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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
David Ingram
, Honorary Professor, Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, UK
Osamu Ito
, Director, Crop Production and Environment Division, JIRCAS, Japan
Gurdev Khush
, World Food Prize Laureate, University of California Davis, USA
Harry Kuiper
, Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen, Netherlands
Hosny El Lakany
, Former Assistant Director-General FAO, University of BC, Canada 
Rattan Lal
, Professor of Soil Science, Ohio State University, USA 
Kanayo Nwanze
, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Italy
Gabrielle Persley
, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya 
Per Pinstrup-Andersen
, World Food Prize Laureate, Cornell University, USA
Pedro Sanchez
, World Food Prize Laureate, Columbia University, Palisades, USA
Peter Scott
, CABI Head Office, Oxfordshire, UK
Carlos Ser�
, Director General, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
Prakash Shetty
, Professor of Public Health Nutrition, University of Southampton, UK

Richard Strange
Honorary Professor, University College London
Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London Email:
Editorial Board
Ousmane Badiane, Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
Ezzedine Boutrif
, Director, Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division, FAO, Rome, Italy
Jennifer Coates
, Tufts University, Boston, USA
Declan Conway
, University of East Anglia, UK
Ian Crute
, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, UK
Stephen Devereux, University of Sussex, UK
Madan Dey
, University of Arkansas, USA
Aliou Diagne
, WARDA/ADRAO, C'te d'Ivoire Salvatore Di Falco, London School of Economics, UK
Salvatore di Falco, London School of Economics, UK
William Erskine, CLIMA, Univesity of Wetern Australia, Australia
Pablo Eyzaguirre, Biodiversity International, Rome, Italy
Jessica Fanzo
, Earth Institute of Columbia University, New York, USA
Bruce Fitt
, Rothamsted Research, UK
Emma Frow, University of Edinburgh, UK
Rex Galbraith, University College London, UK
Laxmipathi Gowda
, ICRISAT, India
Jonathan Gressel
, Weizmann Institute, Israel
Benjamin Groom
, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
Peter Hazell
, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
David Ingram
, University of Edinburgh, UK
Michiel Keyzer, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Harry Kuiper
, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Rattan Lal
, Ohio State University, USA
Mark Nord
, Economic Research Service, USDA, USA
Rajul Pandya-Lorch
, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
Dov Prusky
, Agricultural Research Organization, Israel
Roseline Remans
, Columbia University, New York, USA
Paul Richards
, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Peter Scott
, CABI Head Office, UK
Lindsay Stringer
, University of Leeds, UK
Maurizio Vurro
, Istituto di Scienze delle Produzioni Alimentari, Bari, Italy
Stephen Waddington
, Consultant, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Book Review Editor
David Ingram, Honorary Professor, Universities of Lancaster, Edinburgh and Glasgow, UK

Online Manuscript Submission


Manuscripts should be submitted to

For full details on the preparation of manuscripts please refer to the Instructions to Authors also available on the website.

Further information

Richard Strange, Editor-in-Chief, E-mail:  

Publisher's contact

Zuzana Bernhart, Senior Publishing Editor at Springer, E-mail: