Friday, September 23, 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS: Food Security: the Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food
The journal Food Security had its origins in an address given by the Nobel Peace Laureate, Norman Borlaug, to the International Society for Plant Pathology's 7th International Congress of Plant Pathology in 1998. This is recalled by Dr Borlaug in his introductory contribution to the first issue: it commends plant pathologists for taking a lead in the battle for food security by initiating this journal with its topical title and with the breadth of coverage indicated by its subtitle.
In brief, 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. These may be considered under the following broad headings:
- Global food potential
- Natural constraints: Climate, desertification, water supply, flooding, natural disasters, soil inadequacies and soil degradation
- Biotic constraints: Plant and animal diseases, weeds, poor husbandry
- Nutrition, food quality and food safety
- Socio-political constraints: Land, agriculture and food policy, international relations and trade, access to food, financial policy and food security, wars and ethnic unrest
The journal will cover 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, but not duplicating the coverage of specialised journals that focus more narrowly on these disciplines.