This section welcomes high-quality and original contributions from across disciplines that untangle the complex linkages between land use change, livelihoods, environment and food security and can contribute to design solutions for sustainable land and food systems.
Land, Livelihoods & Food Security, a specialty section of Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, publishes original, peer reviewed research on the relationships between land use change, livelihoods and food security.
Land is a major foundation of our food systems and most land use changes are associated with either increases in food production or other land-based commodities. There is thus immense pressure on land resources to provide food systems with the raw materials that are essential for livelihoods and food security at local to global level. Land use changes can have positive or negative effects on livelihoods and food security and changes in livelihoods can also affect land use. Yet, land use changes also affect environmental dynamics, with multiple synergies and trade-offs between livelihoods and ecosystem services. The linkages between land use change, livelihoods, environment and food security thus constitute complex systems with multiple sub-components, requiring interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.
The Land, Livelihoods and Food Security section welcomes high quality and original contributions from across disciplines, especially interdisciplinary analyses that untangle the complex linkages between these essential elements and can contribute to design solutions for sustainable land and food systems. Studies may address local to global scales and can be empirical, theoretical or both. Of particular interest are innovative approaches to holistic analysis of land, livelihood and food systems, such as telecoupled land systems, global production networks, land system trade-off and synergies analysis, governance of land and food systems including access to land, rural-urban connectivity, and impacts of land and food system change on environment and human well-being.
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Land, Livelihoods and Food Security welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Case Report, Data Report, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Protocols, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Systematic Review and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Land, Livelihoods and Food Security, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Land, Livelihoods and Food Security will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Sustainable Food Systems.
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