Call for papers is on Sustainable Food Systems and Diets - Deadline: 1 June 2019

The Global Food Security Journal is calling for papers on sustainable diets and food systems to help further the discussions and debate. Manuscript submissions could include sub-topics that cut across multiple spatial and time scales from global to local, that involve multiple demographic populations living in different environments (i.e. urban or rural), and that highlight multiple entry points across food systems (i.e. the middle of the value chain). Issues of equity, gender, economics, and behavioral economics, which the Commission report did not cover, will be considered.
Manuscript ideas or abstracts can be submitted to Editor-in-Chief, Jess Fanzo at jfanzo1@jhu.edu. Manuscripts should be a maximum of 4,000 words and should be framed as state-of-the-art reviews, perspectives opinions and debates that synthesize, extend or critique the potential of the achieving sustainable diets and food systems.

Call for Papers on “new technologies for food security and nutrition in the 21st century” - Deadline: 1 August 2019

Manuscript submissions should include the exploration, use, benefits and potential challenges of game-changing technologies that will transform food supply chains, consumer access to food, and even, utilization of foods across a range of high-, middle- and low-income countries. Technologies and innovation could cover artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, intelligent sensors, digital agriculture and nutrition tools, plant and nutri genomics (i.e. personalized nutrition), food tracking and tracing technologies, vertical farming and “agritechture,” bioeconomy, consumer apps and technology in improving access including acceptance, distribution, and shopping (ie walk in walk out technology and driver-less technology), smart phone food image recognition, microbiomics (soils, crops, animals and humans), and lab grown meats and alternative proteins to name just a few.
Manuscript ideas or abstracts can be submitted to Editor-in-Chief, Jess Fanzo at jfanzo1@jhu.edu. Manuscripts should be a maximum of 4,000 words, and should be framed as state of the art reviews of the new technology or perspectives opinions and debates that synthesize, extend or critique the potential of the technologies.

The Global Report is produced each year by the Global Network Against Food Crises, which is made up of international humanitarian and development partners. This year's report is being presented at a two-day high-level event, ‘Food and agriculture in times of crisis' (2-3 April 2019, Brussels), and will look at innovative approaches and solutions for preventing and addressing food crises, plus a roadmap for joint future action.

For more key findings from the report, see the Global Report fact sheet.

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Around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, compared to 124 million in 2017. However, the number of people in the world facing food crises has remained well over 100 million in the last three years, and the number of countries affected has risen. Moreover, an additional 143 million people in another 42 countries are just one step away from facing acute hunger.
Nearly two-thirds of those facing acute hunger are in just 8 countries
: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. In 17 countries, acute hunger either remained the same or increased. Climate and natural disasters pushed another 29 million people into acute food insecurity in 2018. And 13 countries - including North Korea and Venezuela - are not in the analysis because of data gaps.

The report's findings are a powerful call for strengthened cooperation that links together prevention, preparedness and response to address urgent humanitarian needs and root causes, which include climate change, economic shocks, conflict and displacement. It further highlights the need for a unified approach and action across the humanitarian and development dimensions of food crises, and for more investment in conflict mitigation and sustainable peace.

The Global Report is produced each year by the Global Network Against Food Crises, which is made up of international humanitarian and development partners. This year's report is being presented at a two-day high-level event, ‘Food and agriculture in times of crisis' (2-3 April 2019, Brussels), and will look at innovative approaches and solutions for preventing and addressing food crises, plus a roadmap for joint future action.

For more key findings from the report, see the Global Report fact sheet.

Full report

"Access to clean water and sanitation is essential for life, and it is the basis for maintaining a healthy life and helping millions of people out of poverty and hunger," Graziano da Silva wrote in a letter to the pontiff on 1 April.
The Global Report on Food Crises 2019 presented today jointly by the European Union, FAO, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) finds that around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, compared to 124 million in 2017.

2-3 April, 2019
Geneva, Switzerland

This two-day conference will look at the progress made on SDG 10, which calls for reduced inequalities. The outcomes from this conference will be used as inputs in preparation for the UN High Level Political Forum on empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality to be held in July 2019.

This event will take stock of the progress toward achieving SDG 10 and will particularly focus on issues related to within-country inequalities. Participants will share knowledge about success stories, good practices, and challenges, and identify areas of concern. The meeting, jointly organized by the World Bank and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), will help inform the 2019 UN High Level Political Forum to be held in July and serve to influence collaboration and programmes on inequality going forward from 2019.

Agenda of the meeting

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