Special Issue Call for Papers

World Journal of Agricultural Research

Special Issue Call for Papers

Special Issue on Advancements in Agriculture in the Tropics

The special issue on the Advancements in Agriculture in the Tropics aims to highlight research geared towards the improvement of agricultural techniques and practices in the tropics. Presently, the environment is continuously changing and the impact on agriculture is enormous. This therefore, creates a situation whereby, greater research in agriculture is needed to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of those changes. Increased production and productivity in tropical agriculture can only be attained through pointed and customized research.

High quality papers that are related to agriculture, agro-biotechnology, the impact of the environment on agriculture, crop and livestock development, livestock nutrition and pharmaceuticals, novel treatment and epidemiology of zoonotics are encouraged for publication.

This special issue welcomes the following contributions:
• Full research papers: with observations and results from scientific investigations
• Review papers: with critical reviews of subjects and topics included.

About the issue

The scope of topics covered in the this issue include:

  • Crop science and agronomy
  • Agro-biotechnology
  • Soil and water management
  • Plant health
  • Agricultural Microbiology
  • Livestock development
  • Climate change
  • Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Pharmaceutical and medicinal properties of natural / indigenous herbs
  • Alternative livestock feed
  • Veterinary Public Health and Preventative Medicine

Important dates

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: October 30, 2014
Final Version Due: November 21, 2014
Special Issue Publishing Date: December 10, 2014

Chief Guest Editor

Taletha Laudat
Research Agronomist, Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry
Email: Soil3@msn.com

Guest Editor

Dr. Reginald Thomas
Chief veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry
Email: forestvet@gmail.com

Henie Parillon
Science Educator, Newark Public Schools
Email: heniep@gmail.com, hparillon@nps.k12.nj.us

Submit your article now

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Taletha Laudat at the address: <Soil3@msn.com>

Special Issue on Integrated Approaches for Sustainable Agriculture

Present day Agriculture aims not only to increase unit area productivity but also to have quality produce with sustainability of production by protecting soil health and fertility. This is possible by integrating traditional practices with agricultural technology being developed time to time. Agriculture is heavily dependent on the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to achieve higher yields. This dependence is associated with problems such as environmental pollution, health hazards, interruption of natural ecological nutrient cycling and destruction of biological communities that otherwise support crop production. Hence, crop production and pest and disease management have to be achieved in shorter intervals of time with fewer detrimental inputs. The use of bioresources to replace chemical fertilizers and pesticides is growing. Biofertilizers and Biopesticides are products of efficient microbial inoculants proved their potentials in increasing plant nutrient availability and in the control of crop pests and diseases respectively. Hence, microbial inoculants are to be mass produced having high cell count per unit volume, formulated possessing long shelf life, assessed for the quality to increase the acceptance and adoption of this technology by farming community. The special issue on “Integrated Approaches for Sustainable Agriculture” in “World Journal of Agricultural Research” is arranged to discuss on the various issues on the constrains and limitations in the adoption and dissemination of this technology by rural farmers. This special issue will cover all areas of the Agriculture. The journal welcomes the submission of research and review papers that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence.

About the issue

The scope of topics covered in the this issue include:

  • Agronomy
  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Agricultural Microbiology
  • Animal Science
  • Crop Science
  • Dairy Science
  • Entomology
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture
  • Pesticide Science
  • Seed Science
  • Soil Science
  • Stored Products Research

Important dates

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: September 30, 2014
Final Version Due: October 15, 2014
Special Issue Publishing Date: October 30, 2014

Chief Guest Editor

Dr. P. Sivasakthivelan
Department of Microbiology, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India.
Email: plantdoctormicrosiva@gmail.com

Guest Editor

Dr. P. Saranraj
Department of Microbiology, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India.
Email: microsaranraj@gmail.com

Dr. R. T. S. Nandini
Department of Microbiology & Biochemistry, Nadar Saraswathi Arts and College, Theni, Tamil Nadu, India.
Email: nandinirts@gmail.com

Submit your article now

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Dr. P. Sivasakthivelan at the address: <plantdoctormicrosiva@gmail.com>

Special Issue on Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification

Traditional soil cultivation systems, with intensive soil tillage, will generally lead to soil degradation and loss of crop productivity. World-wide the focus has shifted to conservation agriculture (CA). CA is characterized by three linked principles, namely: continuous minimum mechanical soil disturbance, permanent organic soil cover and diversification of crop species grown in sequences and/or associations. Conservation Agriculture maintains a permanent or semi-permanent organic soil cover. This can be a growing crop or dead mulch. Its function is to protect the soil physically from sun, rain and wind and to feed soil biota. The soil micro-organisms and soil fauna take over the tillage function and soil nutrient balancing. Mechanical tillage disturbs this process. Therefore, zero or minimum tillage and direct seeding are important elements of CA. Thus, CA aims to conserve, improve and make more efficient use of natural resources through integrated management of available soil, water and biological resources combined with external inputs. It contributes to environmental conservation as well as to enhanced and sustained agricultural production. It can also be referred to as resource-efficient / resource effective agriculture. CA is being practiced on about 45 million ha, mostly in South and North America. Its use is growing exponentially on small and large farms in South America, due to economic and environmental pressures. However, its area is increasing at a very slow rate across the globe especially among the smallholder farmers of developing countries. Increasing labor scarcity, declining soil’s productivity, declining biodiversity, climate change effects, low integration of crop-livestock-fisheries in agriculture and increasing cost of cultivation are the major constraints of present day agriculture. Therefore, the present topic was chosen to share the generated knowledge among the scientific communities and disseminate it among the smallholder farmers of developing countries.

About the issue

The scope of topics covered in the this issue include:

  • Conservational Agriculture (CA) among smallholder farming communities
  • CA in mitigating climate change effects
  • CA in conserving biodiversity
  • CA in conserving natural resources like soil and water
  • CA in improving the resources use efficiency of agricultural systems
  • CA under crop-livestock-fisheries production system

Important dates

Submission Deadline: August 01, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: August 05, 2014
Final Version Due: August 10, 2014
Special Issue Publishing Date: August 15, 2014

Chief Guest Editor

Tika Bahadur Karki
Nepal Agricultural Research Council, National Maize Research Program, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal
Email: tbkarki2003@gmail.com

Guest Editor

Jiban Shrestha
Nepal Agricultural Research Council, National Maize Research Program, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal
Email: jibshrestha@yahoo.com

Mahendra Prasad Tripathi
Nepal Agricultural Research Council, National Maize Research Program, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal
Email: mptripathi@gmail.com

Submit your article now

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Tika Bahadur Karki at the address: <tbkarki2003@gmail.com>

Special Issue on Gender issues in agriculture and rural development: implication for sustainable development

Gender refers to the social roles of women and men. The gender issue in agriculture has gained growing attention among researchers, aid donors, and policymakers. Gender roles are of key importance because gender shapes the opportunities and constraints that women and men face in securing their livelihoods across all cultural, political, economic and environmental settings. Gender influences the roles and relationships of people throughout all their activities, including their labour and decision-making roles. It is also important to understand the position of both women and men vis-à-vis the institutions that determine access to productive resources such as land, and to the wider economy. This is the main reason why gender issues in agriculture is a major concerned to all stakeholders in agricultural development. The aims of choosing this topic at this particular time is to provide understanding to gender issues in agriculture especially in designing agriculture and rural development programmes and projects. It is going to cover almost all areas of agriculture from production to consumption, gender and environmental factors will also be considered. For the purpose of achieving the aims set for this special issue following objectives will be achieved; analyze gender access to productive resources such as land, labour, appropriate technologies, credit facilities, rural transport, information and communication technologies and market; examine gender roles in agriculture production such as crop production, forestry, livestock and fishery and aquaculture production; and catalogue gender mainstreaming in agricultural production, climate mitigation and adaption and water management. In conclusion, gender issues in agriculture need to be tackled because of its importance to agricultural development. Food sufficiency can only be guaranteed, if gender involvement in agriculture is maintained. Therefore, the need for an aggressive approach to ensure that gender participation in agriculture is at an increasing rate.

About the issue

The topics of this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender roles in crop production;
  • Gender roles in livestock production;
  • Gender roles in fisheries and aquaculture;
  • Gender roles in forestry;
  • Gender access to productive resources such as land labour, appropriate technology;
  • Gender access to Information and communication technology;
  • Gender Issues in agricultural sociology such as culture, social mobility and gendered pattern of human migration;
  • Gender roles in climate change;
  • Gender mainstreaming in water management;
  • Gender roles in marketing, distribution and consumption;
  • Gender roles in agricultural extension service delivery;
  • Gender and poverty;
  • Gender roles in sustainable livelihood coping strategies.

Important dates

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013
Notification of Acceptance: October 31, 2013
Final Version Due: November 01, 2013
Special Issue Publishing Date: November 05, 2013

Chief Guest Editor

Dr. Ogunjimi S. I.
Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, Nigeria
Email: jimisunday@yahoo.co.uk; jimisunday@yahoo.com

Guest Editor

Dr Ajala A.O
Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, Nigeria

Dr Adesoji S.A
Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
Email:
dapadesoji@yahoo.com

Submit your article now

If you would like to submit an article to this special issue, please send your submissions via email directly to our guest editor, Dr. Ogunjimi S. I. <jimisunday@yahoo.co.uk>; <jimisunday@yahoo.com>.