CFP: Transformations of Global Food Systems: Food Security, Nutrition, and Health


Transformations of Global Food Systems for Climate Change Resilience: Addressing Food Security, Nutrition, and Health

Editors: Preety Gadhoke, PhD, MPH (St. John’s University), Barrett P. Brenton, PhD (Binghamton University), and Solomon Katz, PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
Due Date: May 31, 2019

In response to the 2018 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) call to action, we are seeking contributions for book chapter proposals that speak to the unique role of anthropologists in taking a global collaborative, interdisciplinary response to addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to eliminate global hunger and poverty crises and achieve good health and wellbeing for all. After a decade of improvements in food security, hunger, and undernutrition, there is an alarming rise in hunger among global populations living in poverty. Weather cycles, climate change, internal conflicts, and forced migrations exacerbate food insecurity and hunger, subsequently lead to allostatic stress, anxiety, depression, and social alienation, on the one hand; and disordered eating patterns as well as inadequate infant and child feeding, on the other hand. This complex pathway of food consumption patterns leads to a double burden of undernutrition and overweight/obesity, increasing the risk of diet-related stunting and wasting in children, as well as an increased risk of non-communicable chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These food insecurity-health disparity synergisms can have long-term consequences, especially for women and children, across their lifespan and for future generations.
We request case studies on climate change resilience frameworks for nutrition-focused transformations of agriculture and food systems for food security and health of populations living in vulnerable conditions. Volume contributors are asked to address the local challenges that these ongoing food system transformations present from diverse cultural contexts and geographical areas. Chapters will illustrate forms of resistance, resilience, and adaptations of local food systems to climate change. Consideration will be given to research on: 1) enhancing food sovereignty for rural and urban underserved populations; 2) improving locally contextualized definitions and measurements of food security and hunger; 3) informing public health programs and policies for population health and nutrition; and 4) facilitating public and policy discourse on sustainable futures for community health and nutrition in the face of climate change.

Please submit a 200-word abstract outlining your proposed chapter and a brief 100-word biosketch per author by May 31, 2019 to:

Preety Gadhoke, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Global Health
St. John’s University