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Innovations in Agricultural and Rural Development in a Changing World

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 July 2024 | Viewed by 2044

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Interests: efficiency and productivity analysis; agricultural economics; resource economics; multi-criteria analysis
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Dear Colleagues,

The agri-food industry has been subject to multiple local and global turbulences across the globe. The long-term trends of depleting natural resources and increasing urbanization have caused changes in factor availability. This has led to increasing production costs. In addition, the increasing volatility in yields and prices requires both risk management and technological advancement.

The increasing competitiveness for land has caused the emergence of such novel forms of farming such as vertical farming. Urban farming has also been introduced in urban areas. These novel forms of farming require complex innovations.

Recent developments in blockchain technology, the shared economy, and gamification provide opportunities to create platforms for agricultural producers and consumers. Such solutions may lead to decreased transaction costs and increased profitability. However, the supply chains need to be adapted to serve such platforms.

The present Special Issue seeks to gather contributions on the social, technological, and managerial innovations relevant to the agri-food sector. Theoretical and empirical papers that clearly indicate their importance and propose solutions for increasing the viability of agri-food production are welcome. Research covering both developing and developed countries is expected.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Social innovations in the agri-food sector;
  • Supply chain innovations;
  • Assessment of innovations in sustainability;
  • Technological innovations and their effects;
  • Impact assessment of the innovations in the agri-food sector;
  • Platforms for promoting innovations in the agri-food sector;
  • A sharing economy and network economy for agri-food innovations;
  • Innovative agri-food products and sustainability.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Tomas Baležentis
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • agricultural innovations
  • sustainable innovation
  • technological change

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Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Dairy Farming in Canada amidst Climate Change
by Suresh Neethirajan
Sustainability 2024, 16(1), 265; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16010265 - 27 Dec 2023
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In recent years, the Canadian dairy sector has faced escalating challenges due to its significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, particularly methane. This paper critically examines a spectrum of innovative techniques aimed at mitigating methane emissions within this sector, scrutinizing their cost-effectiveness, efficiency, [...] Read more.
In recent years, the Canadian dairy sector has faced escalating challenges due to its significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, particularly methane. This paper critically examines a spectrum of innovative techniques aimed at mitigating methane emissions within this sector, scrutinizing their cost-effectiveness, efficiency, compatibility with animal welfare standards, and adherence to both existing and prospective Canadian environmental legislations. The discourse begins with an exhaustive overview of contemporary methane reduction methodologies relevant to dairy farming, followed by a rigorous analysis of their economic feasibility. This includes a detailed cost-benefit analysis, juxtaposed with the efficiency and technological advancements these techniques embody. A pivotal aspect of this examination is the alignment of animal welfare with emission reduction objectives, ensuring that the strategies employed do not compromise the health and well-being of dairy cattle. Furthermore, the paper delves into the legislative landscape of Canada, evaluating the congruence of these techniques with current environmental laws and anticipating future regulatory shifts. Performance indicators for emission reduction are critically assessed, establishing benchmarks tailored to the Canadian context. This is complemented by an exploration of the market potential of these innovations, including factors influencing their adoption and scalability in the market. The analysis culminates with a synthesis of case studies and best practices within Canada, offering insights into successful implementations and drawing lessons for future endeavors. This comprehensive approach not only addresses the immediate environmental and health impacts associated with dairy farming emissions but also significantly contributes to the overarching goal of sustainable development in the agricultural sector. The research presented in this paper holds significant implications for the future of sustainable dairy farming, offering a model for addressing environmental challenges while maintaining economic viability and animal welfare. Full article
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