Long-Term Farming Systems Research

Long-Term Farming Systems Research

Ensuring Food Security in Changing Scenarios

1st Edition - May 17, 2020

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  • Editors: Gurbir Bhullar, Amritbir Riar
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128181874
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128181867

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Long-Term Farming Systems Research: Ensuring Food Security in Changing Scenarios 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 is of unprecedented importance, providing insights into the interactions of agricultural production with ecological, economic and societal aspects. 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. --- From the Editors: "Thanks to the excellent panel of our contributing authors, in this book, we have attempted to offer the widest possible thematic and geographical coverage on LTEs. Experts from different institutions leading LTEs across the globe have provided their perspectives on different aspects of LTEs, not only highlighting the unique knowledge contribution of LTEs, but also discussing the unique challenges of effectively managing LTEs and maintaining their relevance to changing scenarios. We hope that this book will offer something for everyone interested in the history, present and future of our agroecosystem."

Key Features

  • 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 as well as on capacity development
  • 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


Agricultural and environmental scientists, global policy makers, NGOs, funding bodies, extensionists, educational institutions, lecturers and students in fields of environmental science and agriculture

Table of Contents

  • I. From the Editors' Desk

    - Preface
    - Long-term experiments in agriculture: Stages, challenges and precautions

    II. Lessons for Agricultural Development

    1. Long-term agricultural research at Rothamsted
    2. Implementation and management of the DOK long-term system comparison trial
    3. Pursuing agroecosystem resilience in a long-term Mediterranean agricultural experiment
    4. Challenges of maintaining relevance to current agricultural issues in a long-term cropping establishment experiment in Canterbury, New Zealand
    5. Integration of efficient farm enterprises for livelihood security of small farmers

    III. Maximizing Outcomes Through Networking and Capacity Development

    6. Building capacity from Glenlea, Canada's oldest organic rotation study
    7. Testing long-term impact of agriculture on soil and environment in Poland
    8. Geographical network: Legacy of the Soviet era long-term field experiments in Russian agriculture
    9. Managing long-term experiment data: A repository for soil and agricultural research
    10. Long-term experiments on agroecology and organic farming: The Italian LTE network

Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: May 17, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128181874
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128181867

About the Editors

Gurbir Bhullar

Dr. Gurbir S. Bhullar is a farming systems expert at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland. He has first-hand experience and expertise in long-term farming systems research in relation to the contemporary challenges faced by the small holder farming communities, particularly in less-privileged parts of the world. His qualifications span across agricultural and environmental sciences, and the focus of his research includes agricultural ecology, climate change mitigation and participatory research for sustainability of rural livelihoods. He undertakes multi-disciplinary and transdisciplinary research approaches, contributing to policy-making for sustainable development.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of International Cooperation, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Switzerland

Amritbir Riar

Dr Amritbir Riar is theme leader for ‘resilient cropping systems’ at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland. He has diverse experience in leading various research and extension initiatives focusing on agricultural farming and production systems, participatory and decentralized plant breeding, policy engagement and dialogue on value chain integrity. He also serves as scientific coordinator of a Long-Term Farming Systems Comparison (SysCom) program, comprising a series of LTEs across tropical countries focused on comparing different farming systems for their performance on agronomic, economic and ecological aspects.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of International Cooperation, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Switzerland

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