Special Issue "Agricultural Policy, Food Security, and Rural Development: Innovations and Perspectives"

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

Dr. Jessica Crowe
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Guest Editor
Department of Sociology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, USA
Interests: energy; environmental sociology; urban/community organization; economic development; social networks; food security; teaching and assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since World War II, agricultural production systems and food consumption have immensely changed. On one hand, agricultural research coupled with high-input, capital-intensive, and trade-based policies has greatly increased global farm productivity. However, serious questions have been raised about the sustainability of industrial agricultural and food systems, including the effect on food security and rural development. An estimated 800 million people across the world live in hunger, most of whom are smallholder farmers who depend on agriculture to earn a living and feed their families. Investing in smallholder farmers is important in feeding a population expected to grow to 9 billion people in the upcoming decades. Given the scarcity of natural resources, the world will need to be more efficient in becoming food secure.

This Special Issue seeks to contribute to the rural development and food security literature through innovative scientific and multidisciplinary knowledge. To that end, we invite authors to submit original work based on empirical, qualitative, and/or quantitative research, theoretical discussion, policy analysis or humanities-based inquiry. Of particular interest are papers that address the differential impact of agricultural and food-related institutions, technologies, policies, and practices on rural development, food security, democratic governance, and social equity.

Dr. Jessica Crowe
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • evaluation of rural development programs
  • rural community revitalization
  • food and agricultural systems
  • sustainability of industrial agriculture
  • food security
  • smart agriculture

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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