Each month the Elsevier Atlas Award recognizes research that could significantly ­impact people's lives around the world and align to the SDGs. This Elsevier Atlas Award winning research contributes to SDGs 2 (zero hunger) and 15 (life on land), linking forest loss to worsening child nutrition in 15 African nations.
A drone's eye view of a root crop planter, pulled by a tractor as it works in the field
This article explores how innovations can be used to advance goals 2 (zero hunger) and 12 (sustainable consumption and production). Nematicides - products for controlling soil-borne pests in root crops - are under threat of further regulation or withdrawal due to their toxicity. The Nematicide Stewardship Programme is demonstrating they can be used responsibly and safely to ensure their approval is maintained. But one farmer has taken it a step further by using technology to ensure his nematicide is applied accurately.
Most empirical research into Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) focus their studies on specific natural or social features and governing structures. This research approach looks into multi-use MPAs in the eelgrass restoration site in Japan. Findings from this research contribute directly to SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 2 (zero hunger).
Household methodologies (HHM) intervene directly in intra-household gender relations to strengthen overall smallholder agency and efficacy as economic agents and development actors. Strengthening women's agency is one mechanism for progressing towards collaborative, systemic farm management. It is expected this will contribute to improved farm resilience in the face of climate change, strengthen food and nutrition security, and improve other development indicators related to SDGs 2 and 5.
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Food Policy, Volume 75, February 2018, Pages 109-123.

This Elsevier Atlas Award winning research directly contributes to SDGs 2 (zero hunger) and 12 (responsible consumption and production). Commercial peer-to-peer mutualisation systems and sharing economies are explored as potential solutions to global food waste and food security concerns.
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Journal of World Business - Volume 53, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages 75-84

Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in land or, more critically, land grabbing have increasingly targeted developing countries with not yet clear implications for the food security of these countries. This study focuses on the investor’s country of origin and explores the interconnections between SDG 2 and SDG 12. It suggests that specific home institutional contexts can promote corporate pro-active responsible conducts helping expand the land used for crop production, and, thus, improve food security in the host developing country.
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Political Geography, Volume 62, January 2018, Pages 184-195. 

Directly contributing to SDGs 1 (No Poverty) and 2 (Zero Hunger), this Elsevier Atlas Award winning research examines the trends in famine over the last 150 years, focussing on the growing significance of political decision and military tactics in creating famine.
Huge amounts of food waste exist in the consumption stage in developed countries. The waste can be converted into safe, nutritious, and value-added livestock feeds. ReFeed can be a game changer, simultaneously addressing multiple challenges such as food security, resource and environmental sustainability, and climate change. This is related to SDG's 2, 12, 13 and 14.
How to feed a population of 9bn in 2050? This was the question posed which provided the impetus for Elsevier to launch the bi-annual International Conference on Global Food Security Conference in 2013. Now in its 3rd year this highly regarded, research-led conference is focusing on five core conference themes to reflect an integrated approach to identifying solutions to the complex global challenge of food security: 1. Food creation 2. Food safety and bio security 3. Food loss and waste 4. Food in a changing society 5. Food utilization. Achieving global food security whilst reconciling demands on the environment is the greatest challenge faced by mankind. This directly supports SDG 2: to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
This paper explores the impact of mobile phones on gender equality and nutrition in Uganda. Using panel data from rural Ugandan smallholder farmers, the researchers analysed the social welfare effects of mobile phones. A positive connection is found between increasing female mobile phone use and improvement in nutrition, relating to SDG 2 and SDG 5 and where women have access to and use a mobile phone the impact was greater.

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