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Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food.

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Global Food Security: background to the journal.

The enormity of the challenge
In areas of the world where incomes are low, the provision of adequate food for human consumption is far from secure. As a result, malnutrition still claims the lives of many, particularly the most vulnerable � 18,000 children every day according to one estimate. This is an appalling tragedy in the true sense of the word, as such misery is avoidable: but avoidance is seldom simple, as the scope of this journal demonstrates.
The journal 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 addressing that challenge. They form the journal's Advisory Board.
A broad response, coordinated by plant pathologists
This initiative is coordinated by ISPP and had its origins in a public forum at ICPP98 in Edinburgh, addressed by Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr Norman Borlaug. This resulted in the formation of ISPP's Task Force on Global Food Security. From discussions by the Task Force emerged the concept of a food security journal, shaped under the influence of the Advisory Board, as announced in the ISPP Newsletter in July 2007.
ISPP in partnership with Springer launch the journal Food Security
In June 2008, after discussions with a number of publishers and consideration of the best interests of the Society and its Members, ISPP signed a Publishing Agreement with Springer to publish a new journal:
Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food
The journal is owned in equal shares by ISPP and Springer. It will appear quarterly from the first quarter of 2009, in electronic and printed formats. The journal will be included in the lists of Springer journals available through Springer Developing Countries Initiatives such as AGORA, HINARI and OARE.

Members of ISPP and of its Associated Societies will be able to access the journal online at a cost of $45 US Dollars per calendar year, including individual Membership of ISPP.

Norman Borlaug commends the journal
Making the connection with its ISPP origins in 1998, Norman Borlaug prepared a contribution to the first issue commending the journal and the initiative of plant pathologists in developing it. It includes this passage:
"I said in 2005 that we will have to double the world food supply by 2050. Meanwhile the term food security has passed into ordinary vocabulary. In recent months, hardly a day passes without the media focusing on the availability of food, the price of food, food safety and so on, in a global context. It is therefore particularly timely that ISPP and Springer are launching, as a joint venture, this journal with its topical title and with the breadth of coverage indicated by its subtitle".
Aims and scope: beyond plant pathology, beyond plants, beyond agriculture ...
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. Thus Food Security includes reference to plant pathology, for example, but extends far beyond plants and indeed far beyond agriculture. There is no particular focus on plant pathology.
Proposed structure

From this perspective, the journal covers the following areas:


Global food potential


The mismatch between food supply and food demand


Abiotic constraints to food production and how these may be overcome


Climate change



Water supply


Natural disasters

Soil inadequacies

Soil degradation


Biotic constraints to food production and how these may be overcome

Plant diseases


Animal diseases


Inadequate plant husbandry methods

Inadequate animal husbandry methods

Crop biodiversity


Feed conversion into food of animal origin

Alternative foods

Aquaculture and fisheries and their impact on  food security



Food quality

Food safety



Socio-political constraints to food production and how these may be overcome in order to provide access to adequate diets for all

International relations


Land policy

Agricultural policy

Agricultural research policy

Agricultural capacity building


Agricultural economics

Agricultural statistics

Food policy


Access to food

Assessment of food insecurity

Financial policies affecting food security

The geography of food insecurity

Ethnic unrest



Health in relation to food security




Other diseases

Other factors adversely affecting health and therefore food production or access to food


Humanitarian Policy and Practice

Food security programming

Food assistance

Complex emergencies

Human rights

Social capital


Advisory Board

Pamela Anderson, Director General, International Potato Center, Lima, Peru
Joachim von Braun
, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
Paul Collier
, Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, UK 
Ian Crute
, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, UK 
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 ISPP, Integrated Plant Disease Management, Turin University, Italy
Modadugu Gupta
, World Food Prize Laureate, World Fish Center, Malaysia
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

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

Editorial Board
Senior Editors

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

Associate Editors

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
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
Andy Nelson, Twente University, Enschede, 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

Book Review Editor
Macolm Blackie , University of East Anglia

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Further information

Serge Savary, Editor-in-Chief, E-mail:  

Publisher's contact

Melinda Paul, Publishing Editor at Springer, E-mail: