Special Issue "Agricultural Food Security and Economic Analysis"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Wojciech J. Florkowski
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Georgia, Griffin, GA 30223-1797, USA
Interests: food insecurity of rural and urban households; food loss prevention and reduction through storage; effects of climate change and weather events on food security; seed and other inputs in relation to productivity; dietary preferences and safety; preservation of food quality; protection of family farm; sustainable farming practices and food security; advisory service role in food security enhancement; food distribution system and food security; policies hampering and enhancing food security

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food security is a multifaceted issue that continues to receive much attention from researchers across the world. Food security affects rural and urban households, whether engaged in raising food or not. Among those affected are family farmers whose efforts are challenged by issues such as weather events, climate change, poor storage, input markets, lack of accurate price signals, and sales contract enforcement failure, to name a few. Furthermore, among farming households facing food insecurity are not only the ultra-poor subsistence farmers but those who participate in market exchanges, at least seasonally. Education, experience, access to extension services and current knowledge, and division of responsibilities within a family farm household also may influence household food security. The recent global COVID-19 pandemic has become a potential source of food insecurity to farm households that did not experience food shortage in the past. Those and related topics are of interest to this issue of Agriculture.

This Special Issue invites submissions addressing these and other issues shaping food security across the world’s farms and farming communities. Food security includes food loss and food waste interpreted as unintended outcomes (FAO, 2019). The ability to raise food but a failure to protect it may be exacerbated by poor storage that has been understudied in the context of food security and transportation, causing quality changes leading to loss and food insecurity. The choice of crops, farming technique, and household labor resources are increasingly important because of unpredictable weather patterns from one growing season to another. The persistence of shifting weather patterns over time requires an ability to adapt, including raising new crops and acceptance of their use in farm household members’ diet. Empirical studies applying rigorous methods to examine such circumstances are encouraged, focusing on economic aspects and farmer decision-making using micro-level data.

Prof. Dr. Wojciech J. Florkowski
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Food insecurity
  • Food loss
  • Climate change
  • Family farm
  • Sustainability
  • Diet quality
  • Agricultural productivity
  • Safety
  • Policy
  • Distribution

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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