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JAFSCD calls for papers on Food System Planning and Value Chains

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The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development announces

Two SPECIAL TOPIC Calls for Papers

The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is the only
international, online, peer-reviewed journal focused on the practice and
applied research interests of agriculture and food systems development
professionals and scholars. For details about JAFSCD (ISSN 2152-0801 online, quarterly) and
author guidelines, visit www.AgDevJournal.com/submissions. Use our query form to submit a paper or concept for a paper.

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~ new announcement ~

Food System Planning Theory and Practice

Manuscripts are due April 20, 2011

Food Systems Planning is a nascent field in the planning profession. Until recently, planners have largely ignored the food production, distribution, and consumption sectors, considering them to be issues of the free market. However, bolstered by growing societal concerns about the equity and environmental sustainability of the global food system, planners are becoming increasingly engaged in local efforts to analyze and address food system challenges and opportunities.

In additional to planning professionals, food system planning is increasingly
practiced by architects, landscape architects, and a growing number of
nongovernmental organizations and public agencies. In this special topic focus,
we encourage practicing planners and other professionals who are engaged in
food system planning, as well as planning scholars and students, to submit
applied research–based papers such as case studies, surveys, focus groups and
the like as well as commentary and reflective essays on a wide range of topics.

Examples of topics include food deserts, swamps, and oases; siting of community gardens and public, farmers' and mobile markets,; development of food oases; innovations in emergency food assistance; retail access; regional planning and economic development related to farm and agribusiness retention and expansion; mapping of food distribution systems; farmland protection; metropolitan agriculture; food policy councils; or integrating food policy into state and federal agencies. As there is little attention paid to their work in the literature, rural planners are especially encouraged to submit manuscripts.

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The Essential Principles of Small- and Mid-Scale Food Value Chain Development

Manuscripts are due February 15, 2011

Food value chains (FVCs) are a hot topic among agriculture and food systems
development professionals. In FVCs, farmers and ranchers are treated as
strategic partners, not as interchangeable — and exploitable — input suppliers.
Values-based food supply chains (value chains) are strategic alliances between
farms, ranches, and other supply-chain partners who distribute rewards
equitably across the supply chain. They can include farm-to-institutions
(schools, hospitals, prisons), multiproducer processors and wholesalers,
multifarm CSAs, food hubs, food webs and networks, and the like. All partners
in these business alliances recognize that creating maximum value for the
product depends on significant interdependence, collaboration, and mutual
support. [1]

Papers can explore specific components within a chain (a farmer co-op or
association), interactions of two or more links in a chain (farmers,
wholesalers, processors, retailers, and eaters), or an entire chain. Examples

* Case studies of successful or failed FVC programs
* Research and education strategies that help build  resilient FVCs
* How are FVCs playing a role in rural development?
* The role of FVCs in increasingly multifunctional rural landscapes
* Systematic analyses of key differences between FVCs and traditional food
supply chains
* Local and global FVCs: influence of globalization on FVCs; should these be
accepted or mediated?
* Overview analysis of the values chain sector (comparisons or outcomes
across many cases)
* Implications of new food safety legislation on values chains
* Storage and transportation logistics
* Branding and geographical identity
* Performance and impact analysis
* Scaling up
* Building trust and transparency
* Business planning and/or record-keeping

[1] Adapted with permission from Stevenson, G. W., & Pirog, R. (2008).
Values-based supply chains: Strategies for agrifood enterprises of the middle.
In T. Lyson, G. W. Stevenson, & R. Welsh (Eds.), Food and the mid-level farm:
Renewing an agriculture of the middle. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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Open Call For Papers

The Journal welcomes articles at any time on any subject related to the
development aspects of agriculture and food systems. Content can focus on:

* conservation and farmland protection
* value-adding
* cooperative marketing
* value chains
* distribution
* farm labor
* market research
* consumer decision?making drivers, or
* other topics.

See more background on Journal subject areas at http://www.agdevjournal.com/jafscd-background.html. Authors are encouraged to submit applied research papers, commentary, and thought-provoking articles that inform the emerging field of agriculture and food systems development. Faculty and students, Extension and other educators, planners, consultants, staff with farm agencies and farm and community organizations, and farmers are invited to
submit material.

Now online: JAFSCD on special topic of Urban Agriculture at http://www.AgDevJournal.com/current-issue.html.
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