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Food Security

Food Security

The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food

Editor-in-Chief: R.N. Strange

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

Journal no. 12571

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Richard Strange

Honorary Professor, University College London, UK

Deputy Editor-in-Chief:

Stephen Waddington

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

Book Reviews Editor

Macolm Blackie
University of East Anglia

Senior Editors:

Conny J.M. Almekinders, Knowledge, Technology and Innovation, WUR, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Eric T. Craswell, Visiting Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Senior Editor for the Physical Environment

Michael Dibley, Professor in Global Public Health Nutrition , The University of Sydney, School of Public Health, Australia.

Andrew Jones, University of Michigan, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, USA, Senior Editor of Nutrition and Sociology

Derrill Watson, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX, USA

Advisory Board:

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

Osamu Ito, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Sustainability and Peace, United Nations University (UNU-ISP), Tokyo, Japan

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)

Harry Kuiper, Former Department Head, RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety Wageningen, Chair GMO Panel European Food Safety Authority, The Netherlands

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

Editorial Board:

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

Jessica Duncan, School of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands 

Eric Craswell, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia  

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

Osamu Ito, Senior Research Fellow Institute for Sustainability and Peace, United Nations University (UNU-ISP), Tokyo, Japan

Martin Keulertz, Purdue University, Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, West Lafayette, USA

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

Serge Savary, INRA, Auzeville, France

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

Eckart Woertz, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, Barcelona, Spain

Anthony Whitbread, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Meike Wollni, Georg-August-University 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.  

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    • 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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