BACKGROUND

Agriculture as the main driver of economic development in tropical countries faces a big challenge to feed 40% of the world population who lives in it. With the abundance of sunshine and the low range of temperature difference, farmers are able to grow crops all the year round. Tropical countries are also characterized by high population density, and hence a pressure to use the land intensively, including the erosion prone sloping land and less suitable lands. With the intensive use, tropical agriculture is prone to land degradation.

Equatorial regions have been suffering from climate change in the form of higher temperature, longer dry season, higher intensity rainfall, more frequent flooding, landslides, destructive cyclones, as well as more frequent event of El Niño Southern Oscillation. These have led to agricultural vulnerability. Crop failures may occur due to lack of ability and/or knowledge of agricultural actors to implement adaptation actions and it may threaten food security, not only at the national, but also at the regional level. Adapting tropical land management to climate change and combating land degradation are crucial to increase resilience of agricultural systems and maintain food security.  

Adaptation actions to climate change and control measures to land degradation are requiring appropriate technologies. Bridging farmers to the tropical agricultural land management technologies is a big challenge. Those technologies may have already been created but still in the shelves and there is an urgent need to unboxing and disseminating these technologies, and change them to innovations such that they are practicable by farmer. Meanwhile research and development on land management have been progressing in the tropics and these need to be communicated and in turn published in scientific journal and or proceedings.

Indonesian Center for Agricultural Land Resources Research and Development (ICALRRD) on behalf of the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) invites international experts to share their knowledge on several interesting topics regarding tropical land management to the event of The 1st International Conference on Sustainable Tropical Land Management, which will be held on 16-18 September 2020 Jakarta time through virtual way. This conference calls for qualified papers, which will be published in a proceeding of a reputable internationally indexed publisher.