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Understanding Trade-Offs and Synergies within Climate-Smart Food Systems

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The limited availability of natural, financial and skilled human resources in the face of a burgeoning human population and the associated increased food needs, imply that the food system choices we make will always affect other systems depending on the same resources. Climate-smart food systems that aim to reconcile food security, agriculture and climate change, already dominate the discussion, yet the evidence base for their utility is still limited. An improved understanding of social, economic and environmental trade-offs and synergies associated with climate-smart food systems is vital for informing the targeting of investments aimed at avoiding unintended consequences and ensuring that resources are allocated in a manner that sustainably improves human well-being.

In this Research Topic, we welcome papers that increase our understanding of the trade-offs and synergies related to the design and implementation of climate-smart food systems or elements thereof. Articles can focus on, but are not limited to, trade-offs among productivity, social, economic, environmental and policy objectives related to:

• The supply and demand side of agro-food systems
• Climate smart agro-food systems in urban environments
• Technological and/or structural climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies
• Short-, medium- and long-term resilience of food systems
• Land-water-energy-nutrient nexus, food security (and safety) as well as direct and indirect greenhouse gas
emissions and budgets
• Soil carbon sequestration and reactive nitrogen dynamics
• Human diets and sustainable production systems
• Low-carbon circular economies and primary production
• Integrated assessments on the smartness of food systems for specific commodities
• Policies influencing the performance of climate-smart food systems, value chains and consumption
• Social impacts of climate-smart food systems at different scales


Keywords: Climate-Smart, Food Systems, Sustainability, Food Supply Chains, Climate Change


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The limited availability of natural, financial and skilled human resources in the face of a burgeoning human population and the associated increased food needs, imply that the food system choices we make will always affect other systems depending on the same resources. Climate-smart food systems that aim to reconcile food security, agriculture and climate change, already dominate the discussion, yet the evidence base for their utility is still limited. An improved understanding of social, economic and environmental trade-offs and synergies associated with climate-smart food systems is vital for informing the targeting of investments aimed at avoiding unintended consequences and ensuring that resources are allocated in a manner that sustainably improves human well-being.

In this Research Topic, we welcome papers that increase our understanding of the trade-offs and synergies related to the design and implementation of climate-smart food systems or elements thereof. Articles can focus on, but are not limited to, trade-offs among productivity, social, economic, environmental and policy objectives related to:

• The supply and demand side of agro-food systems
• Climate smart agro-food systems in urban environments
• Technological and/or structural climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies
• Short-, medium- and long-term resilience of food systems
• Land-water-energy-nutrient nexus, food security (and safety) as well as direct and indirect greenhouse gas
emissions and budgets
• Soil carbon sequestration and reactive nitrogen dynamics
• Human diets and sustainable production systems
• Low-carbon circular economies and primary production
• Integrated assessments on the smartness of food systems for specific commodities
• Policies influencing the performance of climate-smart food systems, value chains and consumption
• Social impacts of climate-smart food systems at different scales


Keywords: Climate-Smart, Food Systems, Sustainability, Food Supply Chains, Climate Change


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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16 November 2018 Manuscript
14 December 2018 Manuscript Extension

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14 December 2018 Manuscript Extension

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