Celebrating Agriculture & Food Security’s first birthday

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Last Friday marked the first anniversary of the launch of Agriculture & Food Security. To celebrate this important milestone in the journal’s history, an anniversary editorial has been published, describing the achievements of the last year, and reiterating the importance of research on this significant global issue.  

Following a highly successful launch event at BioVision Alexandria – of which a highlights video is now available online – Agriculture & Food Security has had a rewarding first year of publishing. Over the last year, a number of highly accessed articles by eminent scientists in the field have been published. Topping this list is Albert Sasson’s review on tackling the food insecurity crisis in Africa, which has had over 11,500 accesses since publication in April 2012. The next article, Beddington et al.’s article on the role of scientists in tackling food security and climate change has had over 11,100 accesses since publication in July 2012.

In addition to the high quality articles published in the journal to date, a supplement on the important topic of the establishment of agricultural biotechnology partnerships in Africa was published in November. This supplement was guest edited by Calestous Juma, and devised by the Sandra Rotman Centre.

Most recently, a new thematic series on ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’ has been completed, with an editorial from guest editor Ademola Braimoh of the World Bank. This series comprises several thought provoking articles following from the ‘Global Science Conference on Climate –Smart Agriculture’. More information regarding this series can be found in an earlier blog post.

Lead by the Editors-in-Chief, Malcolm Elliott, Molly Jahn and Magdy Madkour, Agriculture & Food Security has made excellent progress so far, and is well on its way to becoming the leading resource for researchers and policy makers with an interest in alleviating global food insecurity. Manuscripts can be submitted via the online submission system, and to keep up to date with the journal’s progress sign up for article alerts, or for more information contact the editorial office.