Special Issue "Food Security and Sustainable Rural Development: Exploiting Potential Functional Foods with High Health-Impact as an Example of Biodiversity Integration and Conservation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.
Interests: food security; nutritional quality and biodiversity integration; food by-products and re-use strategies; sustainable food waste valorization; food chemistry and green extraction; agrobiodiversity; biodiversity conservation; sustainable rural development; food–health relationships in sustainable agro-food systems
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Special Issue in Foods: Plant Foods and Underutilized Fruits as Source of Functional Food Ingredients: Chemical Composition, Quality Traits, and Biological Properties
Special Issue in Foods: Screening, Identification, and Quantification of Nutritional Components and Phytochemicals in Foodstuffs
Special Issue in Sustainability: Green Extraction Technologies and Analytical Strategies for Sustainable Food By-Products Valorisation: Food-Health Relationships in Sustainable Agro-Food Systems
Food security and sustainable rural development are the main challenges for the next years: In particular, energy, malnutrition in children, and micronutrient deficiencies (e.g., vitamin deficiency and nutritional anemias) are important public health issues influencing productivity, maternal/infant health, and intellectual development in some rural areas, despite an abundance of often underexploited plant species, grown in seminatural conditions, with high health-promoting properties thanks to their bioactive compound composition.
The characterization of potential innovative functional foods and their nutritional and nutraceutical traits could be an example of biodiversity integration and conservation in order to valorize a food production and to raise income for the population and the agro-food industry. The advances in food production can be important in poverty reduction and deserve greater attention in sustainable rural development: It is necessary to link the evidence of poverty impact to simple policy recommendations in order to potentially integrate the promotion of local food products into national-level planning.
Finally, further benefits of this approach could include the potential for a better nutrition, maintenance of biodiversity, and environmentally sustainable food systems.
Dr. Dario Donno
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- health-promoting food products
- phytochemical composition
- biodiversity conservation
- environmentally sustainable agro-food systems
- rural development