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Transitioning to Zero Hunger

Book Series: Transitioning to Sustainability
Expected Date of Publication: Aug 2022
Open for submissions

In 2015, the United Nations decided to establish the goal of achieving “zero hunger” in the world by 2030 through “outcome targets” such as eliminating hunger and improving access to food, ending all forms of malnutrition, promoting sustainable and resilient agriculture, and maintaining genetic diversity in food production. As a result of this decision, strategies are under way in different countries around the world in the form of political, academic, development, and non-governmental organization projects and programs. Five years later, these strategies have certainly generated results that need to be documented and analyzed so as to answer the following questions: what are the progress and success stories in terms of policies, innovations, technologies, and approaches to reach the zero hunger goal? What are the constraints and mitigation strategies? Are we really in a phase of transition towards the zero hunger goal? What new directions do we need to consider to achieve this goal, particularly in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, which affects all sectors of development around the world? This book volume will be published within MDPI’s new open access book series entitled “Transitioning to Sustainability”. It welcomes contributions of empirical research, position pieces, and presentations of important research programs or stakeholder initiatives that cover any of the four “outcome targets” of the zero hunger goal. The contributions may come from academics, students, and policy makers of any region in the world and may be related to specific disciplines or be inter and/or transdisciplinary. They may cover areas including but not limited to sustainable improvement of food production, implementing sustainable food and farming systems, improving access to food, limiting malnutrition, limiting food loss and food waste and, finally, global analyses of the challenges of reaching zero hunger in relation to other sustainable development goals as well as success stories on projects, programmes or government initiatives.

Transitioning to Zero Hunger is part of MDPI's new Open Access book series Transitioning to Sustainability. With this series, MDPI pursues environmentally and socially relevant research which contributes to efforts toward a sustainable world. Transitioning to Sustainability aims to add to the conversation about regional and global sustainable development according to the 17 SDGs. Set to be published in 2020/2021, the book series is intended to reach beyond disciplinary, even academic boundaries. 

Open for Submissions

Submission Deadline: 31 Jan 2022

Suggested chapter content

  1. Resilient and productive farming: farming practices including crops and livestock production
  2. Agro-ecology and food security: benefits, limits and challenges
  3. Diversification of food: introduction of new species/cultivars, development of new cultivars
  4. Contribution of neglected food crops to food security: opportunities and challenges
  5. Food and farming systems to combat malnutrition
  6. Challenges for food security: climate change, plagues, man-made conflicts, pandemic
  7. Physical and economic access to food including social and cultural considerations
  8. Systems/approaches to limiting food loss and food waste
  9. Challenges for zero hunger (SDG 2): link with other SDGs
  10. Success stories on eliminating hunger: project/programme reports, government strategies

To check suitability, we ask authors to submit a short abstract in advance. The Abstract Submission Deadline is 30 June 2021. The Submission Deadline for Manuscripts is 31 January 2022. You may send your abstract/manuscript now or up until the deadline.

To submit your abstract, register and sign up in the MDPI Books submission system: http://mdpibooks.jams.pub/user/register.

  1. read the terms & conditions;
    2. use the Microsoft Word Template and the Manuscript Preparation Guideline to prepare your manuscript (provided by your Book Production Editor);
    3. make sure that issues about publication ethics, copyright, authorship, figure formats, data and references format have been appropriately considered;
    4. ensure that all authors have approved the content of the submitted manuscript.

Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

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