Special Issue "Examining Linkages among Food Insecurity, Food Systems, and Public Health"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutrition and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Alexandra E. van den Berg
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Guest Editor
UTHealth School of Public Health, Austin Campus, Austin, TX, USA
Interests: food insecurity; healthy food access; health disparities; sustainable food systems; social determinants of health
Dr. Kathryn M. Janda
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Guest Editor
UTHealth School of Public Health, Austin Campus, Austin, TX, USA
Interests: food insecurity; healthy food access; health disparities; mixed methods; geospatial analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food insecurity is a key social determinant of health, co-existing with multiple markers of poverty and associated with a variety of diet-related chronic conditions. Although the prevalence of food insecurity has declined slowly over the previous decade, there were sharp increases during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the percentage of people in the world affected by hunger increasing from 8.4 percent in 2019 to 9.9 percent in 2020, which translates to an estimated 768 million people. Certain population groups are at greater risk for becoming food insecure and more research focused on examining the causes and consequences of food insecurity are warranted. In addition, the food system has a direct impact on food insecurity and there is a need for more research to examine this relationship and ways to create more sustainable food systems in order to ensure future food security. For this Special Issue, we invite research manuscripts that: 1) examine risk factors for food insecurity, 2) explore the influence of food insecurity on nutrition related behaviors and other health behaviors, 3) evaluate the impact of interventions focused on reducing food insecurity, and 4) examine the relationships among food systems, food security, and public health.

Prof. Dr. Alexandra E. van den Berg
Dr. Kathryn M. Janda
Guest Editors

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. Nutrients is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2600 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.


  • food insecurity
  • nutrition security
  • food systems, diet quality
  • food purchasing behaviors
  • food consumption patterns
  • sustainability
  • impact
  • interventions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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