Long-term Farming Systems Research: Ensuring Food Security in a Changing Environment presents the legacy and heritage of Long-Term Experiments (LTEs) in Agriculture while also addressing the challenges and potential solutions. The book discusses how LTEs form an important asset in understanding agriculture's significant influence on life on earth. As global governments and development agencies try to achieve the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, this book's content provides insight into the interactions of agricultural production with ecological, economic and societal aspects is of unprecedented importance.
In this regard, this book offers a thorough resource of information based on experiences from various ongoing LTEs in different parts of the world. The contextual variety and geographic diversity presented in this book makes it useful for agricultural and environmental scientists, as well as students and educators in such fields.
- Provides a comprehensive resource of information generated in various LTEs across the globe, with a focus on various aspects of farming systems, crop management practices, plant, soil and human nutrition
- Presents a holistic view on interactions of agricultural production and its relationship to the environment and society
- Identifies challenges and lessons learned from different LTEs and provides recommendations for potential solutions
Part 1: Unique Contribution of LTEs to agricultural science 1. Unique value of long-term farming systems research for sustainable farming systems 2. Legacy of the Soviet era LTEs in Russian Agriculture 3. LTEs in tropics: contribution of SysCom program to knowledge of sustainable intensification
Part 2: How to take maximum benefit out of the massive data generated in LTEs 4. Global Long-Term Experiments Network (GLTEN) 5. BonaRes Repository 6. Improved methods for statistical analysis of LTE data 7. RothC model: 40 years in making
Part 3: Management challenges of LTEs 8. Russell Ranch: a place to study the impacts of farming systems and inputs on agricultural sustainability 9. How to decide about shutting down an LTE 10. Why the LTEs in Asia remain underrepresented 11. LTEs for education: experiences from France and Spain 12. LTE as platform for innovation development
Dr. Gurbir S. Bhullar is a farming systems experts. In his role as the theme leader for 'sustainable agriculture in the tropics' at the 'Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland'. He is leading a Long-Term Farming Systems Comparison (SysCom) Program, comprising a series of LTEs across tropical countries focussed on comparing different farming systems for their agronomic, economic and ecological performance. This offers him first-hand experience and expertise in long-termfarming systems research in context to the contemporary challenges faced by the small holder farming communities, particularly in less-privileged parts of the world. In 2018, these field trials, located in Kenya, India and Bolivia, complete 12 years of their existence.
Dr. Amritbir Riar is a Senior Scientist and Global leader of Seeding the Green Future Program