Special Issue "Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems in Changing Environments"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Assoc. Prof. Andrei Jean Vasile
Prof. Dr. Ignacio De los Ríos Carmenado
Director Cátedra Bancos de Alimentos, Universidad Politécnica De Madrid, GESPLAN Research Group. Planning and Management of Sustainable Rural-Local Development. Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, 28040, Spain
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Interests: sustainable development, green economics and investments, energy, production structures
Responsible investment in agriculture and food systems is essential for enhancing food security and nutrition and supporting the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security. Responsible investment makes a significant contribution to enhancing sustainable livelihoods, particularly for smallholders and members of marginalized and vulnerable groups, creating decent work for all agricultural and food workers, eradicating poverty, fostering social and gender equality, promoting social participation and inclusiveness, increasing economic growth, and therefore achieving green development.
Agriculture and food systems encompass the entire range of activities involved in the production, processing, marketing, retail, consumption, and disposal of goods that originate from agriculture, including food and non-food products, livestock, pastoralism, fisheries including aquaculture, and forestry; and the inputs needed and the outputs generated at each of these steps. Food systems also involve a wide range of stakeholders, people, and institutions, as well as the socio-political, economic, technological, and natural environment in which these activities take place.
Addressing the four dimensions of food security and nutrition—availability, access, stability, and utilization—requires a significant increase in responsible investment in agriculture and food systems. Responsible investment in agriculture and food systems refers to the creation of productive assets and capital formation, which may comprise physical, human, or intangible capital.
Investing in agriculture and food systems can produce multiplier effects for complementary sectors, such as service or manufacturing industries, thus further contributing to food security and nutrition and overall economic development. Without accompanying investments in public goods and services, such as infrastructure or a reinforced capacity for local government to deliver public services, many investments in agriculture and food systems would not be possible.
The viability of investments in agriculture and food systems is also dependent on well-functioning ecosystems and sustainable use of natural resources. The value of safety and health in generating productive agriculture and food systems is important and investing successfully means taking a holistic approach in terms of human, animal, environmental, and overall public health. Responsible investment entails respect for gender equality, age, and non-discrimination and requires reliable, coherent transparent law and regulations.
The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provide added value through a multi-stakeholder, holistic, and consensus-driven approach, which fosters global ownership and application.
This Special Issue aims to discuss strategy frameworks from a responsible investment in agriculture and food systems perspective, and from overall sustainable economic development.
Assoc. Prof. Andrei Jean Vasile
Prof. Dr. Ignacio de los Ríos Carmenado
Prof. Dr. Drago Cvijanovic
Assoc. Prof. Teodor Sedlarski
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- Agricultural investments
- Agricultural systems
- Conservation agriculture
- Ecological agriculture
- Ecological intensification
- Environmental influences on production and products
- Food systems
- Responsible investment
- Sustainable agriculture
- Ecological/Organic agriculture
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