Zaman 477

30 Influence of Climatic Changes on the Abundance of Major Insect Pests of Sugarcane Md. Abdullah Md. Abdul Mannan 499

31 Soil, Water and Climate Related Constraints for Crop Production in Bangladesh M. Shahabuddin Khan Ranjit Sen Shamsun Noor Habib Mohammad Naser Md. Khairul Alam 515

32 Phenomena Leading to Food Chain Contamination to Intensify Climate Change Effects and Adaptation in Bangladesh A.M.M. Maruf Hossain S.F. Elahi 527

Part VIII Policy Imperatives

33 Metrics for Mainstreaming Adaptation in Agriculture Sector Sivapuram Venkata Rama Krishna Prabhakar Ancha Srinivasan 551

34 A Framework for Regional Cooperation on Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia Sanjay K. Srivastava 569

Part IX Need for Action

35 Adapting to Climate Change: Research and Development Priorities Rattan Lal 587

Index 597

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