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Call for Papers — AAG Featured Theme

Geographies of Bread and Water
in the 21st Century

Copyright Glen MacDonald
Wheat harvest in Gujarat, one of the top 10 wheat-producing states in India. Due to recent aridity, India may need to import some five million metric tons of wheat in 2016-17. (Photo courtesy of Glen M MacDonald)

Burgeoning global population along with increasing appetite for high-protein or resource demanding food choices may double demands on world agriculture by 2050. At the same time groundwater depletion and climate change are negatively impacting the availability of sufficient water to meet agricultural and domestic freshwater demands in many regions. Compounding these challenges are socioeconomic forces, including armed conflicts and state collapse that negatively affect agricultural productivity, food transference and water resources. The challenges to food and water security over the 21st century represent an increasing and potentially existential threat to global society. These issues are fundamentally geographical in nature and should form a central research and educational focus of geography.

The AAG Opening Presidential Plenary: Bread and Water in the 21st Century will kick off this featured theme. Speakers in this special plenary will be AAG President Glen M. MacDonald (UCLA), Ruth DeFries (Columbia University) and Peter Gleick (Pacific Institute). Discussants will be Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern (Syracuse University) and William G. Moseley (Macalaster College).

Glen M. MacDonald, Ruth DeFries, Peter Gleick, Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, William G. Moseley

Call for Papers

Papers and sessions in the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting Geographies of Bread and Water in the 21st Century Theme will address the complex demands and challenges of food and water provision over the 21st century and the roles of physical, social, cultural and technological geographical research, education and public communication in formulating and implementing monitoring, adaptation and mitigation strategies.

We welcome papers from all disciplines, subfields and perspectives.

To participate in this theme, please submit your abstract or organized session at When you receive confirmation of a successful submission, please then forward this confirmation to: BreadAndWater [at] aag [dot] org. The deadline has been extended to November 17, 2016.

For more information, please visit, or contact members of the theme’s organizing committee.

Organizer: Glen M. MacDonald (UCLA)