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Food security and food systems

Call for Papers

New Content ItemCurrent estimates show that nearly 690 million people are hungry. Sustainable development goal 2 (SDG2) seeks sustainable solutions to end hunger in all its forms by 2030 and to achieve food security. The COVID-19 pandemic has had major adverse effects on the food and agricultural sector and, if current trends continue, the end of 2020 could see an additional 130 million people at risk of suffering acute hunger. In support of SDG2 and in preparation of the UN Food System Summit taking place in September 2021 and its aspirations, BMC Public Health has launched this collection which welcomes submissions that contribute to our understanding towards achieving the provision of access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to all people.

We call upon aNew Content Itemuthors to consider how we can change the ways in which food systems operate and encourage submissions including but not limited to those which: 

• Provide strategies for the implementation of new policies and practices in relation to the condition of food and nutritional security

• Understand the challenges of achieving food security globally

• Understand the factors that obstruct access to healthy diets

• Assess the health implications of food insecurity

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process overseen by our Guest Editors, Prof Sheryl Hendriks (University of Pretoria), Dr Hirotsugu Aiga (Nagasaki University) and Dr Tarra Penney (York University).

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for BMC Public Health.

Data sets and descriptions relevant to the collection will be considered in BMC Research Notes as Data Notes. You can find out more about this article type here. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.

Meet the Guest Editors

Sheryl L Hendriks

New Content ItemSheryl L Hendriks is Professor and Head of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development. She is a food security policy expert with extensive experience in policy analysis and programme design. Her research and teaching focuses on food security and nutrition policy analysis and monitoring and evaluation of food security at the household, national and global information system level. She is actively engaged in high-level global food security policy think tanks and panels. She is a member of the Montpellier Malabo Panel and the Scientific Group for the 2021 World Food Systems Summit. Contact here

Hirotsugu Aiga

New Content ItemHirotsugu Aiga is a Professor at the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University, Japan. Over three decades, he has been committed to addressing global health issues in both development and emergency settings at the World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP), International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). His research interests include food security and nutrition, health system strengthening, neglected tropical diseases, and humanitarian emergency. Contact here

Tarra L Penney

New Content ItemTarra L Penney, PhD is an assistant professor of global food, systems and policy in the School of Global Health, an investigator with the Global Strategy Lab, a member of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York University and previously a research associate at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, UK. She has worked with national and international organisations in the area of food system transition including Cambridge Global Food Security, an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Cambridge, the Global Food Security Programme in London, UK and the WHO European office.

Dr Penney’s program of research focuses on examining the impact of globalization on human and planetary health through studying the complex consequences of national policies implemented within political, social and commercial systems.  She uses systems thinking and draws on multiple methods from epidemiology, social and political science to evaluate national policy and explore opportunities within the commercial sector to transition toward healthy, sustainable and equitable food systems and the prevention of both communicable and non-communicable disease. Contact here

  1. To achieve zero hunger targets set within the United Nations’ Agenda 2030, high-income countries such as Australia must reconsider current efforts to improve food security. This study aimed to; explore perspec...

    Authors: Stephanie L. Godrich, Liza Barbour and Rebecca Lindberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1132

    Content type: Research

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