Special Issue "Land and Food Policy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 August 2016)
Land-use change could potentially interrupt progress toward a world without hunger. A robust and coherent global pattern is discernible from the impacts of land use change on crop productivity, which could have consequences on food security. The sustainability of food systems may be at risk under land-use changes. Nevertheless, potential impacts are more controllable in areas where the rights to land are realized and secured. On the contrary, it is likely that land-use changes exacerbate food insecurity where the law is complicated, fickle, or outdated, and decision-making processes are not transparent and civil society is poor. Likewise, it can be anticipated that food security will directly and indirectly be affected by good or weak land governance.
This Special Issue invites papers that address land and food policies and other relevant aspects. All types of scientific contributions including empirical studies and critical reviews are welcome for publication.
Dr. Hossein Azadi
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- Land use policy
- Land use change
- Land governance
- Sustainable land use management
- Food policy
- Food security
- Sustainable food production systems
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Author: Yves van Leynseele; Nicky R.M. Pouw
Affiliation: Governance and Inclusive Development, University of Amsterdam Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Abstract: Intensification of agriculture remains a key focus of international development collaboration in Sub-Saharan Africa. Recent interventions in Kenya to promote value chain participation of producers integrate concerns for environmental sustainability and trade-oriented development corporation. These approaches aim to overcome the overreliance on vertical value chain integration through emphasis on making producers responsible for knowledge sharing, doing integrated planning at landscape level and creating shared value through closing loops in circular economies. This paper elaborates the inclusive development framework as means for assessing ‘inclusiveness’ and potential outcomes of this novel approach. By focusing on two recent cases in Kenia where Dutch planning and development agencies facilitated value chain collaboration, it is argued that such initiatives face uncertainties due to overriding concerns to match private sector actors and potential investors to local producers. Such endeavours are framed within a pro-poor and growth oriented approach, that tends to neglect, side-step or postpone other inclusive development concerns. The framework of inclusive development provides a critical alternative for reassessing the integration of vertical and horizontal chain relations in a comprehensive manner.