Agroecological footprints are a unique and popular concept for sustainable food system. Measuring and keeping a tab on the agroecological footprints of various human activities has gained remarkable interest in the past decade. From a range of human activities, food production and agriculture are most essential as well as extremely dependent on the agroecosystems. It is therefore crucial to understand the interaction of agroecosystem constituents with the extensive agricultural practices. The environmental impact measured in terms of agroecological footprints for a healthy for the sustainable food system. The editors critically examine the status of agroecological footprints and how it can be maintained within sustainable limits. Drawing upon research and examples from around the world, the book is offering an up-to-date account, and insight into how agroecology can be implemented as a solution in the form of eco-friendly practices that would boost up the production, curbs the environmental impacts, improves the bio-capacity, and reduces the agroecological footprints. It further discusses the changing status of the agroecological footprints and the growth of other footprint tools and types, such as land, water, carbon, nitrogen, etc. This book will be of interest to teachers, researchers, government planners, climate change scientists, capacity builders, and policymakers. Also, the book serves as additional reading material for undergraduate and graduate students of agriculture, agroforestry, agroecology, soil science, and environmental sciences. National and international agricultural scientists, policymakers will also find this to be useful to achieve the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’.
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Author BiographyDr. Arnab Banerjee is an assistant professor, Department of Environmental Science, Sant Gahira Guru Vishwavidyalaya,Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh, India. He has completed MSc and PhD (Environmental Science) from Burdwan University and MPhil in Environmental Science from Kalyani University, West Bengal. He won the University Gold Medal for securing first class first position in MSc examination. He has been awarded Young Scientist Award for best oral presentation at the international conference held at the University of Burdwan. He was a project fellow under UGC-sponsored major research project. To his credit, he has published 67 research papers in reputed national and international journals, 8 books, and 27 book chapters. He is life member of the Academy of Environmental Biology. He has supervised 23 postgraduate students and engaged in Postgraduate Teaching and Research. Dr. Ram Swaroop Meenais working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agronomy, I.Ag. Scs., BHU, Varanasi (UP). Dr. Meena has been awarded Raman Research Fellowship by the MHRD, GOI. He has completed his postdoctoral research on soil carbon sequestration under Prof. Rattan Lal World Food Prize 2020 Laureate 2020, Director, CMASC, Columbus, USA. Dr. Meena has supervised 20 PG and 6 PhD students, and have10 years of research and teaching experience. He is working on the three externally funded projects ( DST, MHRD, ICAR) with one patent. Dr. Meena has published more than 110 research and review papers and have H-index ~ 40, as well 4 published books at the national and 14 books at the international levels, and contributedin the books with 15 chapters at national and 50 at the international levels. He has worked as an expert for the NCERT, MHRD, GOI. Dr. Meena is contributed in several agricultural extension activities, trainings, meetings, workshops, etc. Dr. Manoj Kumar Jhariya is Assistant Professor at the Department of Farm Forestry, Sant Gahira Guru Vishwavidyalaya (Formerly Sarguja University) Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh), India, and the author or co-author of more than 68 scientific papers, 08 books, 33 book chapters and several extension articles. Dr. Jhariya acquired B.Sc. (Agriculture), M.Sc. and Ph.D. (both in Forestry) degrees from Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India. Dr. Jhariya was awarded a UGC-RGNF Fellowship, New Delhi, India, and received a Chhattisgarh Young Scientist Award from Chhattisgarh Council of Science and Technology in 2013. He is an editorial board member for several journals and a life member of numerous societies. Dhiraj Kumar Yadav is an assistant professor and head, Department of Farm Forestry, Sarguja Vishwavidyalaya, Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh, India. He completed graduation, postgraduation, and PhD in Forestry from Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (JNKVV), IGKVV, and Kumaun University, Nainital, respectively. He has pursued MBA in Human Resource Management from Sikkim Manipal University and Diploma in Environmental Management. He has been awarded Chhattisgarh Young Scientist Award in the year 2008 from Chhattisgarh Council of Science and Technology. He received a merit scholarship during BSc curriculum. He also worked as JRF, SRF, research assistant (RA), and project coordinator in various forestry institutes. He has published many research papers (35), articles, books (2), and book chapters (20) in various national and international reputed publishers. He is also member of several academic societies of India. He has supervised 48 MSc (Farm Forestry) students and involvedin teaching (postgraduate) and research.