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Food Security

Food Security

The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food. Published in cooperation with The International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP)

Editor-in-Chief: Serge Savary

ISSN: 1876-4517 (print version)
ISSN: 1876-4525 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12571

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Serge Savary
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, INRA, Auzeville, France


Stephen Waddington
Consultant, Cuernavaca, Mexico. Senior Editor for the Biological Environment


Macolm Blackie
University of East Anglia


Conny J.M. Almekinders
Knowledge, Technology and Innovation, WUR, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Michael Dibley
Professor in Global Public Health Nutrition , The University of Sydney, School of Public Health, Australia
Reimund P. Rötter
Chair, Tropical Plant Production and Agrosystems Modelling (TROPAGS), Department of Crop Sciences, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany
Derrill Watson
Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX, USA


Pamela Anderson, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, USA
Joachim von Braun, Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF Bonn), Professor for Economics and Technological Change, University of Bonn, Germany
Paul Collier, Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, UK and formerly Director of the Development Research Group at the World Bank
Gebisa Ejeta, World Food Prize Laureate 2009, Distinguished Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University, USA
Jonathan Gressel, Plant Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Lodovica Gullino, President the International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP), Professor of Biological and Integrated Plant Disease Management, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
Modadugu Gupta, World Food Prize Laureate, Senior Research Fellow World Fish Center, Vice-President Asian Fisheries Society
Sarah Gurr, Chair in Food Security BioSciences, University of Exeter, UK
Lawrence Haddad, Director and Professor, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
David Ingram, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh, and Lancaster Environment Centre, University of Lancaster, UK
J.D.H. Keatinge, Director General, AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center, Taiwan
Gurdev Khush, World Food Prize Laureate, Adjunct Professor of Plant Sciences, University of California Davis, USA, Former Principal Plant Breeder, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Hosny El Lakany, Adjunct Professor in Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia, Former Assistant Director-General FAO
Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, Director Carbon Management Sequestration Center, Ohio State University, USA
Kanayo Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Italy
Gabrielle Persley, Biotechnology Advisor to the World Bank, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Pedro Sanchez, World Food Prize Laureate, Director, Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Palisades, USA
Peter Scott, Former President of the International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP), CABI Head Office, Oxfordshire, UK
Carlos Seré, Director General, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
Prakash Shetty, Professor of Public Health Nutrition, University of Southampton Medical School, UK
Richard Strange, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London, London, UK


Ashraful (Neeloy) Alam, University of Sydney School of Public Health
Selena Ahmed
, Montana State University, Bozeman, USA
Sonia Akter, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Margo Barker. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
Suresh Babu, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, USA
Todd Benson, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, USA
Raimund Bleischwitz, University College London (UCL), London, UK
Steven A. Block, Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medorf, USA
William Erskine, Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA), The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia
Anja Fasse, Weihenstephan University of Applied Sciences  (HSWT) / TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability (TUMCS), Freising, Germany
Amy Girard, Hubert Department of Global Health and the Nutrition and Health Sciences Program, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, USA
Jonathan Gressel, Plant Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Ben Groom, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK
Gordon M. Hickey, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada
Munir Hoffmann, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany
Tanvir Huda, The University of Sydney School of Public Health, Australia
Osamu Ito, Senior Research Fellow Institute for Sustainability and Peace, United Nations University (UNU-ISP), Tokyo, Japan
Helena Kahiluoto, LUT University, Finland
Mangani Chilala Kathundu, University of Malawi, Chancellor College, Malawi
Martin Keulertz, Purdue University, Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, West Lafayette, USA
Wajiha Khathun, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – Bangladesh
Harry Kuiper, RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands
Rod Lefroy, International Agricultural R&D Consultant, Fribourg, Switzerland
Erik Mathijs, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Leuven, Belgium
Shawn McGuire, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Max D. Merbis, Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies, Amsterdam. The Netherlands
Sam L.J. Page, Agricultural Consultant, Marlborough, UK
Andre M.N. Renzaho, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University
Margarita Ruiz Ramos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain
Pepijn Schreinemachers, World Vegetable Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Stefan Sieber,  Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research e.V., Muncheberg, Germany
Michele Solfrizzo, Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Bari, Italy
Fulu Tao, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Paul Teng, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore
Anne Marie Thow, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, Australia
Katarina Waha, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Marc C.A. Wegerif, Human Economy Programme, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Eckart Woertz, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, Barcelona, Spain
Anthony Whitbread, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

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    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:
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      • 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
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