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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Impact on Nutrition

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030. They provide a shared blueprint which calls for a global partnership that ranges from reducing global poverty and hunger, to tackling climate change and preserving the environment. Each SDG has ...

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030. They provide a shared blueprint which calls for a global partnership that ranges from reducing global poverty and hunger, to tackling climate change and preserving the environment. Each SDG has been constructed so that improvements can be assessed both individually and synergistically, thus each single SDG builds upon the others. For example, SDGs 2 and 3, focusing on ‘no hunger’ and ‘good health and well-being’, must be comprehensive with SDG 5 ‘gender inequality’ and SDG 12 ‘responsible consumption and production’. The subject of nutrition is highly complex and requires an incorporation of the SDGs that is both elaborate and highly structured. It seems timely and appropriate, therefore, to review and critically analyze the SDGs and their targets as they pertain to the field of nutrition.

This Research Topic aims to explore the intricate relationships between nutrition and the SDGs through a variety of different lenses. The themes of this Research Topic range from basic and clinical nutrition, to food technology; from marketing and consumer behavior to management and economics; and from food nutrition and health policy to agriculture and climate sciences. This Research Topic requires that the final section of each contribution links its results and conclusions into the perspective of the SDGs.

Potential contributors are welcome to submit review or original research papers. Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following:

• Food, diets and nutrition: status and strategies; including burdens of malnutrition (i.e., undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency, obesity), nutrition knowledge, attitudes and behavior, interventions aimed at improving diets and nutrition (e.g. behavior change communication), food & nutrition security, biofortification, fortification and dietary diversification, and plant made pharmaceuticals.

• The emergence of agricultural and food technologies for nutrition: including new production, processing (e.g. 3D printing of food) and packaging technologies, mobile technology (e.g. e-money) and the role of big data and digital agriculture.

• Food systems for nutrition: including alternative sources of protein, preservation and storage of micronutrients, gender issues and the role of women, food and nutrition loss and waste and the impact of climate change on nutrition.

Cover image: graphic copyright of Sight and Life humanitarian nutrition think tank and used with the permission of Sight and Life.


Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals, Malnutrition, Sustainable Food Systems, Agricultural Technology, Consumer Behavior


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