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Special Issue "Gaps and Opportunities in Addressing Food Insecurity under the Sustainable Development Framework"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Food".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Antonis Vlassopoulos
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Guest Editor
Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, 11855, Greece
Interests: obesity; nutrient profiling; reformulation; food supply; nutrition policy; Mediterranean diet; food processing; glycation; food composition
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Dr. Olga Malisova
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Guest Editor
Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, 11855, Greece
Interests: hydration; vulnerable populations; school lunches; child nutrition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The United Nations has put 2030 as the target to end hunger and all forms of food insecurity. To achieve that, countries have been prompted to intensify the assessment of food insecurity prevalence and design actions across the food supply chain to ensure access to sufficient and healthy food for all. Assessing acute hunger and milder forms of food insecurity, building resilient food systems, reducing food waste, and ensuring easy access to food by connecting local producers to potential buyers are among some of the actions needed to avert a humanitarian crisis and continue to progress towards that 2030 target. This Special Issue invites contributions in the field of food insecurity and sustainability. Studies in assessing the nutritional gap of at-risk populations (immigrants, correctional facilities, institutionalized populations), studies in the field of food waste reduction, food by-product utilization as a functional ingredient, intervention studies, and studies/perspectives on the creation of new food systems as welcome. As the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the role of emergency situations in ensuring food security, we would also like to invite papers on this topic.

Dr. Antonis Vlassopoulos
Dr. Olga Malisova
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • food security
  • sustainable development
  • nutrition

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Healthy Diet Assistance for the Most Deprived in Post-Crisis Greece: An Evaluation of the State Food Provision Program
Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 99; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010099 - 24 Dec 2020
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In 2016, the European Union set up the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) as its first structured food provision program to combat food insecurity. Computational analysis and a cross-sectional survey took place from January 2016 to June 2018 to [...] Read more.
In 2016, the European Union set up the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) as its first structured food provision program to combat food insecurity. Computational analysis and a cross-sectional survey took place from January 2016 to June 2018 to calculate FEAD’s contribution to its beneficiaries’ diets and to collect beneficiary satisfaction data. Dairy, fresh meat, legumes, sugar, olive oil, and tomato concentrate were the most commonly procured items. The program’s contribution to vegetable, dairy, and grains intake was 3.4%, 6.1%, and 6.0%, respectively, as opposed to discretionary calories (12.2%) and fats/oils (24.5%). The program’s algorithm greatly favors (almost 3-fold) single-person applications, compared with applications with four or more people. Beneficiaries valued each food provision at 21.23 ± 23.4 euros, which, for 64.4% of them, translated to a high positive impact on the household budget. FEAD had a highly positive impact on feelings of anxiety and security, for 50.7% and 41.6% of its beneficiaries. Satisfaction with the foods provided was also high for ~70% of the beneficiaries. The program is met with high beneficiary satisfaction and is perceived as a substantial assistance. Increases in the amounts and variety of foods delivered, with a focus on fruit, vegetables, and fish, should be considered to further improve the program’s dietary impact. Full article
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Evaluation of Factors Influencing the Inclusion of Indigenous Plants for Food Security among Rural Households in the North West Province of South Africa
Sustainability 2020, 12(22), 9562; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229562 - 17 Nov 2020
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Underutilised indigenous plants can support and strengthen the existing food system, as they are considered as socio-economically and environmentally appropriate. These plants generally adapt to marginal conditions, which is essential for a resilient agriculture and sustainable food systems. The current study relied on [...] Read more.
Underutilised indigenous plants can support and strengthen the existing food system, as they are considered as socio-economically and environmentally appropriate. These plants generally adapt to marginal conditions, which is essential for a resilient agriculture and sustainable food systems. The current study relied on food security and indigenous plants data collected from some selected rural households from the North West Province of South Africa. The utilised data were collected through a multi-stage sampling technique with the aid of a pre-tested semi-structured questionnaire, while descriptive methods Foster–Greer–Thorbecke (FGT) and binary logistic regression were used for data analysis. The models produced a good fit for the data, and the computed F-value was statistically significant (p < 0.01). The study examined socio-economic and food security status based on the knowledge and the perception of indigenous plants by the households. The incidence of food insecurity (θ0) was 0.4060, indicating that 40.6% of the participants were food insecure while 59.4% were food secured. Binary logistic regression results indicate that factors such as age, gender, educational attainment, inclusion of indigenous plants in diet, food expenditure, and access in the study area impacted results. It was also evident that the participants had considerable knowledge of indigenous plants. However, these indigenous plants were not cultivated or included in the diet by the majority of the participants. The formulation of appropriate holistic policies that support the incorporation of the indigenous plants into the food system is recommended. Full article
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