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Life Sciences - Ecology | Aims and Scope: Food Security

Aims and Scope: Food Security

This new venture is the initiative of a distinguished international group of scientists, sociologists and economists who hold a deep concern for the challenge of global food security, together with a vision of the power of shared knowledge as a means of meeting that challenge. To address the challenge of global food security, the journal seeks to address the constraints - physical, biological and socio-economic - which not only limit food production but also the ability of people to access a healthy diet. The journal contains a mixture of original refereed papers taking a synthetic view of the science, sociology and economics of food production, agricultural development, access to food, and nutrition, together with review articles, case studies and letters to the editor. The journal covers the principles and practice of food security per se, taking an overview of the subject or analysing it with a broad perspective over its many component disciplines. The journal does not seek to duplicate the coverage of the many publications that focus specifically on those component disciplines.

From this perspective, the journal will cover the following areas:

  • Global food needs: the mismatch between population and the ability to provide adequate nutrition
  • Global food potential
  • Natural constraints to satisfying global food needs:
    • Climatic
    • Desertification and flooding
    • Natural disasters
    • Edaphic and other abiotic constraints to production
    • Biotic constraints to production

  • Nutrition, food quality and food safety
  • Socio-political factors that impinge on the ability to satisfy global food needs:
    • Land, agricultural and food policy
    • International relations and trade
    • Access to food
    • Financial policy
    • Wars and ethnic unrest