This section publishes research on the synergies and trade-offs between the hydrological environment and food production, considering the ecological as well as the socio-economic framework. This section welcomes contributions that push the frontiers of knowledge in or across the various water use and water management disciplines to address the current challenges in sustainably managing water resources for food production.
Water-Smart Food Production, a specialty section of Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, publishes original, peer reviewed research on the sustainable management of water resources for food production. Improved understanding of hydrological conditions under a changing climate, advances in irrigation efficiency, water-smart food innovations, aquaculture and sustainable water management are key components for increasing food production and food security to feed over 9 billion people in 2050. To deliver on this scale sustainably, it is necessary to understand the synergies and trade-offs between the hydrological environment and food production, considering the ecological as well as the socio-economic framework.
The Water-Smart Food Production section welcomes high quality and original contributions that push the frontiers of knowledge in or across the various water use and water management disciplines, and design innovative approaches for use of existing and new knowledge to address the formidable challenges that societies are facing to sustainably manage water resources. The scope encompasses the assessment, use and management of water resources to increase the economic, ecologic and social benefits derived from various ecosystem services. This includes agricultural and horticultural production, aquaculture, rural livelihoods, food and water security, food and water safety, crop-water relations, water productivity, water-efficient alternative protein sources such as insect farming and cellular agriculture, use of treated waste-water, maintenance of water quantity and quality, prevention of soil erosion and floods, food utilization, biodiversity preservation, and adaptation and creation of resilience towards global change. These studies will help farmers, consumers, industries and policymakers to choose and apply better technologies and methodologies, as well as assist in the development of strategies for improved water resources management at various scales.
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Water-Smart Food Production welcomes submissions of the following article types: 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 Water-Smart Food Production, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Water-Smart Food Production 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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