American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry

Special Issue

Precision Agriculture and Sustainable Development

  • Submission Deadline: 1 June 2024
  • Status: Submission Closed
  • Lead Guest Editor: Neeraj Hanumante
About This Special Issue
The world faces complex challenges such as population growth, climate change, and resource scarcity. These challenges put immense pressure on the agricultural sector to produce more food sustainably. Precision agriculture, which involves the use of advanced technologies such as remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT), has emerged as a promising solution to address these challenges. By enabling farmers to make data-driven decisions and optimize resource utilization, precision agriculture can enhance productivity, reduce environmental impact, and promote sustainable development in the agricultural sector.
The understanding of how precision agriculture can contribute to sustainable development is crucial for several compelling reasons:
(1) Balancing Environmental Conservation and Agricultural Production: The understanding of precision agriculture's potential in sustainable development allows us to strike a balance between agricultural production and environmental conservation. It enables farmers to maximize yields while minimizing negative environmental impacts, preserving natural resources, and protecting biodiversity. This balance is essential for the long-term viability of agriculture and the well-being of ecosystems.
(2) Informing Policy and Investment Decisions: Policymakers and investors need evidence-based insights to make informed decisions that support sustainable agricultural development. Understanding how precision agriculture contributes to sustainability provides the necessary knowledge to shape policies, regulations, and investments that incentivize and promote adopting precision agriculture practices at a broader scale.
(3) Empowering Farmers and Stakeholders: When farmers and stakeholders understand the benefits of precision agriculture in sustainable development, they are more likely to embrace and invest in these technologies and practices. Empowering farmers with the knowledge and tools to implement precision agriculture fosters their engagement in sustainable farming practices and enhances their economic resilience.
The primary goal of this special issue is to develop insights into how precision agriculture can contribute to sustainable development. We invite contributions that explore precision agriculture and sustainable development, with particular interest in the assessment of precision agriculture from a sustainable development point of view.
Following types of articles welcomed: original research, opinion, perspective, review, and case studies
We invite researchers from diverse backgrounds to contribute their research and critical insights to this special issue on precision agriculture and sustainable development. Together, we can create a comprehensive body of knowledge that drives progress in the agricultural sector, fosters sustainable practices, and paves the way for a more resilient and prosperous future for agriculture and our planet.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Resource Efficiency and Conservation
  2. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  3. Enhanced Crop Productivity and Food Security
  4. Economic Benefits and Rural Development
  5. Integration of AI and IoT in Precision Agriculture
  6. Socio-Economic Impacts and Equity
  7. Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Conservation
  8. Sustainable Supply Chains and Market Linkages
  9. Policy and Regulatory Frameworks
  10. Case Studies and Success Stories
  11. Interdisciplinary Approaches
Lead Guest Editor
  • Neeraj Hanumante

    Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States

Guest Editors
  • Kiran Kunari

    Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States

  • Balasubramanian Sambasivam

    Center for transportation research, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States

  • Pratik Gholkar

    Department of Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Delft, Delft, Netherlands

  • Vinod Vijay Kumar

    Centre for Technology Foresight and Policy, Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur, Jodhpur, India

  • Ashish Soren

    Department of Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Calicut, Kozhikode, India

  • Neeta Maitre

    Department of Computer Engineering, Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Pune, India