Climate Change and Global Food Security

Edited by Rattan Lal, Norman Uphoff, Bobby A. Stewart and David O. Hansen 
CRC Press  May 2005  

Hardback  808  ISBN 9780824725365      £114.00
  • Presents a comprehensive history leading up to the crisis, while considering current scenarios occurring in the world
  • Looks at the current effects and further implications of global warming
  • Fully explores carbon sequestration employment and implementation
  • Offers incentive-laden solutions in consideration of economic and social barriers
  • Includes contributions from more than 70 leading experts, including Nobel Laureate, Norman Borlaug

In order to feed their burgeoning populations, developing nations will need to double cereal production by the year 2050. This increase will have to come from existing land, as little potential exists for bringing new land under cultivation -- a daunting prospect when one realizes that increased use and significantly higher concentrations of carbon dioxide have led to a severe depletion of the carbon pool in the world's soils. This is especially telling in developing countries where tropical climates further compromise the soil's ability to recover.

In Climate Change and Global Food Security, bestselling editor Rattan Lal heads up a team of the world's top soil scientists and ecologists to document the history of this impending agricultural crisis and explore possible solutions. Throughout this timely text, the authors address six complex themes:

  • The impact of projected climate change on soil quality, water resources, temperature regime, and growing season duration on net primary productivity of different biomes
  • Soil carbon dynamics under changing climate
  • The impact of changes in carbon dioxide and ecological environments on agronomic yields and food production in different regions of the world
  • World food demands and supply during the 21st century
  • Policy and economic issues related to carbon trading and enhancing agricultural production
  • Research and development priorities for enhancing soil carbon pool and food security

This hard-hitting text is essential reading for anyone involved with soil and crop sciences as well as policy makers and change agents who need to come to the forefront of this issue armed with the latest information and viable solutions.





  • Reducing World Hunger in Tropical Africa while Coping with Climate Change, P.A. Sanchez
  • World Food Security: Perspectives, Past, Present, and Future, D.J. Greenland
  • Changing Times and Directions, R.D. Havener, C.R. Dowswell, and N.E. Borlaug
  • Greenhouse Gases and Food Security in Low-Income Countries, R. Darwin, S. Rosen, and S. Shapouri
  • Climate Change, Soil Carbon Dynamics, and Global Food Security, R. Lal


  • Climate Change Effects on the Water Supply in Some Major River Basins, R.S. Muttiah and R.A. Wurbs
  • Climate Change and Terrestrial Ecosystem Productivity, W.M. Post and A.W. King
  • The Changing Role of Forests in the Global Carbon Cycle: Responding to Elevated Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere, E.H. Delucia, D. J. Moore, J.G. Hamilton, R.B. Thomas, C.J. Singer, and R.J. Norby
  • Impact of Climate Change on Soil Organic Matter Status in Cattle Pasture in Western Brazilian Amazon, C. C. Cerri, M. Bernoix, C.E.P. Cerri, and K. Paustian


  • Climate Change, Agriculture, and Sustainability, C. Rosenzweig and D. Hillel
  • Assessing the Consequences of Climate Change for Food Security: A View from the IPCCW, Easterling
  • Climate Change and Tropical Agriculture: Implications for Social Vulnerability and Food Security, H. Eakin
  • Effects of Global Climate Change on Agricultural Pests: Possible Impacts and Dynamics at Population, Species-Interaction And Community Levels, A. Joern, J. D. Logan, and W. Wolesensky
  • Food Security and Production in Dryland Regions, B.A. Stewart
  • Climate Change and Crop Production: Challenges to Modeling Future Scenarios, E.S. Takle and Z. Pan


  • Soil Carbon Sequestration: Understanding and Predicting Responses to Soil Climate and Management, J. Jones, V. Walen, M. Doubmia, and A.J. Gijsman
  • Reducing Greenhouse Warming Potential by Carbon Sequestration in Soils: Opportunities, Limits and Tradeoffs, J. Duxbury
  • Management Practices and Carbon Losses via Sediment and Subsurface Flow, L.B. Owens and M.J. Shipitalo
  • Measuring and Monitoring Soil Carbon Sequestration at the Project Level, R.C. Izaurralde
  • Dynamics of Carbon Sequestration in Various Agroclimatic Zones of Uganda, M. M. Tenywa, M. Mwanjalolo, M.K. Magunda, R. Lal, and G. Taulya
  • Soil Carbon Sequestration in Dryland Farming Systems, P. Koohafhan, A. Rey and J. Antoine.
  • More Food, Less Poverty? The Potential Role of Carbon Sequestration in Smallholder Farming Systems in Senegal, P. Tschakert
  • Hillside Agriculture and Food Security in Mexico: Advances in the Sustainable Hillside Management Project, J.I. Cortés, A. Turrent, P. Díaz, L. Jiménez, E. Hernández, and R. Mendoza
  • Soil Organic Carbon, Quality Index and Soil Fertility in Hillside Agriculture, J.D. Etchevers, M.A. Vergara, M.M. Acosta, C.M. Monreal, and L. Jiménez
  • Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration in Zambia, R.B. Dadson, J. Joshi, F.M. Hashem, A.L. Allen, C. Bolek, S.W. Muliokela, and A. Chalebesa


  • Policy and Economic Issues Dealing with Global Warming, G. E. Schuh
  • Confronting the Twin Problems of Global Warming and Food Insecurity, L. Tweeten
  • Policies and Incentive Mechanisms for the Permanent Adoption of Agricultural Carbon Sequestration Practices in Industrialized and Developing Countries, J.M. Antle and L.M. Young
  • The Impact of Climate Change in a Developing Country: A Case Study from Mali, T. Butt and B. McCarl


  • Researchable Issues and Development Priorities for Countering Climate Change, R. Lal, B.A. Stewart, D.O. Hansen and N. Uphoff


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