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Call for papers for Special Issue on Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition
Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition

Deadline for submission: 17 February 2017

In the advent of a global population that is estimated to reach nine to ten billion by 2050, agricultural and food systems must adapt to meet its ever-growing needs. Adaptation entails the sustainable management of land and water resources, while simultaneously increasing agricultural production and ensuring that the nutritional needs of all people are met. Investment in agricultural research, technology development, and cooperation at the local, regional, national and international levels will be essential in meeting these needs.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, include SDG 2, which calls upon countries to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030. An inclusive intergovernmental dialogue on SDG 2 will take place at the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, to be held in July 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. In support of the work being undertaken by the global community around SDG 2 to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, sustainably increase agricultural production and ensure sustainable food systems, the Natural Resources Forum (NRF) calls for papers for a Special Issue on Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition, to be published in November 2017.

Articles submitted for this special NRF issue should focus on applied research and case studies that strengthen the science-policy interface. The editorial team will give priority to articles that address food security and nutrition, highlight sustainable agricultural practices, showcase good and best practices, analyse relevant indicators, and contribute to shared knowledge on sustainable food production systems. The NRF editorial team also invites the submission of research and discussion papers on local, regional, national and international practices and initiatives that have proven successful and demonstrated replicability, and are relevant to any of the targets under SDG 2. These include: a) ending hunger and ensuring access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round; b) ending all forms of malnutrition; c) doubling the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers; d) ensuring sustainable food production systems and implementing resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, help maintain ecosystems, strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and progressively improve land and soil quality; e) maintaining the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, and promoting access to fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge; f) increasing investment in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productive capacity in developing countries; g) correcting and preventing trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets; and h) adopting measures to ensure the proper functioning of food commodity markets and their derivatives and facilitating timely access to market information.

Articles should contain original material and should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length. Contributions to the journal are accepted at the NRF manuscript submission site at:

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