World Food Day 2020 - Grow, nourish, sustain. Together.

Each year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrates World Food Day on October 16th to commemorate is founding in 1945. In support of this years theme - 'Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together' - Elsevier presents a curated, open access collection of 40 journal articles and book chapters focussed on increasing food security and sustainability. 

In the 75 years since the founding of FAO, the world has made great progress in the fight against poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. Agricultural productivity and food systems have come a long way. Still, too many people remain vulnerable.

As part of our SDG Impact of COVID-19 podcast series, RELX’s Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, Dr Márcia Balisciano, spoke to Dr Sam Scheiner, Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. As discussed during this episode, there is a clear link between nutrition and our immune systems, something that has become even more important in light of the pandemic. More than 2 billion people do not have regular access to enough safe, nutritious food. The COVID-19 pandemic has added to this challenge, threatening to reverse important gains in food security, nutrition, and livelihoods. Now is the time to address the persistent inequalities and inefficiencies that have continued to plague our food systems, economies and social support structures. Now is the time to build back better.

World Food Day 2020 is calling for global solidarity to help all populations, and especially the most vulnerable, to recover from the crisis, and to make food systems more resilient and robust so they can withstand increasing volatility and climate shocks, deliver affordable and sustainable healthy diets for all, and decent livelihoods for food system workers. This will require better social protection, innovation and digitalization, and sustainable agricultural practices that preserve the Earth’s natural resources, our health, and the climate. But we all have a role to play, from increasing the overall demand for nutritious food by choosing healthy, to not letting sustainable habits fall by the wayside, and joining the global solidarity effort, despite these uncertain times.


Green Food Processing Techniques: Preservation, Transformation and Extraction, 2019, Pages 1-21

Advancing SDGs 3, 9 and 12, this chapter gives an overview of green food processing concepts, strategies and tools.

Current Research in Food Science, Volume 3, November 2020, Pages 166-172

This journal article supports SDGs 2 and 3 by showing the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food systems.

Current Research in Food Science, Volume 3, November 2020, Pages 30-40

This article contributes to SDGs 2, 12 and 13 by investigating the willingness of omnivores to introduce mixed (beef-vegetable protein) and 100% vegetable protein products into their diet.

International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, Volume 21, October 2020, 100211

Insects are increasingly seen as a potential solution to provide a sustainable source of protein. Contributing to SDGs 2, 12 and 13, this article evaluates the liking of four insect-based snacks among young Italian consumers through a tasting panel involving 62 participants.

Polymer Science and Innovative Applications, Materials, Techniques, and Future Developments, 2020, Pages 525-543

This chapter supports SDGs 2, 9 and 12 by discussing the critical role that polymeric materials play in terms of food packaging - increasing responsible consumption and sustainability, supporting transport of food, and reducing food waste. The chapter also highlights the latest developments in bio-based/biodegradable food packaging which offers a more sustainable route than traditional synthetic plastic food packaging.

Saving Food, Production, Supply Chain, Food Waste, and Food Consumption, 2019, pages 1-31

Food losses and food waste (FLW) have attracted much attention in the world recently and become a priority in the global and national political agenda. Better understanding of the availability and quality of global FLW data is important for benchmarking reduction goals, environmental impacts analysis, and informing mitigation measures. In this chapter, the FLW data for 84 countries and 52 individual years during 1933 and 2014 in 202 publications were examined, contributing to SDG 12.

Agricultural Internet of Things and Decision Support for Precision Smart Farming, 2020, Pages 1-33

This chapter explores how using technology and precision farming can improve yields while protecting the earth's resources, advancing SDGs 2 and 12.

Microorganisms for Sustainable Environment and Health, 2020, pages 383-400

Food safety concerns every food handling facility and is intricately woven with food nutrition. There are many factors that can make food incongruous for the consumption of humans. Contributing to SDGs 2 and 3, this chapter highlights the different scenarios related to food in respect of microorganism growth, different types of food poisoning caused by different sources, like microbial contamination, pesticides residues, improper handling of food, personal unhygienic practices, and their safety measures.

Ensuring Food Security in Changing Scenarios, 2020, Pages 3-12

Advancing SDGs 2, 12 and 15, this chapter contributes to an understanding of the long-term impacts, challenges and benefits of agronomic practices impacts.

Wheat and Barley Grain Biofortification, 2020, Pages xxi-xxii

This chapter contributes to SDGs 2 and 3 by addressing topics associated with the alleviation of malnutrition in globally diverse populations via wheat and barley biofortification.